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GOP senators fall in line quickly on Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump’s push to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat as one of the last holdouts, Sen. Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he supports a vote despite Democrats’ objections it’s too ...

Nation’s coronavirus toll eclipses 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is ...

Brooke, Ohio counties ink agreement for emergency radios

WELLSBURG — On Tuesday the Brooke and Ohio county commissioners entered into a five-year agreement aimed at improving radio communications between Brooke County’s 911 call center and emergency departments. The agreement calls for the Brooke County Commission to pay $1.7 million over five ...

Trump at Pittsburgh-area rally: Biden against ‘oil, guns and God’

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — President Donald Trump predicted Tuesday that in 42 days, he will repeat his performance of 2016 and win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.    “I’m all for fracking,” he told the crowd. “My opponent is against oil, guns and God.” The Republican incumbent ...

Nation remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON — The body of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court this week, with arrangements to allow for public viewing despite the coronavirus pandemic, the court said Monday. Ginsburg’s casket will be on public view Wednesday and Thursday under the portico ...

Trump to name nominee to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Cour this week

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by week’s end, before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is buried, launching a monumental Senate confirmation fight ahead of the November election. Trump said he is planning to name his pick ...

Autopsy planned today on unidentified body found in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — An autopsy is pending on an unidentified body discovered Sunday afternoon in Hancock County. Chief Deputy Art Watson of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Monday morning that the department received a call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting the discovery of a body ...

Coronavirus shows signs of slowing in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The number of infections caused by the novel coronavirus continues its upward climb in West Virginia, but some indicators show the virus might be slowing down. Gov. Jim Justice and state officials gave a COVID-19 briefing Monday at the State Capitol Building. “This is a ...

Salango faults Justice for COVID-19 spread during Wheeling stop

WHEELING — West Virginia Democratic nominee for governor Ben Salango sees COVID-19 cases in the state continuing to increase this fall as current leadership sits on $1.25 billion in federal funds sent to West Virginia to help stop the spread of the virus. Salango arrived by Humvee Saturday ...

Never Alone WV donates $1,000 for support group

WEIRTON — The Weirton Christian Center is in the process of starting a grief support group for children, in partnership with Never Alone WV. Patti Barnabei, founder of Never Alone WV, recently presented $1,000 to assist in creating the program, called Never Alone Kids. It will support ...

Rotary Club presents scholarship

The Weirton Rotary Club on Thursday presented the Dan Wilson Scholarship award. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student in the accounting department at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Weirton campus. This year’s recipient is Leah Rotellini. Pictured, from left, are Jack ...

Outdoor production planned at Franciscan University of Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anathan Theatre will perform its mainstage student production outdoors Friday through Sunday. The fall play, “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” will be performed under the large tree on the lawn near Finnegan Fieldhouse. Proper social ...

Brooke County farmer reaps honors

WELLSBURG — Brooke County resident Eric Freeland, who owns and operates a produce and berry farm near Windsor Heights, has been chosen as West Virginia Northern Panhandle Soil Conservation District 2020 “Farm of the Year” — a distinction he takes great pride in for his family’s ...

Brooke, Ohio counties work together on radio system

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission recently announced it will form a partnership with the Ohio County Commission to improve communications between the county’s 911 call center and emergency departments. On Tuesday the Brooke County Commissioners approved a resolution calling for the ...

Weirton City Council to discuss event ordinance

WEIRTON — City council is scheduled to meet in a special session Wednesday to further discuss an ordinance establishing a permitting process for special events in the community, as well as to vote on an agreement involving a new residential development. Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the ...

West Virginia voter registration deadline fast approaching

WHEELING — The voting registration deadline in West Virginia is less than a month away, with the number of Republican voter registrations increasing throughout both the state and the Northern Panhandle so far this year, while Democratic numbers are decreasing. West Virginians not presently ...

More than 65K in West Virginia have requested mail-in ballots

WHEELING — More than 65,000 West Virginians already have requested an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 presidential election. A total of 65,348 requests had been verified by the county clerks as of Sept. 15, according to information provided by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s ...