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Shutdown reaches 30-day mark

WASHINGTON — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he’d billed as a compromise. Trump had offered ...

A look at everyday effects of shutdown

You and your loved ones aren’t federal employees or contractors, and you don’t live in a setting or have a job closely tied to government programs. So what does the government shutdown have to do with you? More than you might think. Washington’s doings, or not-doings, can be woven into ...

Large swath of nation plunges into deep freeze

BOSTON — Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the ...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP’s midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he’s allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he’s not ...

Furloughed employees volunteer

MARTINSBURG — A group of furloughed federal employees volunteered this past Tuesday with the Meals on Wheels program in Berkeley County in order to give back to the community while out of work. “We wouldn’t be here without our volunteers,” said Dianne Waldron, program manager of Meals ...

Constant vigilance keeps W.Va. elk out of poachers’ hands

CHARLESTON (AP) — Conventional wisdom said police in southwestern West Virginia would have a tough time keeping elk from being poached. Conventional wisdom was wrong. Since elk were stocked there late in 2016, not a single animal has been killed illegally. Capt. Terry Ballard of the state ...

Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown impasse and fund his long-promised border wall, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protection for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But while Trump cast the move as a "common-sense compromise," ...

Weld introduces Veterans Court Bill

West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld has introduced his bill to re-establilsh veterans courts in the state. Senate Bill 40 establishes a Military Service Members Court program within the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, with the Supreme Court's administrator charged with overseeing the ...

New substitute teachers hired in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — Several new substitute teachers were hired by the Hancock County Board of Education during its meeting Monday. Six countywide substitute teachers were approved for the 2018-2019 school year, which included Haley Bowman, Alexandria Bruno, Kayla Hinchee, Caitlyn Knotts, Amy ...

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The ...

Rotary plans Mardi Gras Gala

Tony Viola II, Weirton Height Rotary president was speaker at the Weirton Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, regarding plans for the annual Mardi Gras Gala. The event will be held Feb. 23 at Williams Golf and Country Club, with proceeds going toward new playground facilities at the J.C. Williams ...

DeWine: Keep line rolling at GM in Lordstown

WARREN, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine’s message to General Motors CEO Mary Barra is direct: Ohio is ready and willing to put together an incentive package to keep the firm making vehicles at its plant in Lordstown. But if General Motors continues with its intent to idle the facility in March, ...

Student housing regulation discussions expected by Steubenville officials

STEUBENVILLE — City officials hope to resume discussions of student housing regulations in the near future. Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission had established a subcommittee to focus on problems regulating housing for college students, ...

Building healthy relationships

STEUBENVILLE — People impact relationships and are impacted by them. And that, says Vaughn A. Foster Sr., makes relationship building important not just for couples but for businesses, schools and churches, too. The Steubenville man launched the nonprofit organization Relationship ...

Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites Trump ‘leak’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday canceled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying President Donald Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip. It was the latest twist in what has become a Washington game of ...

Trump, North Korean leader to hold 2nd summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear program, the White House announced Friday. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after ...

Delegates seek term limits for West Virginia’s congressional delegation

CHARLESTON — A resolution seeking term limits in Congress was introduced Thursday in the West Virginia Legislature. House Joint Resolution 14, assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, would add West Virginia to the list of states proposing congressional term limits. West Virginia would ...

Congress to probe report Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are vowing to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, calling that possibility a "concern of the greatest magnitude." Trump's current lawyer said the allegations ...