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West Virginia governor Jim Justice: State will keep accepting refugees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that his state will keep accepting refugees, declining an offer by President Donald Trump's administration that lets states halt resettlement. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Republican governor wrote ...

I/DD waiver wait list becomes political issue in West Virginia going into 2020

CHARLESTON — Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are holding state government accountable for a promise made nearly five years ago to restore funding for a waiver program, and lawmakers and candidates in 2020 are trying to get in front of the issue. In 2015, ...

Hancock Commission approves bridge work request

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission met in special session Wednesday afternoon, approving a request from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department for a bridge repair and replacement project. The bridge is on the site of the sheriff's department's gun range. When crews with Shell ...

Students sing Christmas selections

The Rotary Club of Weirton recently heard from Michele Martin, principal of St. Paul School in Weirton, followed by a group of kindergarten through sixth grade pupils, who sang selections from the school’s Christmas program. Pictured with the pupils are the Rev. Babu Joseph Elamturuthil, ...

W.Va. to participate in 2020 Girls Go CyberStart

WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice announced on Wednesday that West Virginia will once again be joining in on the innovative competition, known as Girls Go CyberStart, that is designed to encourage girls and women to explore careers in cybersecurity. “We need to do everything we can to give our ...

A gift that keeps on giving

STEUBENVILLE — Just as one man’s trash is someone else’s treasure, so, too, the definition of what constitutes a special gift varies, based on the recipient. A diamond ring from the betrothed, for example, is precious indeed. Or rare tickets to a famous entertainer’s performance would ...

Gumm named new city planning director

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton officially has someone new leading development efforts on behalf of the municipality. Officials, Friday, announced Jessica Gumm has been named as the new director of planning and development for the City of Weirton, filling a position vacated earlier this year ...

Stead announces campaign for Hancock County sheriff

WEIRTON — The race to become the next sheriff of Hancock County is heating up. Rick Stead, a long-time member of the local law enforcement community, announced Friday his intention to seek office as the county's top cop. "I've spent my entire adult life in service to the community," Stead ...

Talking mental health

State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Wellsburg, led a roundtable discussion Friday at Weirton Medical Center, focusing on mental health issues in the state. Medical officials, along with hospital administrators, spoke with Weld about some of the challenges they face in finding treatments for people with ...

Letter: Officers felt unsafe enacting Trump asylum crackdown

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border officers charged with turning away asylum seekers under Trump administration policy accused their leadership of misleading the public and disregarding concerns for their own safety, according to documents released to The Associated Press. A March 2019 letter sent ...

Stocks climb as S&P 500 closes in on 10th winning week in 11

Stocks notched broad gains on Wall Street Friday, nudging the major indexes toward more record highs and another weekly gain for the S&P 500. The benchmark index was on track to close out its 10th winning week in the last 11. Trading could be lumpy Friday, with contracts set to expire ...

Universities enter consortium agreement

WHEELING — Wheeling University, West Liberty University and Bethany College are partnering through a formal consortium agreement which offers students from each school the opportunity to complete courses that will be accepted at their home institution through the Cross-Registration ...

The Linsly School announces campus improvement project

WHEELING — The Linsly School has announced a campus improvement project that will include the construction of a new dormitory to house residential boarding students and Linsly faculty. The Wheeling Planning Commission approved the project, which is scheduled for groundbreaking this spring, ...

Trade pact clears House

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that puts in place terms of ...

Deal delivers blow to Big Pharma

A revamped North American trade deal nearing passage in Congress gives both the White House and Democrats a chance to claim victory and offers farmers and businesses clearer rules governing the vast flow of goods among the United States, Canada and Mexico. But the pact leaves at least one ...

Senate OKs budget; Trump to sign it

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a $1.4 trillion government spending package Thursday in a last bipartisan burst of legislating before bolting for the holidays from a Capitol riven by impeachment. Lawmakers cleared the two-bill package in a set of votes, sending it to President Donald Trump ...

Man admits to selling drugs in Hancock County

WHEELING — A Wintersville man has admitted to operating a drug distribution operation in the area, according to information from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office. Powell’s office announced Thursday Ryan Thomas Savage, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine ...

Groups at odds on bill

CHARLESTON — Christian leaders brought together Thursday by Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said they were opposed to adding workplace and housing protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, but a majority of public speakers voiced support for the newly named ...

Impeachment trial plans are in disarray

WASHINGTON — Congress has headed home for the holidays leaving plans and a possible timeline for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in disarray. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Thursday that Senate Republicans must provide details on witnesses and testimony before ...

Federal crackdown on robocalls is expected to become law

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would stiffen enforcement and require that phone companies offer free consumer ...