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HEPC presents budget

CHARLESTON ­ — Even as the governor’s commission looking at West Virginia’s college and universities considers eliminating it and transferring some of its responsibilities to another agency, the Higher Education Policy Commission presented its budget to lawmakers Monday. The House ...

Morrisey pitches moving Medicaid Fraud Unit to lawmakers

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants lawmakers to turn over the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office The Senate Finance Committee heard from Morrisey during his offices’ annual budget presentation Monday afternoon. The office has requested a budget of ...

AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump lawyers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, describing a critical prong of the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “fatally ...

Sponsor

Dee-Jay’s BBQ Ribs and Grille has signed on as a “Pro-Bowl” level sponsor for the Weirton United Way’s eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate, set for Feb. 2 at Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown. Tickets are $25 each in advance, and $30 at the door if available, and can be purchased ...

Project HOPE plans spa day

WHEELING — Project H.O.P.E., Wheeling’s street medicine team, will hold a day of pampering for local women who are experiencing homelessness. The theme for this event will be “Hope is Stronger Than Fear.” The spa day event will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at the McLure ...

Health company giving drug disposal kits to West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — A health care company is donating thousands of disposal kits to help West Virginia residents dispose of unused opioids and other drugs. Gov. Jim Justice announced that UnitedHealthcare will give 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to give to people ...

Divide on southern border wall goes on

WASHINGTON — A leading Senate Republican close to President Donald Trump says Trump isn’t giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue that’s caused the partial government shutdown that’s now in its fourth week. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged ...

Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that ...

Transit providers looking for ideas

WEIRTON — The State of West Virginia and area public transportation providers are looking into updating strategies for meeting any unmet needs in public transit for area residents. Representatives of several local agencies gathered Thursday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library to discuss a ...

Franciscan students get ready for March for Life

STEUBENVILLE — On Friday, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Students for Life will head up the university’s pilgrimage to the nation’s capital for the 46th March for Life. Eight buses with nearly 500 Franciscan University students will arrive in Washington, D.C. for the largest ...

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While ...

Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice

WASHINGTON (AP) — A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. Virginia State Police said ...

DeWine ‘cautiously optimistic’ about cracker plant

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he prepared to become Ohio’s next governor today, Mike DeWine said he is “cautiously optimistic” an ethane cracker plant soon will be announced for Belmont County. “I think the benefits for Eastern Ohio will be not just the jobs that come from the cracker plant, ...

Tattoo studio finds new beginning after destructive crash

FAIRMONT (AP) — This past summer, the lives of Jack and Della Gorbey were turned upside down. At 2:24 a.m. on July 25, a tractor-trailer crashed into their business, Derma Doodlezz Tattoo Studio, formerly located on Meadowdale Road. With their tattoo studio reduced to rubble, they lost ...

Four foster kids die in house fire

CLAY — Authorities in West Virginia say four foster children have been killed in a house fire. Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic tells news outlets the fire destroyed the home Saturday night in Clay. The state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and ...

Teacher sues over firing for posts

HUNTINGTON — A high school teacher in West Virginia is suing over her firing in 2017 for a series of social media posts that ridiculed blacks, Muslims and former President Barack Obama. According to The Herald-Dispatch , ex-Huntington High School teacher Mary Durstein sued former Cabell ...

Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday as the longest ever, members of Congress were out of town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with ...

Swartzmiller to push for end of Social Security Tax

WHEELING — Delegate Randy Swartzmiller promises to work this session to push Gov. Jim Justice's initiative to eliminate the state's tax on Social Security benefits. Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, intends to focus on the issue as the 2019 legislative session begins in Charleston. He pushed for it ...

Former Justice Loughry’s second motion for new trial dismissed

CHARLESTON — A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the second of two appeals by former West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Allen Loughry for acquittal and a new trial in an 11-count conviction, but did drop one of the charges. Judge John Copenhaver handed down the memorandum ...