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EDA grants, Red Cross focus in Brooke

WELLSBURG — The recent announcement of federal grants for two industrial parks in Brooke County and efforts by the American Red Cross were discussed at Tuesday’s Brooke County Commission meeting. County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi said he wanted to thank U.S. Rep. David McKinley, ...

Weirton Chamber looks to future

CHESTER — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to its past while looking to the future Tuesday, during its annual membership meeting and banquet. Chamber members and guests gathered at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, welcomed by President Brenda Mull. Mull noted it ...

Trump is hopeful ahead of talks with North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — An enigmatic North Korean leader takes a secretive train trip to China to affirm fraternal ties and declare a commitment to denuclearization. It sounds like Kim Jong Un’s visit this week, but his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il made similar declarations on a trip to ...

House ordered demolished over fears of collapse

WEIRTON — A house officials say is in danger of collapsing was ordered demolished Wednesday, during a special meeting of the city’s Building Enforcement Agency. By a 2-0 vote, the demolition of 209 Culler Road, owned by James Rood, was approved, with the usual timeline requirements for ...

Hancock passes alternative learning center agreement

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education has approved its agreement with the Brooke County school board for operations of a proposed joint alternative learning center. Approved by a 4-1 vote Monday, with board member Tim Reinard voting against, the agreement includes the ...

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Mia Budney, left, and her sister Harper Budney, filled their baskets with Easter eggs during the Chester Lions Club’s annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny held Saturday at the Chester Municipal Building. More than 120 children participated in the day’s events, which featured nearly 3,000 ...

No goal too lofty, astronaut tells students in Wheeling

WHEELING — Astronaut Peggy Whitson — the first woman to command the International Space Station — told young girls at Madison Elementary School on Tuesday that although she had never been to Mars, they may one day be able fly there. Whitson joined U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, ...

‘Stuff the Truck’ event in will help feed familes

WHEELING — Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling again will attempt to feed those in need this Easter weekend, but money is tight. The church’s annual Easter food basket giveaway is set to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Wheeling Community Dream Center, 407 Main St. The ...

On the march

A March for Our Lives event was held Saturday in Steubenville, with a variety of participants, young and old, speaking out against gun violence. Participants began at the Jefferson County Courthouse and then walked along Third Street to the entrance of the Steubenville High School. Statements ...

Three Rivers Arts Festival reveals featured music lineup

PITTSBURGH — The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a free festival celebrating music and art, returns to Point State Park, Gateway Plaza and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh June 1-10. This year’s lineup of free and open-to-the-public performances features American ...

Entertainment briefs

FUS presents ‘The Crucible’ STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville will travel back in time to Salem, Mass., 1692, with a performance of “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. “The Crucible” is a modern tragedy based on the actual witch trials of 1692. When a group of ...

Earth, Wood, and Fire exhibit announced

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center will present Earth, Wood and Fire, an exhibit of professional artists’ work in wood, clay and stone, through April 20. Entries include works from both regional artists and visiting artists from across the country. The exhibit also ...

Turnpike toll increases considered

CHARLESTON (AP) — The agency that oversees the West Virginia Turnpike is considering toll increases. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Parkways Authority unveiled a preliminary study during a finance committee meeting Tuesday in Charleston. Passenger vehicles currently ...

Law limits opioid prescriptions

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain. Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed the bill that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending on who ...

Poll: Trump’s approval rating up

WASHINGTON — The good news for President Donald Trump? His approval rating is up 7 points since last month, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The bad news? That only lifts Trump’s approval to 42 percent, low for a president at this ...

Census question draws protest

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 census set off worries among Democrats on Tuesday that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing many ...

Diocese of Steubenville audit near conclusion

STEUBENVILLE — As Holy Week progresses toward Easter Sunday, an audit of the finances of the Diocese of Steubenville is nearing conclusion. The diocese said Tuesday it anticipates completion of an investigation of its finance office to be completed by mid-April. In a statement released ...

West Virginia governor signs food stamp bill

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s governor has signed a bill to impose the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients statewide. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. It applies to people ages 18 to 49 who aren’t ...

McKinley visits C.H.A.N.G.E.

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., visited the C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc. administrative office Monday to participate in a round table discussion on how the organization is working to combat the opiate epidemic. Representatives of C.H.A.N.G.E.’s school-based health center, behavioral health, family ...

NATO joins wave of Russian diplomat expulsions

LONDON — NATO on Tuesday joined a wave of countries and groups expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia denounced the actions as “boorish” and pledged to retaliate. The mass expulsions were a show of solidarity for Britain, which blames ...