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Drama erupts on W.Va. House floor

CHARLESTON — Tempers flared Wednesday in the Legislature as one delegate required multiple bills to be read in full to protest lack of action on an alleged incident with another lawmaker. Delegate Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, made motion after motion Wednesday to have bills up for third ...

Candidate challenging Justice for GOP nomination visits Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — A Republican candidate for governor said, if elected, he will push for administrative cuts to the West Virginia Department of Transportation to support more road crews and a revamp of the state’s tax code. Charles Sheedy Sr. of Cameron has some knowledge of the WVDOT, having ...

Future uncertain for National Guard bill

CHARLESTON — A day after a House of Delegates committee approved a bill that would limit the West Virginia National Guard’s involvement in foreign conflicts, lawmakers chose Wednesday to let the bill continue on to the House Judiciary Committee over the objections of the bill’s ...

Chaos reigns in committee session

CHARLESTON — The House Veterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security Committee moved three bills Tuesday afternoon amid questions regarding the use of the West Virginia National Guard, how a state agency conducts intelligence and controversy over the unexpected testimony of a Republican political ...

Weir High students recognized for voter registration efforts

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced this week that Sarah Hudacheck and Olivia Dowler of Weir High School were selected as honorary secretaries of state for their efforts to register classmates to vote. The students are among those from across the state to be ...

Wheeling University PT program visits Mexico

WHEELING — Transforming lives is at the heart of Wheeling University’s physical therapy department’s service-learning program in Mexico. For the past 20 years, the department’s service-learning program has been changing the lives of students and faculty, as well as the patients. The ...

Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Company presents ‘The Final Rose’

WINTERSVILLE — Fun, food and murder are coming Friday to Zalenski’s Eatery and Pub. That’s when the Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Company will present “The Final Rose,” an interactive mystery featuring intrigue and laughs. It’s the Season 20 finale of the hit matchmaking reality ...

Film society to show Dunkirk

STEUBENVILLE — The Franciscan University Film Society continues its virtual trek through “The World Wars” with a showing of Dunkirk on Feb. 28. Dunkirk tells the story of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France, who though surrounded by the German army, are evacuated ...

Make a mummy at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH — Talk to a scientist who mummified a real human, make your own miniature mummy to take home, explore the history and science of mummification, and more at Carnegie Science Center’s Mummy Mania Weekend, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22-23. As Pittsburgh’s most-visited ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Upcoming area concerts include: ¯ Sunday: The Spinners, 3 p.m., Palace Theater, Greensburg. ¯ Wednesday: Excision 2020 Tour featuring the Evolution, 7 p.m. Stage AE. ¯ Wednesday: Tedeschi Trucks Band, 7:30 p.m., UPMC Events Center, Moon Township. ¯ Feb. 20: Chance the Rapper, 7 ...

Powell: U.S. economy appears durable

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears durable, with steady growth and unemployment near a half-century low, but faces risks from the broadening viral outbreak that began in China. Powell also said that the Fed is content with where ...

New safety committee planned in Weirton

WEIRTON — Weirton municipal officials are looking for ways to better coordinate addressing the safety needs of area residents. During Monday’s meeting of Weirton Council, City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo announced plans to create a new Public Safety Committee. “It’s a collaboration ...

Wellsburg Council OK’s monument, murals

WELLSBURG — On Tuesday Wellsburg Council approved a monument noting the former location of Miller’s Tavern and authorized a Brooke High School senior to paint murals at multiple city parks. Council had been approached by resident Walter Ferguson about establishing a monument to the ...

Tim Tebow Bill gets touchdown in West Virginia Senate

CHARLESTON — A bill to allow home school, private school and parochial school students the opportunity to play sports at public schools made it through the West Virginia Senate, Tuesday, for the second time in five years. Senate Bill 131 passed the Senate in a 25-9 vote with one member ...

Sanders edges Buttigieg in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his Tuesday night win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic ...

Lane restriction set for Route 2

WELLSBURG – A single lane restriction on state Route 2 from Beech Bottom to Wellsburg will be effective immediately through April 1, according to information provided by the West Virginia Division of Highways. Two-way traffic will be maintained in one lane by traffic signals 24 hours a day, ...

State readying for another round of rain

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday instructed emergency officials to be ready for more flooding this week as another round of heavy rain is expected to douse West Virginia and is already leading to school closures. The Republican governor said officials are monitoring water levels in ...

Local Ohio governments seeking unity in opioid litigation

COLUMBUS (AP) — Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately in Columbus Tuesday to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid settlement, potentially positioning them to enter settlement talks with drugmakers as a united front. About 75 mayors, county ...

Black History Month noted

During Monday’s meeting of Weirton Council, Mayor Harold Miller presented a proclamation in honor of the observance of Black History Month in February. Accepting the proclamation were, from left, William Curenton, a long-time member of the Weirton Parks Board; Jonathan Curenton, who has ...

Manchin announces website for speed test data

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has announced a new webpage where constituents can complete and submit an internet speed test to the Federal Communications Commission, as part of his continuing campaign to bring reliable broadband internet access to rural communities in West ...