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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 ...

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case ...

Bob Miller to lead road group

WHEELING — Following months of championing the expansion of Interstate 68 from Morgantown to Moundsville, former Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller is now the executive director of the West Virginia Route 2/I-68 Authority. Board members last week selected Miller for the job. He ...

Donors urged to roll up their sleeves

WHEELING — Despite dire weather predicted for the holiday weekend, the American Red Cross is prepared to hold its 33rd annual Ohio Valley Media Blood Donor Day on Monday at WesBanco Arena. The blood drive is set from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the arena’s main floor. Donors can register in ...

Senators Capito, Portman to serve as deputy whips

WHEELING — Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., announced that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will continue to serve as a deputy whip for the 116th Congress. In addition to Capito, several other members will serve as deputy whips, including Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, ...

MBA in Healthcare charts new path for professionals

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University has a new online master’s degree that officials say is just what the doctor ordered for healthcare professionals. The recently announced MBA tract focuses on healthcare management and is designed for business professionals seeking advancement in the ...

Jefferson County Commission takes swift action on water line issue

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday took the unusual step of declaring an emergency, bypassing competitive bids, and approving an agreement to replace a section of water line which feeds the Smithfield and Piney Fork areas. Michael Eroshevich, county water and sewer ...

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his speech

WASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing their political powers ...

Brooke confirms six Legionnaire’s cases

WHEELING — Six cases of Legionnaires’ disease — an infection caused by Legionella bacteria — have been identified in Brooke County. “At this time, there appears to be no related link to the cases,” administrator Michael Bolen said Tuesday. A few months ago, six other cases of ...

Broadband Expansion Act passes first hurdle

CHARLESTON — Piggy-backing off of last year’s efforts to promote expansion of high-speed internet in West Virginia, a new bill plans to give financial incentives to companies to grow broadband into the state’s underserved rural regions. The newly renamed House Technology and ...

Trump: Missile defense in space coming

WASHINGTON — Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries. Trump said in a Pentagon ...

Thousands more children may have been separated

WASHINGTON — It seems likely that thousands more migrant children were split from their families than the Trump administration has acknowledged, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a ...

W.Va. issuing S.N.A.P. benefits early

CHARLESTON — A state agency is releasing next month’s S.N.A.P. benefits early because of the partial government shutdown. The Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families will issue February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to eligible clients on ...

Shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide ...

Weirton man back in custody

NEW CUMBERLAND — A Weirton man who escaped from law enforcement Wednesday is back in custody following a search in Hancock County. According to information released by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Ian Kolman, 23, escaped from custody after being remanded to the West Virginia ...

Brooke County schools dismissing early

WELLSBURG — According to Brooke County officials, Brooke County Schools will be dismissing early today. Brooke High and Brooke Middle schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m., and primary schools will follow.

Three arrested as part of meth investigation in Weirton

WEIRTON — Three area residents are being held in the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail after being arrested as part of an investigation into the distribution of crystal methamphetamine in downtown Weirton. Arrested Tuesday, as part of the investigation by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug ...

Narrowing down the field of candidates

CHARLESTON — A bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday could help narrow down crowded fields of candidates running for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. A committee substitute for House Bill 2008 would create a run-off system where the top two candidates in a state ...

First bills of the 2019 session pass West Virginia Senate, House of Delegates

CHARLESTON — A week after the start of the 2019 West Virginia Legislature, the Senate and House of Delegates are already passing bills. On Wednesday, the House unanimously passed two bills. One, House Bill 2531, provides regulations for prior authorizations, requirements for doctors to ...

Manchin backs measure aimed at preserving coverage of pre-existing conditions

WHEELING — Sen. Joe Manchin will reintroduce a resolution aimed at preserving insurance protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. At a press conference Tuesday in Washington, Manchin, D-W.Va., explained the measure. He said it would direct Senate’s legal team to ...