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Bucs have young fans thinking spring

WEIRTON — With spring training just around the corner, the Pirates CARE-A-Van made its second day of stops on Thursday. One of those was the Weirton Elementary School. New manager Derek Shelton, All-Star first baseman Josh Bell and right-handed pitcher Clay Holmes were among the ...

Dems outline alleged abuses

WASHINGTON — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case Thursday at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press ...

Advocates call for action on LGBTQ bill

CHARLESTON — Supporters of a bill to put sexual orientation and gender identity in the state’s non-discrimination ordinances rallied in front of the state Senate Chamber Thursday while a group of Christians sent a letter calling for the bill to make it to a committee agenda. Thursday was ...

McKinley files to run for a sixth term

CHARLESTON — The remaining incumbents to the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia filed for re-election on Wednesday. David McKinley, R-1st, and Carol Miller, R-3rd, filed in the office of the Secretary of State to run in the May 12 Republican primary for the House. Rep. Alex ...

New visa restrictions aim to cut back on ‘birth tourism’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is imposing new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship. The regulations, which take effect Friday, address one of President Donald Trump’s ...

Trump EPA rolls back water rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and ...

Bethany College observes MLK Day by giving back

BETHANY — Dozens of Bethany College students spent their lunch Monday completing service projects as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. During lunch Monday, students created Valentine’s Day cards for senior citizens and thank-you notes to veterans and created ...

Name, structure of West Virginia department could change

CHARLESTON — The name and structure of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety could change if a bill introduced Wednesday on behalf of Gov. Jim Justice makes it through the legislative session. Senate Bill 586 was introduced Wednesday. The bill would reorganize and ...

Guest speaker

Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander served as the guest speaker for Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights. Alexander shared his vision for the department, and how it is progressing with new ways to keep the city safe. Pictured, from left, are Rotarian and Ward 5 Councilwoman ...

Ohio Supreme Court to hear appeal of ruling over video of judge’s shooting

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Supreme Court stated Tuesday it will hear an appeal of a ruling that the video of the shooting of Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. shouldn’t be released to The Associated Press. AP reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins on the day of the shooting in ...

Police investigating racist drawing at W.Va. high school

CHARLESTON (AP) — Police are investigating what a prosecutor said was a racist drawing that was posted at a southern West Virginia high school and targeted a biracial basketball player from a rival team. West Virginia State Police spokeswoman Capt. Shallon Oglesby said in a statement that ...

Escapee recaptured in downtown Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Police have recaptured a 42-year-old man who escaped from Trinity Medical Center West this morning after claiming he was having chest pains following his arrest in connection with a string of breaking and enterings, Police Chief Bill McCafferty said. Richard Schoonover of 611 ...

Dems appeal to GOP

WASHINGTON — House Democrats launched into marathon arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, appealing to skeptical Republican senators to join them in voting to oust Trump from office to “protect our democracy.” Trump’s lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, ...

Shelter dogs could be top dogs in W.Va.

WHEELING — It’s said that every dog has its day, and shelter dogs soon could get “top dog” status in West Virginia. A resolution proposed by Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, would designate canines adopted from West Virginia animal ...

Planners studying oil, gas traffic

STEUBENVILLE — The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission is measuring truck traffic from the oil and gas industry to help prioritize heavily traveled roads for improvements. At Wednesday’s BHJ meeting, Cody Cresap, BHJ transportation engineer, reported traffic counts ...

Paine: Grad requirement change should be history

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s public schools superintendent wants the state Board of Education not to reduce the number of social studies courses required for high school graduation. Superintendent Steve Paine said in a statement Monday that he will make the recommendation based on an ...

Chester officials deny permit for RV park

CHESTER — An application to construct a recreational vehicle park was denied Tuesday during a special meeting of Chester City Council. “The city of Chester finds that it must follow the 2018 court issue by Judge (James) Mazzone,” said Mayor Ken Morris. At its December meeting, council ...

Trump: Threat of sanctions in Iraq remains on the table

BAGHDAD — U.S. President Donald Trump hinted that sanctions on Iraq were still a possibility in a bilateral meeting with Iraq’s president Wednesday, the first since a U.S. drone strike on Iraqi soil killed a top Iranian general, straining Washington-Baghdad ties. Iraq’s President ...

Winner of Christmas Tree Display Contest

The Weirton Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners announced recently that Granato’s Deli has won the 12th-annual Weirton Millsop Community Center Christmas Tree Display Contest. The trees were on display in the Weirton Room at WMCC from Nov. 30 until Jan. 7. During that time, visitors ...