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Trump denies tariff rollback report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods. The Chinese official said Thursday that the two sides had agreed to a phased cancellation of ...

W.Va. AG Patrick Morrisey seeks to intervene in lawsuit against Frontier

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Friday he will seek to recoup millions of dollars West Virginia had to pay the federal government for mistakes Frontier Communications made a decade ago on a broadband grant. The Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to intervene ...

Weirton United Way hits halfway point in campaign

WEIRTON — The Weirton United Way is halfway to its goal for the 2019 campaign. United Way officials, agency representatives and volunteers gathered at the Salvation Army in Weirton Friday to hear the standings of this year’s fundraising efforts, which currently stand at $122,794.53, or 51 ...

Trinity Health System expands across river, opens Weirton office

WEIRTON — Trinity Health System took another step toward expanding its services in the Ohio Valley Friday when it opened its first location in West Virginia. Hospital officials were joined by representatives of the local business community, city officials and others in celebrating the ...

Bolton a no-show at panel hearing

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser John Bolton failed to appear for an interview with impeachment investigators Thursday, making it unlikely that he will provide testimony to the House about President Donald Trump’s handling of Ukraine. Democrats indicated they have no interest ...

Supreme Court’s guidance is sought

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday he welcomes guidance from the West Virginia Supreme Court after a judge issued an order to dismiss Morrisey’s suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane granted a motion brought by the ...

Animal cruelty measure proposed

WELLSBURG — Brooke County officials will be accepting comment from residents on a proposed animal cruelty ordinance for the county. A public hearing on the Animal Cruelty and Canine Tethering Ordinance will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Commission Room of the Brooke County ...

Potential service fee hike draws a reaction

WEIRTON — Before it goes up for a second reading, some members of Weirton Council are discussing the reaction from the community over a proposed increase to the city’s police and fire service fee. The issue was discussed Wednesday during a Finance Committee meeting. “I don’t want to ...

Secret Service study: Most school shooters showed warning signs

WASHINGTON — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to ...

‘Vision’

Area high school sophomores participating in this year’s Youth Leadership Weirton program gathered Tuesday at Christ United Methodist Church in Weirton, for their “Vision” session, which included lessons on setting goals and other skills to assist them in the business world. Their next ...

Steubenville man now facing arson and murder charges

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday added an arson charge to the murder charge facing a city man. Jason C. Twiley, 27, of Steubenville now faces an aggravated arson charge in connection with the Aug. 12 murder of 32-year-old Brittany Littlejohn. Twiley, ...

Wheeling takes flight in nation’s early aviation history

WHEELING — The Wheeling area played an interesting role in the nation’s early aviation history. Erin Rothenbuehler and Dale Rothert shared tidbits from that legacy Tuesday for the Ohio County Public Library’s Wheeling 250 series. Rothenbuehler, who is the library’s webmaster and one ...

Senate reaches miner pension deal

CHARLESTON — A bipartisan agreement has been reached on a bill to help shore up the pension plan for miners, West Virginia’s two U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said there was bipartisan support for the Bipartisan American ...

Going public

WASHINGTON — Democrats announced Wednesday they will launch public impeachment hearings next week, intending to bring to life weeks of closed-door testimony and lay out a convincing narrative of presidential misconduct by Donald Trump. First to testify will be William Taylor, the top ...

City deals with soil contamination at garage

WEIRTON — City council will consider a contract during its next meeting for environmental services at the city’s Public Works Department related to fuel tanks previously located at the department’s facility. The proposal — a contract with Core Environmental Services not to exceed ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Wheeling-Charleston Diocese

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County judge has granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the West Virginia Attorney General under the Consumer Credit and Protection Act against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The case, assigned to Judge J.D. Beane, was filed in March by Attorney General Patrick ...

Ready to leave it all out on the field

WEIRTON — Weirton firefighters and area Special Olympians will be facing off Saturday in a battle of the gridiron. Members of the Weirton Firefighters IAFF Local 948 and representatives of Hancock County Special Olympics will compete Saturday in a charity game of flag football. The game ...

Worker productivity falls for first time in four years

WASHINGTON — American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015. With economic growth slowing, in part because the stimulus from Trump administration tax cuts is fading, many economists worry that worker ...

Medical history made in West Virginia with state’s first heart transplant

MORGANTOWN — Surgeons at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance performed West Virginia’s first heart transplant on Saturday. Robert Parsons, 61, of Chesapeake, Ohio, received the transplanted heart in the inaugural ...

Judge tosses abortion rule

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care providers to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in ...