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VIP winner

Crystal Willis of Wellsburg, right, the winner of of two VIP tickets to the Blame My Roots country music festival, is congratulated by Barbara Ballint, executive director of the Belmont County Tourism Council. The contest was conducted on Facebook from June 1-30, and the winner was chosen July ...

UAW president opens contract talks with GM

LORDSTOWN — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones opened contract talks with General Motors reminding the automaker of what the union has repeatedly said since GM announced it would close four U.S. plants, including its assembly plant in Lordstown. We invested in you, now it’s your ...

Pentagon nominee faces senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump’s nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey’s decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. “It is very disheartening to ...

Judge orders release of opioid data

CLEVELAND (AP) — A look at how the opioid crisis grew and spread may be much clearer soon after a federal judge overseeing nearly 2,000 lawsuits filed against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of prescription painkillers ordered the release of data showing where those drugs were ...

City gets loans for utility upgrades

WEIRTON — City utility officials are moving forward with plans to potentially expand on Weirton’s water and sanitary services in anticipation of future economic development in the city. During a July 8 meeting, members of a task force created to study the issue announced the city had been ...

U.S. industrial production remained flat during June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production was flat in June, as a slump in utilities was offset by gains in output by factories and mining. The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that manufacturing production increased 0.4 percent last month, aided by a nearly 3 percent surge at auto plants. ...

Some are allowed to seek asylum

Nearly two dozen immigrants were allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another country to reach the United States. The ...

Retired Supreme Court justice Stevens dies at 99

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, ...

Senators skeptical of Facebook currency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users’ data. “We know we need to take ...

Blood donors turn out at WesBanco Arena

WHEELING — It is during the summer months the American Red Cross experiences a significant drop in blood donations. So for the dozens of donors who turned out at WesBanco Arena Monday for a blood drive sponsored by the Wheeling Nailers Hockey organization, those donations couldn’t come at a ...

Senators, interior secretary tour Canaan wildlife refuge

DAVIS — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito toured Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Monday morning along with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to see how work on the new visitors center is progressing as a result of federal funding. “Canaan Valley is a ...

Pet blessing held

Marty and Carol Kosut and their pet, Coco, listen as the Rev. Bob Macek speaks at a pet blessing and memorial held at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester Saturday. -- Contributed

Portrait given to Weirton Rotary president

During the July 10 meeting of the Weirton Rotary, club President William Galloway received a hand-painted portrait of his service dog, Ziva, from local artist Maryann Reese. -- Contributed

Funding provided for Belmont County cracker plant site preparation

DILLES BOTTOM — Another $65 million is being invested in site preparation work for a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. JobsOhio, a private nonprofit economic development organization, awarded a $30 million revitalization grant to PTT Global Chemical America of Thailand and ...

Work continues on bridge contruction

WELLSBURG — Construction of a new $131 million bridge to span the Ohio River continues between Wellsburg and Brilliant. The future 830-foot, tied-arch span bridge is being built by the Flatiron Corp. of Broomfield, Colo., and is expected to be completed sometime in 2021. Work on the ...

Job fair continues to grow

WEIRTON — With only a few days before what officials say will be Brooke County’s first large-scale job fair, some of the participating employers are discussing what they are looking for in potential workers. The job fair will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vito’s 2, located at 570 ...

Mnuchin says budget deal is ‘very close’

WASHINGTON — It’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between ...

Trump signs order to make American-made more American

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for ...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

WASHINGTON — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president’s most forceful attempt to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in ...

Cornelius to sue over removal from Wood County Republican Executive Committee

CHARLESTON — After being denied his appeal of his removal as a chairman and member of the Wood County Executive Committee, Rob Cornelius announced Monday his intent to sue the state’s chief elections officer. In a statement Monday, Cornelius — still styling himself as chairman of the ...