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Gov. Justice names Amjad as new state health officer to replace Slemp

CHARLESTON — Dr. Ayne Amjad, a Beckley-based physician, will replace Dr. Cathy Slemp as the state health officer and commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health. Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of Amjad Friday during his coronavirus briefing at the Capitol. Amjad, ...

No peeking, voters: Trump’s taxes to remain private

WASHINGTON — Rejecting President Donald Trump’s claims that he’s being harassed, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a New York prosecutor’s demands for the billionaire president’s tax records. But in good political news for Trump, his taxes and other financial records ...

Thousands more file for unemployment in West Virginia

About 3,100 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus continues to damage the economy, according to federal statistics released Thursday. The jobless claims in the state were slightly down from the previous week but remain much higher than pre-pandemic ...

U.S. economic recovery may be stalling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is stumbling as the viral outbreak intensifies, threatening to slow hiring and deepening the uncertainty for employees, consumers and companies across the country. Coronavirus case counts are rising in 38 states, and the nation as a whole has been shattering ...

No timetable to reopen city building to public, Weirton officials say

WEIRTON — Assistant City Manager DeeAnn Pulliam said the city continues to take precautions while providing services to the community. Those precautions including having the Municipal Building closed to the public, while encouraging residents to pay their bills either by mail, by a drop ...

Opening classrooms may mean hard choices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. A growing chorus of public health ...

Former Diocese of Steubenville comptroller indicted by grand jury

STEUBENVILLE — Former Diocese of Steubenville comptroller David A. Franklin has been charged by a Jefferson County grand jury with four counts of theft, receiving stolen property, falsification and defrauding creditors. Wednesday’s charges, all felonies, come just one day after Franklin ...

WMC offers reminder of COVID testing

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center officials are reminding area residents of the services the hospital provides in relation to testing for the COVID-19 virus. “WMC operates an external testing facility outside our emergency entrance and we definitely have seen periodic upticks in COVID ...

Contact tracing is done to slow the spread of COVID-19

In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie Myers, public information ...

Virtual Women in STEM event on tap at science center

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Science Center announces the Women in STEM Speaker Series, a weekly virtual event featuring interactive conversations with inspiring role models who have established themselves as experts in a variety of STEM fields. The series will be hosted by the science center ...

July 10: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The 74th-annual Weirton Steel Corp. 25-Year Club picnic set for July 18 has been canceled. ¯ A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center has ...

Trump issues funding threat if schools don’t reopen

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump proposed on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. He said that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are impractical ...

West Virginia delays start of school year to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced ...

Justice: Mask order in West Virginia could get teeth

CHARLESTON — More than 48 hours after Gov. Jim Justice signed a mandatory — but toothless — executive order requiring face masks inside offices and businesses, Justice said penalties for not wearing masks could be coming if coronavirus cases continue to spike. Justice signed an ...

Weirton still holding off on building demolition

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton is continuing to hold off on unbudgeted expenses until officials have a more clear picture of the city’s expenses. The city’s Finance Committee met Wednesday morning, deciding to table two resolutions focused on the demolition of a property in the ...

Salango leads Justice in fundraising for West Virginia governor’s race

CHARLESTON — Candidates going into the November general election filed campaign finance reports for the second quarter Tuesday. Candidates for Board of Public Works offices had until the end of the day Tuesday to electronically file their second quarter campaign finance reports with the ...

Brooke County Schools to auction off old equipment

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education has hired an auctioneer to accept bids for security equipment, furniture and other materials from the school buildings it sold earlier this year. The board approved a contract Monday with Brian Shafer of The Auction Block of Wellsburg, the ...

U.S. Route 22 lane closures set in Weirton

WEIRTON — The West Virginia Division of Highways advises that intermittent lane closures along both directions of U.S. Route 22 will occur from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Friday. The closures will be from Exit 3, Harmon Creek, to the Pennsylvania state line to allow Swank Construction ...

Coronavirus forces cancellation of West Virginia’s annual Bridge Day

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — An annual bridge-jumping event in southern West Virginia has been canceled. The Bridge Day Commission announced Wednesday that the Oct. 17 event was called off due to uncertainty about the safety of mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of ...

Weir senior awards announced

WEIRTON — Although unable to hold its annual Senior Recognition Assembly this spring in the Carl R. Hamill Field House, Weir High still honored its Class of 2020 graduates who received scholarships and awards toward their higher education goals. Thirty-three 2020 graduates were awarded the ...