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Justice names new acting transportation secretary

CHARLESTON — The person taking the place of Tom Smith, the recently fired secretary of the Department of Transportation, is a friend, a former employee and a campaign donor to Gov. Jim Justice. During a press conference Wednesday to announce additional funding for secondary road ...

Hancock commision sticking with public comment policy

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission, Thursday, opted to remain with its current practices for public comment during its meetings. The issue was raised during the commission’s Feb. 28 meeting, during which time Commission President Joe Barnabei requested county Assistant ...

Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate firmly rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his ...

FBI debated in 2016 how aggressively to probe Trump campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the early days of the Russia investigation, FBI officials debated whether Donald Trump’s chance of winning should factor into how aggressively they investigated potential coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, two FBI officials told Congress last year, ...

Brooke Farmers Market set to expand vendor base

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Farmers Market is celebrating its seventh season by expanding its vendor base. Individuals and farms within Brooke County, and a 50-mile radius of the county seat of Wellsburg, are invited to apply as a vendor for the 2019 season, which starts in June. The ...

Mike Pence visits Harpers Ferry, thanks border agents

HARPERS FERRY — Vice President of the United States Mike Pence was joined by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility in Harpers Ferry on ...

Road bond funds to be used for secondary road repair

CHARLESTON — Despite concerns raised over the last few months, Gov. Jim Justice plans to use multiple sources of funds, including Roads to Prosperity bond funds, to repair the state’s crumbling secondary road system. Justice made the announcement Wednesday morning during a press ...

Woodward responds to contract vote

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Schools Superintendent Tim Woodward issued a statement Wednesday, reacting to Monday’s decision by the county’s board of education to cease negotiations on his contract. The vote, which came during the board’s regular meeting, followed weeks of ...

Bill would transfer Medicaid Fraud Unit to AG’s office

WHEELING — Investigations of Medicaid fraud would move to the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office under legislation recently passed by the Legislature, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey thinks the move could benefit the state financially. The Medicaid Fraud Unit within the State ...

FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max 8s in wake in crash

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian airliner that killed 157 people, a reversal for the U.S. after federal aviation regulators had maintained it had no data to show ...

Brooke commissioners approve hiring of police officer

WELLSBURG —The Brooke County Commission, Tuesday, approved a measure hiring a current Follansbee police officer to be the county’s newest sheriff’s deputy. Effective April 1, Follansbee Officer Megan Himmelrick will begin her employment as a deputy with the Brooke County Sheriff’s ...

U.S. plans tests of long-banned types of missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday. By moving forward with ...

Oglebay Good Zoo takes guests up close

WHEELING — Imagine running your fingers through the plush fur of an endangered red panda, cradling a two-toed sloth in your arms, or looking a snow leopard square in the eye. If you think these experiences are reserved for big time TV personalities or famous zoologists, think again. Just ...

EVENTS CALENDAR

• Today — Mumford and Sons, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, www.livenation.com. • Friday — Alabama, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, www.livenation.com. • Monday — Mariah Carey, the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, www.livenation.com. • Tuesday — Allissa Logsdon, SouthWest DFRNT, ...

Trump budget previews upcoming campaign

WASHINGTON — Frustrated by a divided Congress and rifts within his own party, President Donald Trump is giving little indication in his latest budget proposal of any new policy ambitions for the coming two, or six, years. Trump’s budget plan increases spending on his border wall and the ...

Justice preps for road funding plans

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan for secondary road maintenance today, but a cloud hangs over the announcement with the firing of the Department of Transportation secretary. Justice is slated to announce a plan for accelerated maintenance and repairs, the details of ...

Brooke schools placed on financial watch list

WELLSBURG —The Brooke County Board of Education announced at Monday’s meeting that the county’s schools have been placed on the state’s financial watch list due to a loss in enrollment of 105 students. Interim Superintendent Jeffrey Crook said each student enrolled in a school adds ...

Festival sponsor

Weirton Medical Center will serve as the primary sponsor for the 11th-annual Festival of Nations, planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Millsop Community Center. The event, organized through the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, will include live music, dancing and food ...

Senate joins House in petitioning U.S. court on impeachment

CHARLESTON — Adding another wrinkle to the long-running impeachment scandal involving justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the state Senate is joining the House of Delegates in seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of the Legislature’s impeachment authority. State ...

Road project set to begin in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — Area motorists may have to deal with a detour if traveling through a portion of Follansbee. City Manager John DeStefano announced Tuesday the West Virginia Division of Highways will begin a road project to replace a bridge span at the Main Street and Allegheny Street ...