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States ask for more time to negotiate

State attorneys general with pending lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners are asking a federal bankruptcy judge to give them more time to continue negotiating. A temporary freeze on their lawsuits expires this week. On Wednesday, the judge is to decide whether to halt ...

WLU Black and Gold Day offers look at college experience

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University invites prospective students to take a look at all the hilltop has to offer on Black and Gold Day, set for Monday. “What’s nice about Black and Gold Day is that it’s an easy way for students who are undecided about their major to talk to our ...

Managed care contract awarded for foster program

CHARLESTON— A long-awaited contract to manage health services for West Virginia’s foster care program was awarded Tuesday. A member of the House of Delegates questioned the costs of legal services to defend the program in federal court. The Department of Health and Human Resources ...

Diplomat: ‘I now do recall’

WASHINGTON — “I now do recall.” With that stunning reversal, diplomat Gordon Sondland handed House impeachment investigators another key piece of corroborating testimony Tuesday. He acknowledged what Democrats contend was a clear quid pro quo, pushed by President Donald Trump and his ...

State OKs election software update

CHARLESTON — With just under six months until the May primary election, the State Election Commission approved a software update to move nonpartisan judicial races from the bottom of the ballot. The commission and staff of the Elections Division of the West Virginia Secretary of State met ...

Student exhibit opens at Summit Art Gallery

It was a packed house Tuesday at the Summit Art Gallery, as the Top of West Virginia Arts Council hosted the opening reception for the new Winter Celebration Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit includes works created by students and art teachers from Weir, Madonna, Brooke and Oak Glen high ...

Vaping among teens on the rise

New research shows U.S. teens who use electronic cigarettes prefer those made by Juul Labs, and mint is the favorite flavor for many of them, suggesting a shift after the company stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors in stores. The results are in a pair of studies published Tuesday, ...

Iran continues backing away from nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will start injecting uranium gas into over a thousand centrifuges at a fortified nuclear facility built inside a mountain, the country’s president announced Tuesday in Tehran’s latest step away from its atomic accord with world powers since President Donald Trump ...

Trump to expand Syrian oil mission, raising legal issues

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, ...

Helping out those less fortunate

BETHANY — Six Bethany College students and a faculty member traveled to the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling on Saturday for a service project planned by the Student Activities Council. “Showing up to help the Soup Kitchen workers shows the community that Bethany College is here, and that ...

Senator offers assistance at city council meeting

CHESTER — Chester Council, during its meeting Monday, heard from state Sen. Ryan Weld, who offered his support to the city when it comes to navigating issues within the state Legislature, as well as legal matters. “Anything I can do to help on the Legislature or the legal side, I’m ...

WU unveils Student Success Center

WHEELING — Wheeling University introduced a new Student Success Center, Monday, as an on-campus option for students seeking solutions to academic challenges, an encouraging study environment, emotional support, or simply a place to relax during trying times. The Center is focused on four ...

Local officer targeted over Halloween prop

WEIRTON — Weirton officials are standing by one of the city’s police officers after a weekend social media campaign alleging racism in connection with a Halloween decoration at the officer’s residence. “The Weirton Police Department understands that the decorations at one of our fellow ...

Why Trump tariffs haven’t revitalized steelmakers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s move last year to tax imported steel triggered jeers but also cheers. Its goal — to raise steel prices — threatened to hurt the legions of U.S. manufacturers that depend on steel. But at least it would benefit U.S. steel companies and the ...

Appeals court agrees Trump tax returns can be turned over

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators by his personal accountant, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Monday. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is certain to be further appealed; lawyers for the president ...

City collecting food, toys for area charitable organizations

WEIRTON — Employees from the City of Weirton are getting into the spirit of the holidays, organizing a toy and food drive to assist local charitable organizations. “We have boxes located in public areas of the Municipal Building, the Millsop Community Center and the Mary H. Weir Public ...

Armstead named new incoming chief justice for 2020

CHARLESTON — Justice Tim Armstead of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, who won a special election a year ago and is up for re-election in 2020, will take the reins as chief justice next year. The court, which announced Armstead’s appointment in a press release Monday morning, ...

‘Community Conversation’ planned

WEIRTON — Flora Perrone, councilwoman for Weirton’s Ward 5, will host a “Community Conversation” for residents of Marland Heights, to discuss issues of concern. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Marland Heights Park.

Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

WEIRTON — The Brooke-Hancock Salvation Army is seeking bell ringers for the coming holiday season. To apply, those interested must bring a current photo ID and Social Security card to the administration building at 794 Cove Road, Weirton, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bell ringing will be done ...

Trump crony Roger Stone’s trial promises political drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, is going on trial over charges related to his alleged efforts to exploit the Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain. The trial in Washington, which begins ...