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Animal cruelty bill won’t advance

CHARLESTON — Intentionally shooting a dog or meaning to injure any animal will continue to be a misdemeanor offense in West Virginia. A bill creating the felony offense of aggravated cruelty to animals, and establishing penalties for the offense, died in the West Virginia Senate Judiciary ...

What’s cookin’ on L’ora Italiana?

STEUBENVILLE — “L’Ora Italiana” — “The Italian Hour” — is cooking up something special. The Italian American Cultural Club’s weekly Italian-American radio show will welcome as its March program guests “the queens of the Italian-American culinary scene” in Mary Ann ...

Wheeling U. named top small college, value college in state

WHEELING — Wheeling University was recently named the Best Small College and Best Value College in West Virginia by the online news site Stacker, which analyzes data to compile a list of the best institutions in each state. “Once again, national ranking services are recognizing what so ...

House committee asks Frontier for broadband progress documents

CHARLESTON — A committee in the House of Delegates charged with improving West Virginia’s broadband infrastructure is seeking documents from Frontier Communications on its progress. The House Technology and Infrastructure Committee voted Wednesday to submit a formal request for ...

Parliamentarian: Bill must lose minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Democratic Senate aides said ...

Capito favors discussion on minimum wage hike

WHEELING — Even before Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough ruled Thursday that the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage hike can't remain in the Democrats' COVID-19 relief bill, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito told reporters that aspect of the bill needed lopped off. That didn't mean, ...

Hancock County continues vaccine efforts

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department, in cooperation with other local health agencies, continues its effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to county residents. Jackie Huff, administrator for the county health department, spoke to county commissioners Thursday, providing an ...

Weirton Council proposing 10 percent B&O credit

WEIRTON — Businesses operating in Weirton may get some relief this year through a proposed credit from the city’s business and occupation tax. During a special meeting Thursday to discuss the 2021-22 fiscal budget, members of Weirton Council proposed an ordinance which would provide an ...

WLU to offer new concentration areas for education programs

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s College of Education and Human Performance has new options for students wanting a convenient master’s in education degree program. “Our Master of Arts in Education degree program is offering new concentration areas that are exciting choices for ...

Jefferson County Port Authority sees several projects moving forward

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Port Authority discussed several ongoing projects at its monthly meeting Wednesday, the several of them are making positive progress. Addressing the board of directors, participating both in person inside the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning ...

Donation

The Weirton Rotary Club recently donated lunch to the staff of CHANGE, Inc. operating their COVID testing site. Food for the meal was provided by Sweet Temptations. Pictured, from left, are Rotarian George Kondik; Amanda Rood, LPN; Frank DeCaria, Rotary president; Vanessa Beaver, Rotarian and ...

Airport authority looking into cost of court move

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority is looking into possible renovations at the building located at 251 Airport Drive that could accommodate Wintersville county court. According to minutes provided by the airport authority from its Feb. 8 meeting, the topic was ...

Briefs

Weirton Council to meet WEIRTON — Weirton Council has scheduled a special session for 6 p.m., Monday, in the council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building. The agenda is to include a review of the municipal budget, and the meeting is open to the public. Council to meet ...

Boil order issued for North 13th Street in Weirton

WEIRTON — A boil order has been issued for all residents and businesses located on North 13th Street in the city, following repairs to a water line. Repairs on the line began at 11 a.m., according to a notice from the City of Weirton. Following completion of the repairs, lines will be ...

Gov. Justice hosts 2nd town hall on tax reform

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice spent a second day selling his ideas to phase out the personal income tax, with bills expected to be introduced by the end of the week and as early as today. "Probably (today) I'll have it to the Legislature, and I hope that they concur and agree what we've put ...

Senate committee accepts Democratic changes to charter school bill

CHARLESTON — A public charter school expansion bill from the House of Delegates was approved Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee after accepting an amendment from a Democratic senator to slow down how quickly the program ramps up. House Bill 2012 was adopted by the committee on a ...

House committee guts city user fees from state law with amendment

CHARLESTON — An amendment to a bill meant to exempt state workers from city user fees would now repeal all user fees, potentially putting cities in a cash crunch. The House Political Subdivision Committee approved an amendment Wednesday to House Bill 2256 — prohibiting cities from ...

3 arrested on drug charges in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — Three people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into suspected drug trafficking, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. According to information released Wednesday afternoon, members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes ...

Weirton Medical Center relaxes some visitation restrictions

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is relaxing some of its patient visitor restrictions as a result of decreasing COVID cases in the region. “For the first time in nearly 12 months, WMC recently recorded the first 48-hour period without a single COVID inpatient at our facility,” said ...

State Senate rules in favor of intermediate court of appeals

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate rendered a verdict on an intermediate court of appeals, Wednesday, approving a bill that would create the new court. Senate Bill 275, creating the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, passed 19-15 Wednesday. It heads to the House of Delegates ...