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Wellsburg election filing under way

WELLSBURG — Filing began Monday for those seeking elected office in the city of Wellsburg. Wellsburg’s 2019 non-partisan primary election will be held April 2, with the general election on June 11. The candidate filing period will continue through noon, Jan. 26. Applications for the ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals presents reduced budget

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, being mindful of the spending controversies over the last 15 months, presented lawmakers a budget request several million dollars less than the previous fiscal year. Chief Justice Beth Walker went before the Senate Finance Committee ...

Senate approval of Supreme Court appointments sought

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A resolution introduced in the West Virginia Legislature seeks to require that Supreme Court justice appointments by the governor be confirmed by the Senate. The resolution introduced in the Senate on Monday was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican ...

Trump’s attorney general nominee: ‘I will not be bullied’

WASHINGTON — Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation ...

Tim Cogan, Elissa Gross to receive Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Wheeling

WHEELING — Two Wheeling residents who have long worked to eliminate racial inequity will be honored by the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. Elissa Gross will receive the Rosa Parks Award and Tim Cogan will be given the Martin Luther King Award. They are being honored for their ...

Park meeting rescheduled

WEIRTON — The regular meeting of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation has been rescheduled for 8 a.m., Jan. 24 in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center.

Weirton Sanitary Board to meet

WEIRTON — The Weirton Sanitary Board will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the board conference room at 5000 Freedom Way. The meeting initially was to be held Jan. 10, but was rescheduled because of a lack of quorum.

Opioid overdoses increasing in Wheeling

WHEELING — As the opioid addiction crisis has continued to grow locally and on the national level over the past few years, Wheeling firefighter and paramedics have been responding to a much larger number of drug overdose calls, Assistant Chief Jim Blazier said. According to Blazier, the ...

Fatal W.Va. fire likely accidental

CLAY — The West Virginia fire marshal’s office says investigators believe a fire that killed four children was probably accidental. The fire marshal’s office said in a news release there were smoke alarms in the house, located in Clay. The news release said “investigators have ruled ...

Man on trial for killing wife, her son

WELCH — The trial has begun for a West Virginia man charged with fatally shooting his estranged wife and her 16-year-old son. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 34-year-old Michael Kennedy of Wyoming County is facing two counts of murder and other charges in the deaths of Jessica ...

Trump won’t ‘back down’ in shutdown

WASHINGTON — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat Monday, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while ...

Allegations continue at Brooke BOE

WELLSBURG — Community rancor over how taxpayer money is being spent as well as administrative actions continued Monday, prompting the Brooke County Board of Education to call for an investigation into “allegations levied against the superintendent,” Toni Paesano Shute. Emerging from a ...

HEPC presents budget

CHARLESTON ­ — Even as the governor’s commission looking at West Virginia’s college and universities considers eliminating it and transferring some of its responsibilities to another agency, the Higher Education Policy Commission presented its budget to lawmakers Monday. The House ...

Morrisey pitches moving Medicaid Fraud Unit to lawmakers

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants lawmakers to turn over the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office The Senate Finance Committee heard from Morrisey during his offices’ annual budget presentation Monday afternoon. The office has requested a budget of ...

AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump lawyers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, describing a critical prong of the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “fatally ...

Sponsor

Dee-Jay’s BBQ Ribs and Grille has signed on as a “Pro-Bowl” level sponsor for the Weirton United Way’s eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate, set for Feb. 2 at Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown. Tickets are $25 each in advance, and $30 at the door if available, and can be purchased ...

Project HOPE plans spa day

WHEELING — Project H.O.P.E., Wheeling’s street medicine team, will hold a day of pampering for local women who are experiencing homelessness. The theme for this event will be “Hope is Stronger Than Fear.” The spa day event will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at the McLure ...

Health company giving drug disposal kits to West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — A health care company is donating thousands of disposal kits to help West Virginia residents dispose of unused opioids and other drugs. Gov. Jim Justice announced that UnitedHealthcare will give 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to give to people ...

Divide on southern border wall goes on

WASHINGTON — A leading Senate Republican close to President Donald Trump says Trump isn’t giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue that’s caused the partial government shutdown that’s now in its fourth week. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged ...