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Study: Oil, gas firms curbing emissions

STEUBENVILLE — A recent study by Energy In Depth suggests the oil and gas industry has made “incredible progress” in reducing methane emissions as production surges in America’s top shale basins, including the tri-state’s Marcellus and Utica shale basins. EID said that, based on ...

U.S. jobless rate at a 49-year low

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand. The unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent, though ...

Special session may resume later this month

CHARLESTON — As members of the West Virginia Legislature gathered at the Capitol earlier this week for the first interim meetings of the year, lawmakers are looking to resume the special session on education betterment called by Gov. Jim Justice last month. Prior to the start of the April ...

City seeking volunteers for street cleanup effort

WEIRTON — A little bit of spring cleaning is being planned in the city of Weirton. In collaboration with the West Virginia Adopt-a-Highway and Make it Shine programs, the City of Weirton is planning a community “Spring Street Cleanup” event, and inviting area residents to get ...

First Choice among sponsors for today’s Relay for Life

First Choice America Credit Union is serving as a bronze sponsor for this year’s Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life, set to take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Brooke Hills Park. Pictured are Scott Winwood, left, president and CEO of First Choice America Credit ...

2020 campaign staffers trained to handle cyberthreats

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump’s presidency. And it all started with the click of a ...

Local churches get spotlight in art competition

Area residents gathered Thursday at the Summit Art Gallery, 3393 Main St., Weirton, for a reception featuring works submitted for this year’s art competition presented by the Top of West Virginia Arts Council and the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The competition, themed ...

WVNCC, Project BEST team to promote construction trades

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College and Project BEST want to work together to create interest in construction trades and build a pool of skilled craftsman to meet anticipated needs in the Ohio Valley. WVNCC and Project BEST announced the extension of a partnership Thursday ...

Workers agree to new deal

FOLLANSBEE — About 240 hourly workers at Mountain State Carbon have a new, three-year contract. The deal includes a pay raise each year of the contract and an extra week’s vacation for workers with 25 years or more of service, while holding insurance premiums “to a minimum,” United ...

W.Va. sees record April revenue figures

CHARLESTON — April showers bring May flowers, but in West Virginia those showers brought in the most tax revenue ever collected during any April on record, according to revenue officials. Gov. Jim Justice held a press conference Thursday to announce the revenue numbers, which came in $53.6 ...

Weirton observes National Day of Prayer

Area residents gather Thursday in front of the Weirton Municipal Building as part of local observances of the National Day of Prayer. Local clergy offered prayers, in words and song, for residents, the community, law enforcement, first responders. and the nation as part of the annual service ...

Brooke Middle raises awareness of autism

WELLSBURG — Brooke Middle School observed Autism Awareness Month Thursday, with an assembly in hopes of building stronger bonds among students and the community. Allisha Fuscardo, autism and moderate disabilities teacher, said celebrating Autism Awareness Month helps in advertising the ...

State, drug firm settle suit for $37M

PARKERSBURG — A $37 million settlement announced Thursday between the state of West Virginia and a pharmaceutical distributor didn’t pass muster with Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin, D-W.Va., criticized the agreement announced by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Gov. Jim Justice with ...

Lawsuit seeks opioid distribution numbers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation’s overdose crisis was worsening. They urged a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Land owners protest pipeline process

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Much to Gary Erb’s chagrin, a natural gas pipeline now cuts across his 72-acre homestead in Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania. To his even greater chagrin, he remains unpaid for the 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of land that were taken from him under eminent domain to ...

WVU student arrested for alleged threats

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia University student from Maryland has been arrested, charged with making terroristic threats. Acting on a tip, University Police arrested Cheickna Kagnassy, a 21-year-old freshman pre-business major from Columbia, Md., at his residence in Vandalia Hall Wednesday ...

AREA GRADUATIONS

The following is a list of 2019 area graduations: Colleges ¯ Wheeling Jesuit University — 10:30 a.m., Saturday, McDonough Center. ¯ West Liberty University — 11 a.m., Saturday, Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. ¯ West Virginia Northern Community College — 7 p.m., May 10, ...

Donation

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, Paul Lauttamus, left, presented $5,000 from Lauttamus Communications to Tony Viola, club president, and Daniel B. Spickard, representing Tri-State United Soccer, to assist in the purchase of a new scoreboard for the soccer ...

Questions raised over DNR director’s residency

CHARLESTON — The domestic violence case has been dropped against Stephen McDaniel, the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources who was arrested last month at one of his residences in Florida. A battery charge against McDaniel, a misdemeanor, was dismissed Monday in an ...

US Steel plows $1B into western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Steel will invest more than $1 billion on state-of-the-art facilities in western Pennsylvania that it says will improve its steelmaking efficiency and reduce emissions at its Mon Valley Works operations, the company said Thursday. The announcement comes just days ...