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‘Sing your song,’ West Liberty grads told

WHEELING — U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley encouraged new West Liberty University graduates to take risks, and to always “sing your song.” McKinley, R-W.Va., provided the commencement address at the 183rd year graduation ceremonies Saturday at WLU. Information provided by the university ...

WJU holds graduation amid winds of change

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University graduates’ joy was tempered by sadness Saturday as the school conducted its final commencement as a Jesuit institution. Amid a financial crisis, the university is downsizing academic programs and eliminating many faculty positions. In addition, the ...

Trump tweet turns up the tariff heat on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump turned up the pressure on China on Sunday, threatening to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Trump’s comments, delivered on Twitter, came as a Chinese delegation was scheduled to resume talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at ...

Taliban kill 13 in attack on compound

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 13 police and setting off a six-hour gunbattle, officials said. The Interior Ministry said the attack in Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, began at noon with a suicide ...

Singin’ (and dancing) in the rain

A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd at this month’s First Friday on Fourth event held in downtown Steubenville on Friday. The theme for this month’s event was a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The Harmonium Project held a lego contest ...

Commissioners talk bonds, sewer work

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County commissioners on Friday discussed issuing an internal bond, eminent domain for property needed for a sewer project and the state legislature proposing paying more of the share for attorney fees for indigent defendants. Commissioners approved a resolution to ...

W.Va. woman assembles supplies for fire victims

PARKERSBURG — For Joy Buskirk, the memories of a fire her family experienced years ago prompted her to do something for families who are impacted by the devastation of a fire now. The Parkersburg resident is putting together After The Disaster Kits and has begun distributing them to a ...

Avella students provide an ‘Eagle Eye’

AVELLA, Pa. — Hickory Telephone Co. is more than just telephones, Brian Jeffers said. “It’s telephone, internet and cable — all fiber to the home,” said the firm’s chief executive officer. The cable TV operation is steadfastly local — news, sports, events, announcements. That ...

Trump team resists oversight, Dems dig in

WASHINGTON — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ request for information about President Donald Trump stemming from the special ...

Unemployment lowest in a half century

NEW YORK — The lowest unemployment rate in a half century. More than 260,000 new jobs. And higher hourly wages. “I’ll be running on the economy,” President Donald Trump declared on Friday. And why wouldn’t he? The day’s new round of sunny employment figures offered fresh ...

Seeking answers on road concerns

CHESTER — A local delegate has reached out to Gov. Jim Justice, expressing frustration with the condition of area roads. Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, wrote a letter to Justice Thursday in an attempt to seek answers concerning the roadways in the First House District, which includes ...

In full color: Chromatic Challenge 3K planned at Starvaggi

WEIRTON — A colorful race will once again help to welcome the summer season in Weirton. The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation is hosting the second-annual Chromatic Challenge 3K May 25 at Starvaggi Memorial Park. The race will set off at 9:30 a.m., with participants running or walking ...

Thrasher, Governor’s Office trade barbs over RISE program

CHARLESTON — It has been 11 months since Woody Thrasher, the former secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, resigned at the request of Gov. Jim Justice. Now, the Republican candidate for governor is speaking out about the program that led to his ouster, while the Governor’s ...

New Cumberland native earns role in national honor society

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University rising senior MacKenzie Jacobs will represent students in five states in her new position with Alpha Chi National Honor Society. “This is a big honor for any student and we are very proud of MacKenzie,” said Linda Cowan, who serves as the faculty ...

A sanctuary for seniors

STEUBENVILLE — The Prime Time Senior Center at 300 Lovers Lane, formerly Temple Beth Israel, continues to undergo transformation as its moves from once having been a sanctuary for the Jewish faith community to being a sanctuary for seniors congregating for meals, activities and ...

Feds subpoena governor’s tax records

CHARLESTON — A federal investigation of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has widened to include a range of tax documents on the governor’s expansive business portfolio, according to a subpoena sent to his administration last month. The federal grand jury subpoena that the state Revenue ...

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 ...