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Apartment complex for W.Va. teachers progresses

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WELCH — An apartment building designed to give McDowell County’s teachers new places to live is steadily taking shape and joining the skyline of downtown Welch. Construction started in early August 2019 on the new housing at the site of the old Best Furniture Building. The project was ...

Departing lawmakers taking experience away from legislature

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CHARLESTON (AP) — There was a time when even Roman Prezioso, one of West Virginia’s most tenured legislators, couldn’t get anyone from the Marion County Democratic Executive Committee to take his calls. Granted, that was some 32 years ago when, after an argument with his sister, Marie, ...

W.Va. couple sentenced in insurance fraud case

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia couple were sentenced to more than three years each after pleading guilty in a scheme to fraudulently collect renter’s insurance benefits. Jimmie Thompson, 27, and Thanikwa Thompson, 25, of Martinsburg, were sentenced to 37 months each Monday and ...

Fauci open to a 14-day ‘national shutdown’ to stem virus

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WASHINGTON — The government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown that would require Americans to hunker down even more to help slow spread of the coronavirus. Still, Dr. Anthony Fauci said travel ...

‘Grand’ support for 10 years

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STEUBENVILLE — For 10 years, the Ohio Valley Music Guild has shown support for the Grand Theater Restoration Project. The gesture was demonstrated again Thursday when representatives of the guild presented their annual $1,000 donation toward the restoration of the only still-standing ...

Police reports

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Steubenville police Arrested: Ayla Kellar, 23, 4040 Valley View Ave., Steubenville, warrant for probation violation, Friday. Kellar allegedly punched one officer in the jaw and kicked another in the back and kidneys as they attempted to remove her from a local hotel. Police forwarded ...

W.Va. schools out for at least two weeks

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia schools will remain closed through at least March 27, Gov. Jim Justice announced Saturday. Justice announced the school closings on Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even though the state doesn’t have a confirmed case. A release from the ...

Community news from around the area

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Urban Mission’s Ties & Tiaras Prom Extravaganza has new times, new days for giveaways STEUBENVILLE — The first-time Ties & Tiaras Prom Extravaganza being organized through Urban Mission Ministries has some changes connected to it because of precautions being taken surrounding ...

Fed takes emergency steps to slash rates, ease bank rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve took massive emergency action Sunday to try to help the economy withstand the coronavirus by slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero and saying it would buy $700 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds. The Fed’s surprise announcement ...

EVENTS POSTPONED/CANCELED

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Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ Visitation at the Jefferson County Jail has been suspended until further notice, Sheriff Fred Abdalla has announced. The only exception will ...

Franciscan students studying abroad test negative for coronavirus

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STEUBENVILLE — As of Friday, none of the nearly 200 Franciscan University of Steubenville students studying abroad this semester had tested positive or was suspected of having the coronavirus, a university official said. “If they did, they would be quarantined, I’m sure, under the ...

‘Bigger than any one of us’

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WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders sought in Sunday’s Democratic debate to cast themselves as best-positioned to lead the nation through a global pandemic, uniting in their criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to the fast-moving coronavirus but ...

Friendship Room reaching out to those hardest hit

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STEUBENVILLE — Americans with the means have been stockpiling toilet paper, hand wipes and bleach, must-haves in the frenzied war on COVID-19. It’s the ones who don’t have a fat bank account to draw on that Molly McGovern worries about. McGovern, director of the Friendship Room, said ...

Wheeling citizens played pivotal roles in women’s voting victory

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WHEELING — Two prominent Wheeling residents — Dr. Harriet B. Jones and state Sen. Jesse Bloch — played pivotal roles in helping West Virginia women secure the right to vote. After making a dramatic cross-country trek, Bloch cast a tie-breaking vote in the state Senate on March 10, 1920, ...

Washington confronts coronavirus with new tools and angst

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will expand its European travel restrictions to include Britain and Ireland as the U.S., armed with new tools against the pandemic, braced for it to get worse before it gets better. The government's top ...

Americans brace for new life of no school and growing dread

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Millions of Americans braced for the week ahead with no school for their children for weeks to come, no clue how to effectively do their jobs without child care, and a growing sense of dread about how to stay safe and sane amid the relentless spread of the coronavirus. Are play dates for the ...

Local schools respond to massive closing orders

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Following orders from the governors of Ohio and West Virginia to close schools to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, area school officials and staff have been working to determine how to meet the educational and other needs of students and whether to cancel or postpone extracurricular ...

EVENTS POSTPONED/CANCELED

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Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: • Visitation at the Jefferson County Jail has been suspended until further notice, Sheriff Fred Abdalla has announced. The only exception ...

Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops

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BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans. The U.S.-led coalition said at least 25 107mm rockets struck ...

WVU to build hospital to replace closing Fairmont facility

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University Medicine will build a new hospital to replace a closing medical center in Fairmont, Gov. Jim Justice and university officials said Friday. The new WVU hospital will be about 2 miles away from the shuttering Fairmont Regional Medical Center ...