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Pipe Bomb Explodes in NYC Subway

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By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square today, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for ...

St. Clairsville Decks the Streets

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city of St. Clairsville has put its best face forward for the holidays, with garland, trimmings and banners proclaiming the Yuletide season. The latest addition to the city’s ambiance is a series of banners, thanks to support from Hull & Associates. The business ...

Ohio Valley Wonders If Ethane Cracker Is Still in the Pipeline

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DILLES BOTTOM — As 2017 nears its conclusion, Upper Ohio Valley residents continue waiting for a decision on the PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker — a potential $6 billion investment for which company officials in February said they anticipated a final decision by the end of this ...

Local Police Dispatching Disappearing in Belmont County

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MARTINS FERRY — St. Clairsville’s decision to eliminate all dispatcher positions within the city will leave Martins Ferry as the only Belmont County community to use its own dispatchers exclusively rather than the county’s 911 system. St. Clairsville City Council voted Monday to ...

West Liberty University Graduates Told to Believe

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WEST LIBERTY — Two-hundred and eight new graduates of West Liberty University heard calls Saturday to believe in themselves, the Ohio Valley and whatever it is they hold dear at the school’s fall commencement ceremony. Patrick Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of ...

Trump Honors Civil Rights Champions

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions ...

Cumberland Trail Asks for Jail Call Compensation

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Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik and other district personnel visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners this week seeking payment for services the district provides to the county jail. Slavik said the fire district receives no money for calls to the jail or for ...

Trial Pushed Back in Child Abuse Case

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The trial of a Wheeling couple accused of abuse and neglect of a 2-year-old child has been delayed while attorneys review new information in the case. Apollo Rice, 27, and Sabrina Hall, 18, appeared Friday in Ohio County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge James Mazzone. ...

Rabbi Welcomes All to Take Part in Hanukkah in Wheeling

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WHEELING — As the first night of Hanukkah approaches, Temple Shalom in Woodsdale is preparing numerous events for the eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom grew up in Wheeling and graduated from ...

McKinley, Johnson Hope To Cut Alternative Minimum Tax

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WHEELING — Responding to concerns Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray expressed about federal tax reform costing his company $60 million per year, 26 Republican members of Congress are asking a conference committee to eliminate the alternative minimum tax. Reps. ...

Trinity Health System Part of National Merger

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Catholic Health Initiatives, the parent company of Trinity Health System, and Dignity Health of San Francisco have agreed to merge and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system that would be the largest Catholic health organization in the United States. According to a press release ...

Unity Center Moves to New Location in Benwood

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WHEELING — A local organization dedicated to helping people overcome addiction enlisted the support of a West Virginia lawmaker Friday as it marked the first week in its new home. Ohio Valley Recovery Inc., also known as the Unity Center, officially moved Dec. 2 from its former location in ...

Questions Loom Over House-Senate Talks on Tax Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans’ massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished ...

Fast-Moving Flames Force People to Flee Homes in California

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FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala’s home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave. The couple, in their mid-80s, grabbed only a change of clothes and medications before fleeing Thursday through wind gusts and smoke as ...

Moundsville Fire Department Official Is Charged with Sex Abuse

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MOUNDSVILLE — Ron Walker has been suspended as Moundsville’s acting fire chief after being charged with sexual abuse this week. Walker, 42 — also a member of Cameron City Council — had been serving as assistant fire chief under the late Noel Clarke, before taking over as acting chief ...

Mideast Lashes Out Against U.S., Trump

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Large crowds of worshippers across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches Friday, some stomping on posters of Donald Trump or burning American flags in the largest outpouring of anger yet at the U.S. president’s recognition of bitterly contested Jerusalem as Israel’s ...

Hilltop Elementary Students Gathering Pajamas for Winter

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Students at Hilltop Elementary School are taking on part-time jobs as elves to help families this holiday season, as they near their goal of collecting 200 sets of pajamas to donate. Allison Rine’s second-grade students spend their mornings wrapping the presents as part of a month-long drive ...

Steenrod Elementary Collecting Gluten-Free Food for Pantry

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A free spaghetti dinner served to a person in need does no good — and can even be harmful — if the person is allergic to the gluten found in the pasta. That’s why students and staff at Steenrod Elementary School, along with the school’s PTA Citizenship Committee, are collecting ...