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Martins Ferry Middle School teacher Debbie Lucas teaches her language arts class on Friday afternoon.

Ohio Educators, Officials React to ‘Externship’ Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19 includes a controversial provision that would require teachers to complete “externships” with a local business in order to have their licenses renewed. Kasich said the externships would help involve ...

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is followed by reporters as he leaves a health care meeting during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

States Could Feel Sting Of Health Law Repeal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act ...

Southwestern Energy Reaches Utica Shale in West Virginia

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WHEELING —Despite reporting more than $2 billion in losses for 2016, Southwestern Energy Co. is so active that company officials sometimes hire off-duty West Virginia State Police troopers to navigate the rugged Northern Panhandle terrain when moving rigs between drilling sites. Company ...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, former President George W. Bush speaks in Washington. Bush said Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping world leaders in check. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

George W. Bush on Trump, Russia: ‘We All Need Answers’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush said today “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government, and didn’t rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation. The ...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., speaks to a gathering of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Congress Returns With Health Care Debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on ...

Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 9:21 a.m. Saturday and 7:58 a.m. Sunday, officers handles 19 traffic stops, three miscellaneous calls and one accident. Sunday: At 7:51 a.m. , Grandview Street, parking violation. At 7:46 a.m. , Grandview Street, welfare check. At ...

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Concerned residents pack Wheeling City Council Chambers last week for a public hearing regarding the future of American Legion Post 89.

Fate of American Legion Post 89 Up to Wheeling City Council

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WHEELING — Fifteenth Street resident David Humes hopes Wheeling City Council closes American Legion Post 89 because he said there is so much “racket and commotion” at the establishment throughout a typical night that he can’t sleep. Fellow East Wheeling residents Dolridge Harrison, ...

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Family farming runs strong in the Roberts’ clan of Elk Fork. Back left: John Roberts and wife JoEllen, front left, Jenna Archer and mom Julia. All in all, Roberts and his wife have six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Farming Is a Way of Life for One Tyler County Family

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ELK FORK — A chicken was walking around taking advantage of the warm weather recently at Sarah Midcap’s farm along W.Va. 18. After knocking, the longtime Tyler County woman opened her front door so as to give solid directions for the short drive to the Roberts’ family farm located in a ...

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Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate Coach Bill Cornforth discusses the upcoming state competition with co-captain Miriam Demasi and division leader Adam Payne.

Wheeling Park Speech Team Talks About Going the Distance

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WHEELING — Bill Cornforth stood recently on the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center stage speaking with two of his team’s most important competitors. The Wheeling Park High School speech and debate team coach was telling team co-captain Miriam Demasi and division leader Adam Payne that ...

W.Va. Senate Approves Unemployment Benefits Bill

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate approved a bill that changes the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits for striking workers. The chamber approved Senate Bill 222 by a vote of 22 to 11, with one senator absent during the vote. The bill clarifies existing law to make ...

Times of Change at the Ohio Valley Mall

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Bargain hunters now browse through discounted merchandise at both ends of the Ohio Valley Mall, as the large MC Sports store adjacent to Sears will soon join Kmart and Elder-Beerman in vacating the Belmont County retail hub. However, as these stores go out of business and ...

Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:01 a.m. Thursday and 6:31 a.m. Friday, police handled 13 traffic stops, one vehicle accident and three miscellaneous calls. FRIDAY At 6:31 a.m., Interstate 70 east, erratic driver. At 6:09 a.m., North Erie Street, theft earlier. At 5:09 a.m., I-70, ...

Road Closures Slated This Week

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In Ohio County, the West Virginia Division of Highways advises that on Monday, County Road 4, Reilly Hill Road (Clearview) will be closed from W.Va. 2 to Maser Lane from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is necessary for Asplundh to trim trees in this area. The altenate route is County Road 3, Cherry Hill ...