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House Committee Passes Education Reform Package

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CHARLESTON — Vowing to meet past midnight, the House Education Committee passed out the West Virginia Senate education reform package and removed more of the provisions that teachers, unions and county school boards found controversial. The committee passed Senate Bill 451, the education ...

Dominion Energy Gives to Non-Profit Groups

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Three area nonprofit organizations will be able to further meet critical needs of community members in need, following a generous donation to each agency from Dominion Energy Thursday at the Catholic Charities West Virginia Wheeling office. Catholic Charities West Virginia, Marshall County ...

Second Guilty Verdict In Cemetery Theft Case

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The trial of the second of two co-defendants, caretakers of the Belmont Memorial Cemetery, ended Friday with a guilty verdict. Keith Dwayne Baratie, 51, was taken into custody and will be sentenced Feb. 19. Baratie and his wife, Karen Sue Ellen Neff, were accused of the theft of nearly ...

300 Winter Items Donated To Distribution Project

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During January, the Marshall County FRN organized a Winter Accessories Distribution project for the third year, sponsored in part by Southwestern Energy. This year, over 300 winter items have been given to local organizations and programs for distribution. The provision of these items ...

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Seeking Satellite Location

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WHEELING — Legislation that would allow Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack to establish a second gambling location in Ohio County is out of the starting gate in Charleston. Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, on Thursday introduced House Bill 2901, which would allow licensed casinos with ...

Va. Blackface Scandal Doesn’t Surprise Some

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DETROIT (AP) — In the brightly lit Vintage Barbershop in northwest Detroit, Thomas Carter carefully trimmed the graying hair of a customer as he was asked about photos that depict whites wearing blackface. He paused and slowly scanned the shop where about a half-dozen black men of various ...

Wet Weather Causes Woes Around the Ohio Valley

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Following a hill slip that brought utility lines down across the Short Creek Road and the adjacent stream Thursday, area motorists are advised to travel secondary roads with caution due to the highly saturated ground, according local emergency officials. Meanwhile, much of the Upper Ohio ...

FEMA Awards $8.3 Million for Road Repair in Marshall, Tyler Counties

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Repair work on roads damaged by flooding in Marshall and Tyler counties last year received additional funding from the federal government on Thursday. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced about $8.3 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to the West ...

West Virginia Delegate’s Anti-LGBT Remarks Draw Anger

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CHARLESTON — Comments in a committee meeting by a freshman lawmaker sent shockwaves through the House of Delegates, culminating with a showdown Thursday. During remarks on the floor of the House of Delegates Thursday morning, Delegate Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, was singled out by several ...

City of Martins Ferry, Police Union Have Three-Year Contract

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Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday approved a new three-year contract for members of the city’s police department. During the past several weeks, city leaders negotiated the new agreement with members of the Fraternal Order of Police union, which represents officers in the city. Mayor ...

Senator Joe Manchin: ‘Green New Deal’ Is Raw Deal

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s senior U.S. senator has a lot to say about coal and natural gas, and his new committee position will give him a platform to have his voice heard. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to attendees by video chat at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual ...

Trinity Health System in Steubenville Launches Program for Veterans

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Trinity Health System has launched a new program to honor employees and patients who have served in the nation’s armed forces. The hospital’s “Honor Red, White & Blue” veteran’s program recognizes the contributions of past and current members of the military. While employees and ...

Odds Are Against Anti-Abortion Bills in Congress

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(AP) — President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. Two bills proposing to ...

Wheeling, Ohio County and Belmont County Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday, officers handled nine traffic stops, four vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. WEDNESDAY At 8:33 a.m., McColloch Street, disorderly adult. At 8:55 a.m., 16th Street, disorderly adult. At 9:27 a.m., ...

Wheeling Police and Firefighters Honored at Ceremony

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WHEELING — Dozens of officers in the city’s police and fire departments were honored for their service in 2018 at the city’s Public Safety Recognition Ceremony. Fire Chief Larry Helms and Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger presented awards Wednesday to members of their respective ...