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Bill Eliminating Regional Education Service Agencies in West Virginia Advances

WHEELING — School districts in West Virginia would get an extra year to form cooperative agreements for services presently provided by the state’s eight regional service education agencies under legislation now on its way to the House Finance Committee. House Education Committee members ...

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West Virginia Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, speaks during a floor session Wednesday. Maroney is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which advanced a bill to discontinue the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund.

Greyhound Fund Bill Advances in West Virginia Senate

WHEELING — A bill to eliminate West Virginia’s Greyhound Breeders Fund will get a vote on the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced Senate Bill 437, which would discontinue the West Virginia Racing Commission’s special account known as the West Virginia ...

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West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee delivers his State of the University address Wednesday at the school’s Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee: WVU Will Persevere

MORGANTOWN — Despite threats to funding, attacks on the merit of a college degree and free speech concerns on the nation’s campuses, West Virginia University is primed to persevere as the polar star that guides the state and its residents, WVU President E. Gordon Gee said ...

Former Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he greets the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, following an event marking seven years since former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Votes Needed For Health Bill On Eve Of Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress after GOP opposition had ...

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The Sears store at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville continues to operate, but the future of the entire chain retailer is in doubt.

Hard Times for Sears as Retailer Notes Doubts

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open. It’s a dramatic acknowledgment ...

Less-Educated Middle-Age Whites Dying Younger Than Other Groups in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found. The economists, Anne Case and ...

Five Dead in Attack At British Parliament

LONDON (AP) — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the ...

An Air Ambulance on the scene after sounds similar to gunfire have been heard close to the Houses of Parliament, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The UK House of Commons sitting has been suspended as witnesses report sounds like gunfire outside. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Reports of Gunfire Near Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament was on lockdown today after an assailant stabbed an officer, then was shot by police, officials said. London Police also said officers were called to an incident on Westminster Bridge nearby. It was not clear exactly what happened or how many people were ...

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The attorney for Wheeling Hospital on Tuesday said his client has expressed interest in acquiring Ohio Valley Medical Center, shown here.

Battle Over Ohio Valley Medical Center Sale Heats Up in Wheeling

WHEELING — Attorney Thomas G. Casto on Tuesday said Wheeling Hospital has spoken to Ohio Valley Medical Center about acquiring it and “has no interest in seeing OVMC close.” In response, Michael Garrison, attorney for Alecto Healthcare Services — the California firm that intends to ...

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Wheeling American Legion Post 89 Matter Remains Undecided

WHEELING — Seeking options for the future of American Legion Post 89, Wheeling City Council members entered a closed-door executive session with City Solicitor Rosemary Humway-Warmuth at the end of their Tuesday meeting. Also on Tuesday, Mayor Glenn Elliott, Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, ...

West Virginia Legislature’s Budget Divide Lights Up Charleston

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Tuesday order to light the emergency lantern on the top of the Capitol dome for the duration of the budget crisis has rubbed Republican leadership the wrong way. The light has traditionally been used in times of emergencies, such as the floods ...

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This image captured from surveillance video shows the suspected bank robber at the Chase Bank in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling on Tuesday.

Police Searching For Wheeling Bank Robber

WHEELING — No one was hurt during a daring daytime robbery Tuesday morning at the Chase Bank at Bae Mar Place and National Road. A lone robber entered the bank shortly before 11:30 a.m., presented a teller with a note and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Wheeling ...

Vote on Defunding Greyhounds Delayed in West Virginia Legislature

WHEELING — Legislation that would discontinue West Virginia’s Greyhound Breeding Fund will be discussed again today as lawmakers seek more answers regarding the bill. Senate Bill 437 is listed again at the top of the Senate Finance Committee’s agenda as members are scheduled to meet at 3 ...

Debate over West Virginia Tax Reform Continues in Charleston

PARKERSBURG — A trade group in West Virginia also believes a tax reform bill will drive customers across borders while a sponsor says counties in states without an income tax outperform their cross-state neighbors. West Virginia Senate Bill 335 creates an 8-percent consumption tax to replace ...

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Crutchfield Leaves WLU for Nova Southeastern

WEST LIBERTY – The winningest coach by percentage in NCAA men’s basketball history will be roaming a new sideline next season. Jim Crutchfield, West Liberty’s legendary boss, resigned Tuesday after 13 record-setting seasons on the hilltop that saw him accumulate a 359-61 record. Nova ...

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Former Ernie’s Cork & Bottle Demolished

WHEELING - While many recall eating steak or drinking beer and wine at the former Ernie's Cork & Bottle on 12th Street, longtime customer Charles Ballouz said the building also featured one of Wheeling's discotheques during the 1970s. Ballouz and others joined the building's owner, ...

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West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, listens during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.

Action Kicks Up In West Virginia Legislature

WHEELING — A bill prohibiting the Smarter Balanced Assessment as West Virginia’s format for standardized testing is set for its first reading before the full Senate in Charleston. The Senate Finance Committee on Monday advanced Senate Bill 18 with a recommendation that it be approved by ...