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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, speaks with Sen. Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, before a Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform meeting Monday at the Capitol.

West Virginia Senate Wants To Set Higher Sales Tax

WHEELING — Changes made to a tax reform bill by a West Virginia Senate committee Monday would increase the Mountain State’s sales tax to 7.25 percent, setting the stage for a probable conference committee with the House as lawmakers continue to work out a 2018 state budget. Monday marked ...

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A memorial to murder victim Ahmid Salem Hinton is placed on the sidewalk near South Penn and Virginia streets on Wheeling Island.

No ‘Solid Suspect’ in Wheeling Island Murder

WHEELING — Police say they are making progress in the investigation of the shooting death of 41-year-old Ahmid Salem Hinton, who was shot multiple times in front of a Wheeling Island home in the early morning hours of May 9. Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl said Monday, ...

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Moundsville police Lt. Steve Kosek escorts Angel Denise Sells into a police cruiser following her arrest Monday.

Mother, Daughters Are Arrested for Alleged Gas Station Theft in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — Police believe an apparently staged gas station robbery last week in Moundsville was a family affair. Smith Mart employee Betty Ruth Sells, 22, of 2141 Campbell Lane in Proctor; her mother, Angel Denise Sells, 41, of 1603 Ruby St., Moundsville and her sisters, twins Dallas Mae ...

Police work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

At Least 19 Confirmed Dead After Concert Blast

LONDON (AP) — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by ...

Officials Disagree On Opioid Treatment

CHICAGO (AP) — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another? Health Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments — one replying to a ...

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 The McMechen Recreational Vehicle Park is full, with 45 sites occupied within city limits, providing the sole source of revenue for that city’s parks and recreation department.

McMechen RV Park Serves as Model for Moundsville Leaders

MOUNDSVILLE — There’s been some controversy over Moundsville’s proposal to establish a recreational vehicle park at the city’s riverfront to generate funds for the parks and recreation department. But it’s not a new idea, Moundsville Councilwoman Judy Hunt pointed out during a ...

Police: 19 Killed in Manchester, England Concert Explosion

LONDON (AP) — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by ...

Many Factors Contribute to Lower Life Expectancy in West Virginia

WHEELING — A local health official believes many factors contribute to southwestern West Virginia’s “very low” life expectancy. Dire results for that region of the Mountain State are cited in a new report issued in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The report is based on ...

New Rule Bringing Tax Breaks To Light

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Want to know how much money governments give away in corporate tax breaks? Good luck. For years, the figure has been incredibly difficult to calculate. That’s because states, cities and other government units haven’t been directed to uniformly report the value ...

Cuts to Food Stamps Part Of Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill. Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. ...

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Pushes to Drive Out Extremism

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region, describing a “battle between good and evil” rather than a clash between the West and Islam. In a pointed ...

Gunshots Reported In East Wheeling

WHEELING — Wheeling police are investigating after shots were reportedly fired Sunday morning in East Wheeling. No victims were found, and it’s unknown if anyone was injured. According to a press release, officers from the Wheeling Police Department responded to a call of shots being ...

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U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell, D- Maine, former majority leader of the U.S. Senate, addresses members of the Bethany College Class of 2017 on Saturday.

Bethany College Graduates Class of 2017

BETHANY — Graduates in the class of 2017 at Bethany College were reminded Saturday how fortunate they are to be Americans, how this country was built, and were urged to stand up for others. Former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Sen. ...

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Parker Skedel, 14, left, displays the medal that will be awarded to all Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic finishers on Saturday, while Jamie Fogle, 17, holds up the medal that all 5K Run/Walk finishers will receive.

Ogden Half Marathon, 5K Medals Unveiled

WHEELING — All participants in Saturday’s Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic — whether they tackle the full 13.1-mile course or the 5K events — will receive a finisher’s medal as soon as they cross the finish line. According to Race Director R. “Scat” Scatterday, the decision ...

Wheeling Hall of Fame Honors a Civic Leader, a Physician

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of four articles profiling the Wheeling Hall of Fame’s newest members in advance of June 3’s induction ceremony. WHEELING — A civic leader who capitalized on the region’s potential for tourism and a pioneering physician who advanced the ...

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West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, delivers a speech Friday on the House floor.

West Virginia House Passes Revenue Bill

WHEELING — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed its version of a revenue bill Friday on what was the sixth day of a special legislative session in Charleston called for setting the state’s 2018 budget. Despite a long agenda of proposed amendments, House Bill 107 was approved with ...

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Local AT&T Mobility workers, members of Communication Workers of America Local 2006, picket outside the AT&T retail store in Elm Grove Friday.

AT&T Strike More Than Just Static; Ohio Valley Workers Picket

WHEELING — The purchase of a new cellphone from an AT&T retail store — or customer service from an AT&T representative working at the call center at The Highlands — likely won’t be available this weekend as AT&T Mobility Workers are now on strike. The workers, members of ...

Levy For Four Seasons Pool Funds Is Being Considered in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — Seeking funds for renovations to the city’s Four Seasons Pool, Moundsville leaders are considering putting the matter in the hands of voters. At the recommendation of the city’s finance committee, Moundsville City Council voted unanimously this week to take steps toward ...