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City of Wheeling leaders and the West Virginia Division of Highways have reached a tentative agreement for a major streetscaping project encompassing Main and Market streets between 10th and 16th streets, including all cross streets.

Wheeling Leaders Prep For Streetscape Project

CHARLESTON — Plans for a major streetscaping project in downtown Wheeling, including new sidewalks, could be finalized soon, city officials say. On Monday, city council members, Mayor Glenn Elliott and City Manager Robert Herron met in Charleston with the state Department of Highways ...

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Touts Highway Construction Plan

SLAB FORK (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice touted his highways construction program that would be financed by higher taxes and fees as he launched a statewide tour to promote the plan that he says would create tens of thousands of jobs in West Virginia. Justice told a crowd in Slab Fork that the tax ...

Incentives Sought For West Virginia Grad Rates

WHEELING — Educators at institutions of higher learning once told incoming freshmen at their orientation to look to the person standing to the left of them — then to look at the person standing to their right. “Of the three of you, only one is likely to graduate,” the students were ...

West Virginia Tax Credits Could Spur Development

CHARLESTON — Some lawmakers want to encourage companies to renovate West Virginia’s historic buildings by offering a higher tax credit on rehabilitating them comparable to those in surrounding states. House Bill 2545, introduced Monday in the state Legislature, aims to even the playing ...

Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around it three times in 1962, and also became the oldest person in space, at age 77, by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

John Glenn Still Inspires 55 Years After Orbit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth. Since Glenn’s death on Dec. 8 at the age of 95, untold numbers of devotees have stopped by an exhibit of his artifacts on the campus of Ohio State University, backers have ...

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Trump returned from Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday after spending three weekends in a row at his Mara-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In Second Month, Trump Moving Toward Legislating

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate ...

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West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael discusses a bill on tax reform Sunday during the West Virginia Municipal League’s Mid Winter Conference in Charleston.

Plan Would Extend Sales Tax in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Changing West Virginia’s tax structure from income tax to general consumption tax is an idea that’s now officially up for consideration in the Legislature. Taxing the selling, purchasing or use of goods and services should replace the current outdated income tax, Senate ...

Help with Dilapidated Structures Sought in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Local government officials go through a tedious process to improve or remove dilapidated, unsafe structures in the community — sometimes waiting up to two years before they’re allowed to act. To quicken the process, the West Virginia Municipal League plans to propose ...

A Look at ‘Life in the Ohio Valley’

Life in the Ohio Valley. For many of us, it’s a life where we can raise our families, enjoy our friendships and live in relative peace in quiet. We’re close enough to cities such as Pittsburgh and Columbus that we can enjoy, through a simple day trip, what major metropolitan areas have to ...

Ohio, West Virginia Senators Target Opioid Abuse

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Addiction to painkillers such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil continues sweeping through the U.S., regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, so a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans are joining forces in the effort to combat the opioid ...

Contenders Crowd Potential 2018 Political Field in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the timeline of politics, Ohio’s next statewide election is just around the corner. For Republicans, that means working to avert a collision in 2018 among three high-profile gubernatorial hopefuls. For out-of-power Democrats, the challenge is to find any available ...

New Immigration Guidelines Drafted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The memos dated Friday seek to implement ...

Trump’s Proposed Military Budget May Face Bipartisan Opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump’s pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet. It’s not. Trump faces skeptical Democrats whose support he’ll need and resistance from fiscal conservatives opposed to ...

Local Officials Still Optimistic for Ethane Cracker

DILLES BOTTOM — It took Royal Dutch Shell officials five years from announcing in 2011 their intentions to build a Marcellus Shale region ethane cracker to confirming they would construct the giant petrochemical plant along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pa. This means PTT Global ...

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West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, speaks with Oglebay Institute President Danielle McCracken during “Arts Day” at the state Capitol in Charleston on Wednesday.

Local Arts Leaders, Festival Operators Worry About Proposal

WHEELING — The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra could lose annual funding to the tune of about $150,000 if the Legislature adopts Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed funding cuts to the Division of Culture and History. The cuts also would be felt at Oglebay Institute, which provides local artists with ...

Proposed State Bill Doubles Child Abuse Penalties

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate president this week introduced a bill that doubles the penalties for child abuse offenses in memory of a young Jackson County girl who died last year after being sexually assaulted. Senate Bill 288, also known as “Emmaleigh’s Law,” would set the ...

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W.Va. Budget Focus at Town Hall Meeting Between Lawmakers, Residents

WHEELING — A bill before West Virginia lawmakers would eliminate the state’s income tax in favor of a “consumption” tax, and those operating businesses in the Northern Panhandle question what effect this might have on the economies in counties that border states with a lower sales ...

Residents Take the Plunge to Raise Money for West Virginia Special Olympics

WHEELING — People gathered around a pool in the parking lot of Main Street Bank in Wheeling amid unseasonably warm weather to take the plunge and raise some cold cash for a good cause. Around 20 people lined up to jump into a pool filled with cold water for a good cause. Although the ...

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Opposing views on immigration are represented Friday during a demonstration in Wheeling.

Pushing Back On Sanctuary City Call Through Protest in Wheeling

WHEELING — People with opposing views lined Chapline Street Friday, some calling for Wheeling to declare itself a “sanctuary city” for those living in the U.S. illegally and others who say they don’t support breaking federal law. Between the pro-sanctuary city rally and the ...

American Electric Power Sells Kammer Plant Property in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE —With demolition already underway on portions of its closed Kammer Plant, American Electric Power recently sold the former coal-fired electricity generator to the Frontier Group of Companies for redevelopment. Frontier is the same firm that recently purchased 1,100 acres of ...