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Wheeling Water Pollution Control Operations Supervisor Brock Castilow, right, and Public Works Director Russell Jebbia look on during a Tuesday information session.

Consultant: $28M in Sewer Projects Likely Just the Beginning in Wheeling

WHEELING — Average Wheeling sewer customers could see their monthly bills increase about $14.50 to fund $28 million in system upgrades, but Wheeling may ultimately require up to $200 million over the next 30 years to meet federal and state regulatory mandates. During an information session ...

U.S. Rep. David McKinley Addresses Wheeling Rotary

WHEELING — U.S. Rep. David McKinley believes coal needs to remain a major part of America’s energy mix to avoid leaving West Virginia “vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters,” he told members of the Wheeling Rotary Club on Tuesday. “I like to focus primarily on energy because ...

West Virginia Legislature Passes Tax Credit Increase

WHEELING — A $1 million investment in the restoration of a historic building in Wheeling now can net a developer a $450,000 tax credit after an act by the West Virginia Legislature on Tuesday. State lawmakers ended a special session of the Legislature late Tuesday after passage of all ...

Ohio Valley Health Advocates Warn Of Potential Changes

WHEELING — Health care advocates contend many West Virginians could face higher insurance premiums and reduced coverage unless Congress overrides President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders. Representatives of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and WV NaviCare conducted a ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: Drug Czar Should Have A Bigger Medical Background

MARTINSBURG — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin suggested that the nation’s next “drug czar” should have a medical background, know someone who has been addicted and be from outside the Washington, D.C., beltway. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., removed his name from consideration to lead the Drug ...

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, accompanied by Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, after he and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Short-Term Health Care Deal Could Be Imminent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some ...

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Pigs Involved in I-70 Truck Accident in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A tractor-trailer carrying a load of pigs collided with another semi-truck this morning morning on Interstate 70 near St. Clairsville. No people were injured, but it was suspected that some of the pigs were injured or died during the accident. Because of the angle the truck ...

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West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, gavels in a special session of the Legislature on Monday in Charleston.

West Virginia Legislature Starts Special Session in Charleston

WHEELING — Bills to exempt military pensions from state taxation and increase the tax credit for rehabilitation of historic structures were among the first introduced during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature that convened Monday. Lawmakers on Monday also unanimously passed ...

Local Leaders in Steubenville, Weirton React To New York Times Column

STEUBENVILLE — Local business and economic development leaders were incensed by a column that appeared in the New York Times last week depicting the Steubenville-Weirton area as ill-suited to thrive or recover from the Great Recession. The column, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones ...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Pa., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is demanding that the White House withdraw the nomination of Marino to be the nation's drug czar. Manchin says Marino played a key role in passing a bill weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop ...

President Donald Trump answers questions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Rose Garden after their meeting at the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, McConnell: No Matter What, We’re Friends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their alliance of necessity Monday in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends now closer than ever; the reserved Senate ...

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W.Va. 88 Closed After Truck Loses Trailer Hauling Pipes

SHERRARD — W.Va. 88 at Butch’s corner is currently closed to traffic in both directions as workers attempt to hook a new truck onto a trailer carrying large pipes that fell off the truck it was on earlier.

National Governors Association vice chairman Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, listens as West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, left, speaks during a news conference before the opening of the annual NGA meeting in Gulfport, Miss., Saturday, July 18, 2009. Manchin noted much of the funds were directed to Medicaid and education.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Pushes For Drug Czar Move

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation’s drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from ...

President Donald Trump answers questions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Rose Garden at the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Manchin: In Light of Report, Trump Should Withdraw Marino Nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening the federal authority to stop companies from ...

This illustration provided by the Carnegie Institution for Science depicts the collision of two neutron stars detected on Aug. 17, 2017. The explosion threw matter, light, radiation and gravitational waves into space. The discovery was reported on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science via AP)

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing ...

FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves a motions hearing during a lunch break in Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty on Monday, Oct. 16, to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. The U.S. Army said Bergdahl asked to enter his plea before the military judge at Fort Bragg. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP, File)

Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive for five years after abandoning his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him in prison for life. "I understand that leaving was against the law," said ...

President Donald Trump, left, hugs West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, right, after Justice announced at a campaign-style rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, that he is changing parties. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Legislature to consider West Virginian hiring preference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Legislature is returning to the Capitol to consider legislation aimed at ensuring West Virginians are hired by contractors repairing and building roads and bridges across the state. Gov. Jim Justice has called lawmakers back to the statehouse for a special ...