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Ohio Auditor’s Report Shows Theft From Government in Eastern Ohio

COLUMBUS — Theft by public employees at the local government level has resulted in millions of dollars unaccounted for across the state of Ohio in the past decade, according to a new report by State Auditor Dave Yost. The report states that auditors have identified more than $3.4 million ...

Charles Manson Dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in ...

Mixed Signals on Fate of Tax Bill’s Health Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to overhaul business and personal income taxes that is expected to be voted on after ...

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of ...

Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Cop

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania residents who came to the aid of a rookie police officer who was fatally shot and killed during a traffic stop say he was “gasping for air” and not responsive when they arrived at the scene. Brian Shaw was shot in the chest around 8:15 p.m. Friday ...

Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway in Wheeling Feeding Hundreds

WHEELING — The Rev. Darrell Cummings of the Bethlehem Apostolic Church said the church’s annual Thanksgiving food giveway provided for about 600 people this year, many of whom stood in the rain early Saturday morning. The regular event, which sports several variations throughout the ...

Longtime Postal Carriers Set to Hang Up Mailbags

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor WHEELING — Forget the snow, rain, heat and gloom of night. Think about the snarling dogs, youngsters on tricycles and mountains of packages three local letter carriers have contended with over a combined 107 years of service. Wheeling-based ...

Wheeling Men Hit the Trails In Support Of Free Bike Depot

WHEELING — John Warnick and Jeff Gullickson want to spread the word to as many people as possible about the work done by the Free Bike Depot at St. John Centre Wheeling Fellowship Church. They should get plenty of opportunities to do that this week as they ride their bicycles almost 400 ...

WVU, State Surprised By Magnitude Of Addiction

MORGANTOWN — Experts at West Virginia University began to suspect more than a decade ago that substance abuse issues were impacting the state, but they didn’t realize how much — and how quickly — the problem would escalate. And they believe West Virginia’s substance abuse ...

Marshall County Teen Dies After Dirt Bike, Car Crash

SHERRARD — Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil reported that 17-year-old Brandon Holmes died when his dirt bike collided with a car at the intersection of W.Va. 88 and Garvins Lane at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Preliminary reports indicate Holmes was driving north on W.Va. 88 at a high rate ...

Ohio Valley Public Health Agencies Take Proactive Look at HIV

WHEELING — With a recent spike in newly diagnosed cases of human immunodeficiency virus in southern West Virginia, public health agencies are stepping up efforts to prevent similar HIV outbreaks in the Northern Panhandle. Statistics for new HIV cases in the six northern counties are not ...

Brooke County School Board Questioned About Merger Plan

BEECH BOTTOM — Brooke County school officials faced more questions Thursday about the decision to close three of the county’s seven elementary schools during a public hearing at Beech Bottom Primary School. The hearing was the fifth of seven scheduled to accept public comment on a plan to ...

Trump Welcomes West Virginia University Rifle Team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indoors and out, the White House was overrun with school spirit Friday as President Donald Trump welcomed college sports champions and declared them “great athletes.” Too many of them to fit in one room, the teams took up positions all around the mansion for separate ...

Tax Vote Could Lead To Battle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though. The House ...

Huntington Fire Chief Talks Addiction, Second Chances

WHEELING — As fire chief in a city where almost 30 people overdosed in a four-hour period last year, Jan Rader finds herself at ground zero of a crisis she believes “could very well bankrupt our country.” Rader — who was featured in the Netflix documentary “Heroin(e)” — spoke to ...

Computer Imaging Gives New Look at Addiction

MORGANTOWN — Doctors may soon have a new set of tools that can identify and modify parts of the brain stimulated by substance abuse, experts said. Dr. Ali Rezai, the new director of West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, outlined the latest advances in fighting ...

Marijuana Stores Banned In Bellaire

BELLAIRE — If you were thinking about opening one of those new medical marijuana dispensaries in the village of Bellaire, think again. During a regular meeting Thursday, village council in a 4-2 decision voted to ban such businesses in the village. The vote came about after a handful of ...

Board of Health Advocates Nonpartisan Appointments

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health is seeking to have appointments to health boards be made nonpartisan. The local board passed a resolution this week asking the West Virginia Legislature “to remove the requirement that political party membership be one of the determining ...