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U.S. Rep. David McKinley To Promote West Virginia Coal In India

WHEELING — U.S. Rep David McKinley said exporting American coal to India could be the short-term boost the industry needs until clean-coal technology is inexpensive enough to revive it in the long-term. McKinley, R-W.Va., said he’s working to strengthen his relationship with government ...

Union Local High School Teacher Faces Criminal Sexual Abuse Charge

BELMONT — The Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office released more information Friday about allegations of inappropriate conduct against a Union Local School District teacher. According to the prosecutor’s office, Tiffany Ann Cordes, 27, of Cadiz is charged with one count of sexual battery, ...

DHS Weighed National Guard for Immigration Roundup

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration’s internal efforts to enact its ...

Supreme Court associate justice Samuel Alito, right, swears in Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Holding the bible is Marlyn Pruitt, wife of Scott Pruitt, and their son Cade Pruitt is standing second from right. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Scott Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil ...

President Donald Trump, joined by coal miners and members of Congress including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., right, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., second from right, and Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, third from right, holds up H.J. Res. 38 after signing it in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump Halts Rule On Stream Regulations With W.Va., Ohio Leaders Looking On

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has put the brakes on a regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Trump called the regulation a “job-killing rule” before he signed a measure to overturn it. Lawmakers from coal-mining states stood close by, ...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Mounts Aggressive Defense

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information. Nearly a month into his presidency, ...

Legislators Target Local Government Websites, Including Ohio County

WHEELING — It’s not unusual for West Virginia local government websites to contain outdated information — or lack important items such as meeting schedules and minutes, said Delegate Gary Howell. To ensure more timely information online, Howell, R-Mineral, sponsored House Bill 2444 ...

Trump Weighs Mobilizing Guard For Roundups

By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated ...

Union Local Teacher Charged with Sexual Battery

MORRISTOWN — Authorities released more information today about a Union Local teacher accused of inappropriate conduct. According to the Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office, Tiffany Ann Cordes, 27, of Cadiz is charged with one count of sexual battery, a felony of the third degree. She is ...

Allegations Against Staff Member at Union Local

BELMONT — School and law enforcement officials are investigating alleged misconduct by a Union Local School District staff member. During a board of education meeting Thursday, Superintendent Ben Porter said on Wednesday, district officials were notified of allegations against a staff ...

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Nine bridges along Interstate 70 in Ohio County are rated “structurally deficient” by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

Interstate 70 Bridges in Ohio County Rated Deficient

WHEELING —Almost 56,000 bridges throughout the nation are considered “structurally deficient” by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, including nine on Interstate 70 in Ohio County. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice announced he hopes to spend $135 million to replace ...

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

West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan Seeks Common Core Repeal

WHEELING — Delegate Pat McGeehan says West Virginia’s current method of educating its students is “confused and convoluted,” and taxpayers footing the bill should have more of a say in what is being taught in the state’s classrooms. McGeehan, R-Hancock, has reintroduced ...

Bill Seeks Stiffer Hit-and-Run Penalties in West Virginia

WHEELING — When a hit-and-run driver knowingly left motorcyclist Kenny McCall bleeding and broken on a Newell sidewalk, his family — and state lawmakers — later would discover the only recourse against the uninsured motorist was prosecution for a misdemeanor offense. “At the time ...

Union Local school employee under investigation

MORRISTOWN — School and law enforcement officials are investigating alleged misconduct by a Union Local School District staff member. During a board of education meeting this evening, district officials released the following statement: “On Wednesday, Feb. 15, ...

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The former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building towers above downtown Wheeling.

Talks Ongoing To Renovate Wheeling-Pitt Building in Downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — The former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building in downtown Wheeling may see a second life as an upscale housing development, according to local real estate agent Jay Goodman. Goodman, of Harvey Goodman Realtor, said a preliminary conversation is ongoing between the building’s ...

Congress Blocks Gun Ownership Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led ...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump accompanied by, from second from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Trump's White House is nearly paralyzed by crisis, divisions and dysfunction. Virtually all policy announcements have slowed to a crawl. Aides are undercutting each other in leaks (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Administration Ushers in Changes to Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people. But the changes could lead to policies with higher annual deductibles, ...

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PTT Global Chemical America will wait until the end of 2017 to make a final decision on whether to build an ethane cracker along the Ohio River in Belmont County.

The Wait Continues For Proposed Belmont County Cracker

DILLES BOTTOM — Spending several billions of dollars is no small decision, so PTT Global Chemical America will take the rest of this year to evaluate engineering and design plans for the potential Belmont County ethane cracker, officials with the Thailand-based firm said late ...