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West Virginia House Committee Advances Supreme Court Runoff Bill

CHARLESTON — A bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday could help narrow crowded fields of candidates running for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. A committee substitute for House Bill 2008 would create a run-off system where the top two candidates in a state ...

Dallas Acoff Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder in 2015 East Wheeling Shooting

WHEELING — Dallas Acoff’s involvement in the 2015 murder of Lemroy Coleman took a new and apparent final legal turn Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Acoff had been set for a second trial in the case on Feb. 8. Following the plea, Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims ...

Brooke County Health Department Confirms Six Have Legionnaire’s Disease

WHEELING — Six cases of Legionnaires’ disease — an infection caused by Legionella bacteria — have been identified in Brooke County. “At this time, there appears to be no related link to the cases,” administrator Michael Bolen said Tuesday. A few months ago, six other cases of ...

Martins Ferry Woman Is First in Ohio To Buy Medical Marijuana

WINTERSVILLE — Wednesday saw the first legal medical marijuana sales in Ohio — and they took place in Wintersville. Lines formed starting at 6 a.m. outside of both Wintersville medical marijuana dispensaries — Ohio Valley Natural Relief, and CY-Plus. People drove from as far as ...

Martins Ferry Woman First in Ohio to Purchase Medical Marijuana

WINTERSVILLE — Wednesday was a day many had been anticipating for a long time — the first legal medical marijuana sales in Ohio. Joan Caleodis of Martins Ferry became the first person in the Buckeye State to purchase medical marijuana. Lines formed outside of both the Winterville ...

High-Speed Pursuit on I-79 Ends in Crash

WAYNESBURG – A high-speed chase on Interstate 79 that began near Waynesburg ended when the stolen car being pursued by state police crashed in Washington County early Wednesday morning. State police on patrol in Franklin Township ran the vehicle’s license plate and learned it was stolen, ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Seeks Lower Budget Figure

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, being mindful of the spending controversies over the last 15 months, presented lawmakers a budget request several million dollars less than the previous fiscal year. Chief Justice Beth Walker went before the Senate Finance Committee ...

Chief: ‘Excellent Police Work’ Nets Murder Indictment in Wheeling

WHEELING — A Williamson, West Virginia, woman was indicted Monday by an Ohio County grand jury for the murder of a Louisiana man at the McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling in the summer of 2017. The shooting death occurred Aug. 22, 2017, and originally was deemed a suicide. But Wheeling Police ...

Trio of West Virginia Lawmakers: Give Trump $10M for Wall

CHARLESTON (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert ...

Manchin Backs Measure Aimed at Preserving Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

WHEELING — Sen. Joe Manchin will reintroduce a resolution aimed at preserving insurance protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. At a press conference Tuesday in Washington, Manchin, D-W.Va., explained the measure. He said it would direct Senate’s legal team to ...

Free Community College Bill Clears First Hurdle

CHARLESTON — An effort led by the president of the West Virginia Senate to make community and technical colleges free for in-state students was unanimously passed out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. A committee substitute making technical changes to Senate Bill 1, “increasing ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Proposed Wireless Fee Raises Concerns

CHARLESTON — After agreeing to make changes in light of a Federal Communications Commission report that dinged the state for raiding E-911 fees, the Justice administration is poised to increase the amount it takes from counties by creating a new public safety wireless fee. Senate Bill 289, ...

Wheeling Human Rights Commission Picks Frank Calabrese as Its New Chairman

WHEELING — Members of the city’s human rights commission elected Frank Calabrese as their new chairman Tuesday following the resignation of its former chairman on Monday. Commissioners unanimously voted to elect Calabrese chairman, a position that lasts through the end of July, at ...

No-Cost Birth Control Facing Court Challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception. The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of ...

Water Valve Replacement on Main Street in Wheeling Will Last Another Week

WHEELING -- A water valve replacement project that has closed Main Street at 16th Street since Jan. 7 will now last through Friday, Jan. 25, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Wednesday. The closure, which prohibits traffic from turning on to 16th Street but allows for traffic ...

Woman Indicted in Wheeling Murder Originally Reported as Self-Inflicted Gunshot

WHEELING - An Ohio County grand jury has indicted a Williamson, W.Va., woman for murder after an investigation into a reported self-inflicted gunshot turned out to be much more. The grand jury Monday returned a true bill of indictment for felony murder on Freda Faye Davis, 37, of Williamson, ...

Inspectors Take a Closer Look at Interstate 70 Bridges in Wheeling

Photo by Scott McCloskey Consultant inspection crews were out in full force along Interstate 70 east between the Wheeling Tunnel and Exit 2A Monday as the West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 does preliminary inspection work for the I-70 project expected to begin later this year ...

Trump Says Solution To Shutdown Is ‘So Simple’

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while ...

Wheeling Human Rights Commission Chairman Steve Novotney Steps Down

WHEELING — The chairman of the city’s human rights commission, Steve Novotney, resigned from the position Monday following complaints regarding posts he made on social media in December. Novotney announced that he will leave the commission in a letter addressed to Mayor Glenn Elliott, ...