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FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.  A Los Angeles radio host says Franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. Franken's staff has not yet responded to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Franken Apologizes After Sexual Allegations

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He was the first ...

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., arrives for a meeting with House Republicans and President Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump urged House Republicans Thursday to approve a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul as the party prepared to drive the measure through the House.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more. The ...

President Donald Trump answers a question from the press about discussion of the tax bill, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump is at the Capitol for a pep rally with House Republicans, shortly before the chamber is expected to approve the tax bill over solid Democratic opposition. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Big House Win For Tax Plan

WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of ...

George Dethlefsen, left, CEO of Corsa Coal, speaks with a miner in a coal pit  in Friedens, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Corsa Coal Corp. says the mine will create 70 to 100 new jobs and produce some 400,000 tons of metallurgical coal a year. President Donald Trump referred to the mine's opening during a speech announcing his intent to withdraw from the Paris climate accords. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

Senate Gives MSHA Nominee and Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Approval

WHEELING — David Zatezalo says his focus as leader of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will be to make America “a world leader in mine safety again.” By a vote of 52-46 along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed the Wheeling resident’s nomination to be ...

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Defendant Leaves Marshall County Court During Deliberations in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — A McMechen man didn’t stick around the Marshall County Courthouse long enough to hear a jury return guilty verdicts against him on several drug charges. The two-day trial took an odd twist Tuesday as the defendant, 37-year-old Larry Welling, apparently left the courthouse ...

Brooke County School Merger Hearing Held at Colliers Primary

COLLIERS — Turnout was high for the latest in a series of hearings held by the Brooke County school board on the proposed merger of three primary schools into four existing ones. The cafeteria/gym of Colliers Primary School was nearly filled with parents and other community members and the ...

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Monarch Stadium sits quiet as winter approaches, before renovation and repair work takes place.

Architect Selected for Monarch Stadium Renovations in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — The Marshall County Board of Education has selected Blacksburg, Va.-based OWPR Architects and Engineers as the principal designers for a multi-million-dollar renovation to John Marshall High School’s Monarch Stadium expected to be complete in time for the 2018 football ...

Randy Morehouse, the maintenance and operations supervisor for the Corning Union Elementary School District, points to one of the bullet holes at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, from gunman Kevin Janson Neal's shooting rampage at Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif., Tuesday. Neal killed five people, including his wife before being shoot and killed by Tehama County Sheriff's deputies. Neal is believed to have spent six minutes shooting into the school before driving off to continue his shooting spree. One student was shot but is expected to survive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Staff Saved Kids At California School

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — A school secretary at a tiny elementary school rushed out to shoo children inside. A custodian swooped in, yelling “get into the classrooms,” at kids in the play yard. Inside Rancho Tehama Elementary School, children and some parents huddled under ...

This Aug. 14, 2017 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Charles Manson. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the 83-year-old mass killer is alive Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Manson Still Alive As Reports Swirl

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, each of them marked by his piercing dark eyes and the crude Nazi swastika he carved into his forehead. That personification returned to the ...

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Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA

WHEELING - In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to confirm Zatezalo was 52-46, with all "yes" votes coming from Republicans. Two senators, both Democrats, did ...

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, a resident walks past a row of tiny houses at a homeless encampment in Seattle where full size homes stand behind. Tiny homes could be the solution to all kinds of housing needs, offering warmth and security for the homeless, an affordable option for expensive big cities and simplicity for people who want to declutter their lives. However, that seemingly broad support fails to translate into acceptance when tiny home developers try to build next door. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Small Homes Causing Big Issues Across U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As he tows a 96-square-foot house around Des Moines, Joe Stevens is overwhelmed by the intense, sometimes tearful support he receives from churches, schools and service groups for his plan to use the trendy little structures to help homeless people. But when Stevens ...

Smoking To Continue At Casino, Video Lottery Rooms in Ohio County

WHEELING — Smoking can continue in specified areas at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and in limited video lottery rooms, now that the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has declined to change the county’s clear air regulation. A vote wasn’t taken during the board’s meeting ...

Moundsville Vice Mayor David Wood Seeks Clarity on Parks and Recreation Issue

MOUNDSVILLE — Vice Mayor David Wood expressed frustration Tuesday over a lack of action on a plan to have county officials manage Moundsville’s parks and recreation facilities. Wood’s comments came during a meeting of city council’s finance subcommittee as Craig White, who has been ...

U.S. Postal Service Reports Another Loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries. It pleaded for more ...

A woman and a child sit by an elementary school where a gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve in Corning, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in the rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing several people at several sites and wounding others at the elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Gunman Targets People at Random in California

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire “without provocation” in a tiny, rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people and wounding at least 10 others, including a student at an elementary school, ...

Law enforcement agents investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  Police searched the neighborhood after a person was shot dead, possibly by a serial killer. Spokesman Steve Hegarty said detectives can't immediately say whether the shooting is related to last month's 10-day spree where three people were slain, but officers are treating it like it is.  (Jones, Octavio/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Police hunt house by house for Florida killer after 4th slaying

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police blockaded a neighborhood and searched with a SWAT team and dogs for a possible serial killer Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead for no apparent reason. Residents of the Seminole Heights neighborhood reported ...

Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road leading into the Rancho Tehama subdivision south of Red Bluff, Calif., following a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight via AP)

Series of California shootings kill 5, wound child at school

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed four people and wounded a number of others at random Tuesday at multiple locations in rural Northern California, including an elementary school, before police shot him dead, authorities said. Two hospitals said they were treating seven people, ...