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Thomas Enters Not Guilty Plea to Embezzlement Charge in Ohio County

WHEELING — Attorney Mark Thomas this morning pled not guilty to a charge of embezzlement. Thomas, a Belmont County commissioner, appeared at a hearing in Ohio County Circuit Court in response to being indicted on one count of embezzlement by a fiduciary for allegedly misappropriating $36,000 ...

Bill Would Raise West Virginia Corrections Officer Pay $6,000

WHEELING — Corrections officers at West Virginia’s state prisons could be earning $6,000 more annually in three years under legislation currently before state lawmakers. Senate Bill 262, introduced at the request of Gov. Jim Justice, would increase the pay for corrections officers $2,000 a ...

In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, two homeless drug addicts inject themselves with heroin in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Governors Call for More Resources to Battle Opioid Scourge

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation’s governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are ...

West Virginia Leaders to Release Opioid Response Plan

WHEELING — West Virginia officials soon will be finalizing a proposed opioid response plan focusing on six key areas for the state. This proposal includes high-priority, short-term recommendations for prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose reversal, supporting families with ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship leaves the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse following the second day of jury deliberation in Charleston, W.Va. Blankenship, who went to prison related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades, is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a town hall meeting for voters, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II, File)

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Kicks Off Senate Campaign in Logan

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who served a one-year prison term on charges related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a town hall meeting for voters. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship is scheduled to attend the ...

‘Very Strong’ Democratic Sentiment To Oppose Republican Budget Bill

WASHINGTON — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could ...

President Donald Trump listens as Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Insists His Views on A Border Wall Have Not ‘Evolved’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted today his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff’s comments to lawmakers. Trump said on Twitter: “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived ...

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West Virginia Delegate Patrick McGeehan seeks change for tax increases

CHARLESTON — Delegate Pat McGeehan has sponsored a resolution to amend the West Virginia Constitution to require a two-thirds majority to pass any future tax or fee increase by the Legislature. “The people of West Virginia are taxed enough already, and we need to do everything we can to ...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, a car approaches a sobriety checkpoint set up along a busy street in Albuquerque, N.M.  A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the Òentirely preventableÓ 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Science Panel: Time for States to Lower the Legal Limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. ...

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House Defends its Involvement In Bannon Testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with ...

Threat of Ohio E-School Closure Adds to Adversity for Students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As one of the nation’s largest online charter schools faces closure, students like Isabella Aquino face uncertainty about their future. “I have no idea,” said the 16-year-old junior, who takes some college classes and is disinclined to brick-and-mortar schools ...

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The public turns out for an information session Tuesday night hosted  by Ohio County Schools explaining a county-wide building upgrade projects and an upcoming school bond issue.

Ohio County Schools Discuss Framework for $86M Upgrades

WHEELING — The days of expansive libraries and computer labs in high schools are going the way of encyclopedias and manual typewriters — and being replaced with “fab labs” and “maker spaces” where students collaborate to create, Ohio County residents learned Tuesday. Ohio County ...

Crews Repairing WPHS Gas Line

WHEELING — Amid near-zero temperatures and falling snow, Ohio County Schools service employees put in nearly a full 24-hour day repairing a gas line break at Wheeling Park High School earlier this week. Superintendent Kim Miller commended Maintenance Director Brian Harto, noting some of ...

Wheeling Residents Frosted About Snow-Covered Roads

WHEELING — So far, owners of seven downtown buildings have received bills of $175 per labor hour for Wheeling workers to remove snow from their sidewalks, but city officials said this is not curtailing their efforts to clear streets in neighborhoods. Also, Jefferson Avenue resident George ...

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Rep. Evan Jenkins Files For U.S. Senate Seat

PARKERSBURG — A sitting congressman Tuesday filed to seek a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter at Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office in Charleston, where he filed for the Republican nomination. Thomas ...

FILE- In this April 9, 2017, file photo, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Breitbart News Network announced Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that the former White House chief strategist is stepping down as chairman of the conservative news site. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

House Committee Questions Bannon

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel’s Russia investigation. Bannon walked into a closed-door meeting with House members Tuesday morning ...

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Mark Thomas Indicted on Embezzlement Charge in Ohio County

WHEELING — An Ohio County grand jury has indicted local attorney Mark A. Thomas on a charge of embezzlement by fiduciary for allegedly misappropriating $36,000 from the estate of a deceased client. Thomas also serves as a Belmont County commissioner. According to the indictment, the ...

The number of children exposed to laundry detergent packets continues to rise, despite efforts by manufacturers to make containers more child resistant.

The Latest Social Media Fad? Teens Eating Laundry Detergent Pods

WHEELING — A dangerous new craze known as the “Laundry Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teenagers, but doctors say it could lead to hospitalization. In the latest social media fad, teens record themselves eating laundry pods. Medical experts warn that swallowing the contents of ...

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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, looks on during an interim committee meeting in Charleston in October.

Legislators Look at Elections for W.Va. School Board

WHEELING — Members of the West Virginia Board of Education would be elected by the state’s voters under a bill introduced during the first week of the West Virginia Legislature’s annual session. There are 12 members of the state board, nine of whom are appointed by the governor. They ...