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Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, holds a photo of Bro's mother and her daughter, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. Heyer was killed Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, when police say a man plowed his car into a group of demonstrators protesting the white nationalist rally. Bro said that she is going to bare her soul to fight for the cause that her daughter died for. (AP Photo/Joshua Replogle)

Charlottesville Suspect Has Checkered Past

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to police records released Monday. Samantha Bloom, who is disabled and uses a ...

President Trump Denounces Hate Groups by Name

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday, declaring “racism is evil” after two days of public equivocation and internal White House debate over the deadly race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a statement at the White ...

Chemical Leak Reported at St. Clairsville Wastewater Treatment Plant

A vapor cloud over the wastewater treatment plant in St. Clairsville this morning has caused city officials to issue a Code Red alert to area residents. While the extent or type of chemical leak from the plant is still unknown, residents are urged to stay indoors. No evacuations have been ...

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Wheeling Island Stadium Could Reopen Next Month

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School football coach Chris Daugherty paid little attention to the work happening around him Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium as his team ran drills in preparation for the upcoming season. That work, however, which is being done at a quicker-than-expected ...

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Dozens of area residents gathered outside West Virginia Independence Hall in reaction to violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Wheeling Residents Take Stand Against Racism

WHEELING — An impromptu candlelight vigil led by Marchers Ohio Valley Empowered was staged outside West Virginia Independence Hall at 16th and Market streets in Wheeling on Sunday night to take a stand against racism and hate. Area clergy and several laypeople prayed and spoke at the vigil, ...

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Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones this morning review details of a gas lease agreement.

Ohio County BOE Approves $231,000 Gas Lease Deal

WHEELING — Gas extraction will take place under Wheeling Park High School after an act by Ohio County Board of Education members this morning. Board members,approved by voice vote a lease agreement with SWN, formerly known as Southwest Energy, to allow drilling under WPHS for a sign-up ...

In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place. Fields was later charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. (Alan Goffinski AP)

Police Charge Man Accused in Va. Deaths With Murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of plowing a car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia had been photographed hours earlier carrying the emblem of one of the hate groups that participated in the event. Vanguard America on Sunday denied any association with ...

A helicopter carrying Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks, left, takes a familiarization flight, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, near Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S.: Clash with North Korea Not Imminent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Sunday a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned the possibility of war is greater than a decade ago. CIA Director Mike Pompeo and H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, tried to provide ...

DeVos Still Divisive Six Months Into Job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It’s a reminder of the process that spurred angry protests, some ridicule and required the vice president’s tie-breaking ...

A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them.   /The Daily Progress via AP)

Wheeling Police Chief Was in Charlottesville Before Riot

WHEELING — Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, a former member of the Albermarle County Police Department, said he was saddened at the violence taking place in Charlottesville, and the misinformation being reported about officers not being prepared for Saturday’s civil unrest that ...

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Ohio Valley Medical Center nurses Jamie Blake, left, and Candace Greenwood familiarize themselves with a new vital signs machine and a new electrocardiogram machine in the emergency room.

OVMC Moving Forward With $3 Million From City of Wheeling

WHEELING — City leaders plan to spend $3 million renovating a parking garage and demolishing a building in Center Wheeling to help Alecto Healthcare Services with its $36 million purchase of Ohio Valley Medical Center —a move some believe helped save about 1,000 jobs in the Friendly ...

Cleanup Continues As Flooding Season Ends

WHEELING — Cleanup continues after a pair of July flash floods as prime flooding season nears its end, based on historic data from the National Weather Service. Area relief efforts are progressing slowly, with much more work remaining to be done, primarily in Marshall and Wetzel ...

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West Liberty University students are seen moving on to the campus at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. University officials expect an 11-percent increase in enrollment for the coming school year.

WLU Enrollment Jumps 11 Percent

WEST LIBERTY — At the same time many colleges are losing students, West Liberty University is expecting an 11-percent increase in enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. The university has at least 2,200 students registered for the fall semester so far, representing an increase of at least ...

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Clowns entertain guests at Saturday’s Adopt-A-Student event in North Wheeling.

Children Receive Back-to-School Cheer

WHEELING — There were clowns handing out balloons from a pair of plastic chairs as the Rev. Darrell Cummings walked across the floor of the North Wheeling Community Youth Center listening to people receive things. This was at Saturday’s Adopt-A-Student program, in which area children and ...

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Ohio County Schools Federal Programs Director Walt Saunders reads to students at Elm Grove Elementary School during the 2016-17 school year.

W.Va. Math Scores Up, Language Arts Down

WHEELING — Standardized test scores for West Virginia students across the state in 2017 show improvement over last year’s marks in math, while language arts scores are down slightly from last year. The West Virginia Department of Education this week released to school districts the ...

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Heather Merkel, manager of the Wheeling Hospital Emergency/Trauma Center, is on the front lines in the battle against opioid drug epidemic.

Drug Overdoses Affect More Than Just the Victim

WHEELING — On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a “national emergency.” But local law enforcement and medical personnel have known that for a long time. On Aug. 3 alone, emergency responders kept nine people from certain death after each person suffered an ...

President Donald Trump gestures as he answers a question regarding the ongoing situation in North Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump: N. Korea ‘Will Reget It Fast’ if It Attacks

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump on Friday issued another warning of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military “locked and loaded.” He said the isolated nation’s leader “will regret it fast” if he takes any action against U.S. ...

Campaign Raises $1.125B for WVU

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s major fundraising campaign, originally targeting $750 million, has topped $1.125 billion with an ongoing push in its final six months. With state support declining, every public university in the country is having major financial challenges, WVU ...

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A&B Kia in Benwood has donated $100,000 to flood relief efforts in McMechen, and the automobile dealership announced Friday they will host a fundraiser Aug. 27 to assist those living in the McMechen area. Pictured from left are West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, and Mike Ferns Sr. of A&B Kia; McMechen Mayor Greg Wolfe; and Mike Ferns Jr. of A&B Kia.

A&B Kia Aids Flood Recovery

BENWOOD — A&B Kia already has donated $100,000 toward flood efforts in the city of McMechen, and now the dealership will join with local banks in hosting a fundraiser to help those in the city and surrounding area recover from losses. The event is set to take place from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. ...