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Wheeling Hospital Wants Hearing on OVMC Sale

WHEELING - Wheeling Hospital wants the West Virginia Health Care Authority to hold a public hearing on Alecto Healthcare Services' application for a certificate of need to purchase Ohio Valley Medical Center. The certificate is a requirement under West Virginia law for the sale, announced Jan. ...

American Civil Liberties Union Wants West Virginia Residents to Get Involved

WHEELING — Explosion in membership in the American Civil Liberties Union since the general election is one sign the organization is “winning” against the Trump administration’s attack on civil liberties, its West Virginia leader says. Joseph Cohen, executive director of the American ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with Diane Hughes and Stephanie Frederiksen at a Town Hall meeting, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Martinsburg, W.Va., focused on the possible loss of health coverage under the proposed House Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Both women said they got badly needed treatment under the current law. (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen)

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Meets With the People in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he’ll oppose any legislation that takes health care away from West Virginians and urged people to “bombard” President Donald Trump with calls and emails to halt the Republican plan. Manchin said Trump needs to be enlisted to ...

Hearing Delayed In Martinsburg Fatal Fire Case

MARTINSBURG — Molly Jo Delgado, who stands accused of two counts of murder and one count of arson, appeared for her preliminary hearing in magistrate court Thursday in Martinsburg. Her attorney, Andrew Arnold of Arnold & Bailey of Charles Town, asked the court for a continuance which was ...

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about the Trump Administration's budget proposal during daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s Proposed Budget Boosts Military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America’s government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and ...

Environmental Programs Would Face Large Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would gut programs for science and the environment, reflecting the Republican’s rejection of mainstream science. Trump has frequently called climate change a “hoax,” and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he does ...

Republicans Seeks Traction On Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pulling in different directions, Republicans are striving to get traction for a health care overhaul in danger of being dragged down by intra-party differences. Some GOP governors weighed in Thursday evening in a letter to congressional leaders saying the House bill gives ...

Local J.C. Penney Stores Survive Cuts

WHEELING — Neither the J.C. Penney at The Highlands in Triadelphia, nor the store at the Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville, are on the list of 138 outlets the retailer announced plans to close this morning. Last month, officials with the Plano, Texas-based company announced they would close ...

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West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee takes a lunch break in the cafeteria at the Capitol in Charleston in between “Higher Education Day” events at the Legislature on Wednesday.

West Virginia Legislature Goes to College

CHARLESTON — West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee says across-the-board cuts to the state’s higher education funding would create “mediocrity” at a time when leaders should be looking to support institutions that create jobs and are the biggest employers in the state. Gee ...

Economic Development Groups Oppose West Virginia Certificate of Need Bill

WHEELING — Economic development groups continue criticizing Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns’ bill that would eliminate West Virginia’s certificate of need program regulating who provides which health care services throughout the state. For example, Craig O’Leary, program director of ...

Gas and Oil Industry Leaders Fear More Regulation in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The natural gas rig running at the Rice Energy site along Ohio 9 south of St. Clairsville is one of 20 now grinding into the Buckeye State’s Utica Shale, nearly double the 11 that were working in Ohio at this time last year. However, industry officials and those working ...

Rule On Fracking On Public Land Is Halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers Wednesday that ...

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, meets reporters after his breakfast with the presidents of the Ohio Farm Bureau in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown: GOP Health Plan Would Hurt Addicted Ohioans

WASHINGTON — Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could adversely impact treatment of as many as 200,000 opioid-addicted Ohioans, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Brown, D-Ohio, spoke this week to Ohio Farm Bureau chapter presidents visiting Washington for their annual ...

Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban

HONOLULU (AP) — Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii who questioned whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson also said Hawaii ...

Donald Trump Unveils $1.15 Trillion Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget today, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Today’s ...

High Stakes For Trump on GOP Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON — As a new president who has vowed to keep his campaign promises, Donald Trump knows he’ll be judged on whether he can repeal the so-called Obamacare law and replace it with something new. Dealing with skepticism from conservatives and moderates alike, the White House is ...

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Slideshow: Wheeling Middle School Performs ‘Shrek’

Images from tonight's performance of 'Shrek the Musical Jr.' The production has one more night at the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the 7 p.m. show.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice answers questions Tuesday during a “Your Voice, Your Future” town hall at Wheeling Jesuit University.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Talks Tough In Northern Panhandle

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice challenged state lawmakers to meet five hours each day on West Virginia’s budget, called legislators “baby snowflakes” and addressed a question about his own delinquent taxes tweeted by Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns during a town hall forum ...

Weirton Enacts Drug Law

WEIRTON — The city of Weirton is continuing its battle against drug use in the community, enacting a new criminal charge for those found to be under the influence while in public. During its meeting Monday, Weirton City Council passed an emergency reading of an ordinance establishing a ...