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Bill Would Stop Flow Of West Virginia Water Development Board Payments

WHEELING — A bill that passed through the West Virginia Senate Government Organization Committee Tuesday would eliminate the salaries of members of the West Virginia Water Development Board, if it eventually becomes law. The four water board members earn $12,000 annually, and are required, ...

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Former Marshall County Board of Education President Beth Phillips, left, attends a prior meeting as Vice President Thomas Gilbert looks on.

Marshall County Board of Education President Beth Phillips Resigns

MOUNDSVILLE — Beth Phillips resigned her position on the Marshall County Board of Education to accept a job as an accountant within the district, remaining board members learned during the Tuesday meeting. Phillips, a six-year member of the board, had served as the board’s president for ...

Kremlin, Lawmakers Play Down Resignation

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday played down the resignation of U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a sign that Russia is already looking ahead to talks with the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to improve the nations’ strained ties. Flynn was often perceived as Donald ...

In this image made from a video taken on Dec. 10, 2015 and made available on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow. Flynn, who resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his contacts with Russia, was seen attending the 10th anniversary of the Russian television network RT in 2015 where Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech. A US official has told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia after US intelligence reported that Russia had interfered with the US elections. (Ruptly via AP)

President Knew Secutity Adviser Misled Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but ...

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PTT Global Delays Cracker Decision Until End of 2017

WHEELING -- According to Toasaporn Boonyapipat, president and CEO of PTT Global Chemical America, the Thailand-based firm will wait until the end of 2017 to make a final decision on whether to build the giant ethane cracker complex in Belmont County. Previously, officials said they would ...

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Contractors working on The Health Plan’s new headquarters in downtown Wheeling place the final beam of the structure’s steel frame Monday.

Business is Booming At The Health Plan in Downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — The Health Plan is outgrowing its new headquarters already — even before construction of the downtown Wheeling building is finished. On Monday, workers placed the final steel beam atop the frame of the four-story structure, located in the 1100 block of Main and Market ...

Residents Rally To Support Former Elkins Police Chief

ELKINS, W.Va. — About two dozen community members gathered at Elkins City Hall Monday afternoon for a rally supporting former Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross and law enforcement as a whole. Cross resigned from the department on Feb. 6, just two days before a memo he wrote surfaced that ...

Four Children Die of Flu Related Illness

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four Ohio children have died of flu-related illnesses in the past two weeks as the number of cases statewide appears to be peaking, health officials said Monday. Two of the deaths were from Columbiana County in eastern Ohio, including a 6-year-old boy from Salem and a ...

FILE- In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump has yet to comment on the allegations that Flynn engaged in conversations with a Russian diplomat about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. A top aide dispatched to represent the administration on the Sunday, Feb. 12, news shows skirted questions, saying it was not his place to weigh in on the “sensitive matter.”  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump ‘Evaluating’ Situation with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is “evaluating the situation” regarding his embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., the White House said Monday, deepening the uncertainty surrounding Flynn’s future in the new ...

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Contractors working on The Health Plan’s new headquarters under construction in downtown Wheeling place the final beam of the structure’s steel frame this morning.

New Health Plan Office Framing the Future of Downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — The landscape of downtown Wheeling has a new addition, as the steel frame of The Health Plan’s future headquarters reached its final height today. Company officials watched as the last beam was put into place by ironworkers, who also placed a U.S. flag, West Virginia state flag ...

In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a northern long-eared bat, is held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, in Cleveland. Ohio opponents of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline expected to be built across the northern half of the state are clinging to the wings of a furry flyer, the northern long-eared bat, in their efforts to at least delay the $2 billion project. The existence of the threatened species remains one of the impediments the partnership between Houston-based Spectra Energy and Detroit’s DTE Energy face before receiving expected approval to build the 255-mile long NEXUS pipeline capable of transporting 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the shale fields of Appalachia into Michigan and Ontario, Canada.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Northern Long-Eared Bat Could Slow Ohio Natural Gas Pipeline Project

CLEVELAND (AP) — Opponents of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline expected to be built across the northern half of Ohio are clinging to the wings of a furry flier, the northern long-eared bat, in their efforts to at least delay the $2 billion project. The existence of the threatened ...

President Donald Trump speaks as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens as they both made statements about North Korea at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House Steers Clear Of Flynn Issue

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A top White House aide sidestepped repeated chances Sunday to publicly defend embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he engaged in conversations with a Russian diplomat about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The move, ...

W.Va. Educators: Teacher Pay Raise Step in Right Direction

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed 2-percent raise for classroom teachers may help keep West Virginia’s current teachers in the state, but some educators say it may not be enough to make the state competitive in recruiting. “It’s a place to start,” said Kim ...

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The coal-fired American Electric Power Mitchell Plant can generate 1,600 megawatts, which is enough to illuminate up to 1.6 million homes. However, the U.S. lost enough coal-fired power for as many as 47 million homes from 2011 to 2016.

EIA: U.S. Lost Enough Coal Power for 47 Million Homes

WHEELING —Amid both stringent environmental regulations and low natural gas prices, the U.S. lost enough coal-fired electricity to power 47 million homes from 2011 to 2016, but new projections show the mineral will soon regain some of its share of the generation mix. Also, Energy ...

Group Plans Rally to Make Wheeling a Sanctuary City

WHEELING — Could Wheeling be going the way of Los Angeles? One local group hopes so. Although city leaders say they have no interest in doing so, a rally is planned at the City-County Building on Friday to urge them to turn Wheeling into a sanctuary city. The Eclosion Collective, an Ohio ...

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House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha said Republicans continue to search for government waste to cut in order to balance the FY2018 budget that faces a $500 million deficit.

Armstead: Vehicles Program Shows Waste

House Speaker Tim Armstead said missing vehicles that West Virginia registers and insures, but doesn’t know who’s driving them or where they are, is a perfect example of the waste that needs to be eliminated from the state’s government before it increases taxes to ease next year’s ...

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Bishop Donahue High School conducts class on a winter day, while an uncertain future awaits the students and faculty for the next school year.

Diocese Considering Future Use Of Bishop Donahue Building

McMECHEN — Officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston say they do not plan to let Bishop Donahue High School sit empty after it closes at the end of the academic year. Diocesan spokesman Tim Bishop said the diocese hopes to keep utilizing the structure for ...