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By JOSELYN KING
Staff Writer

West Virginia Leaders Pass $4.2 Billion Budget

WHEELING — West Virginia Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall described a budget bill passed by the Legislature late Friday as “not a beautiful thing” — but what was needed to avoid a state government shutdown after June 30. After more than a month in special session, the House ...

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, and Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott attend a roundtable discussion at The Health Plan building in downtown that focused on the future for development in the city.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Views Progress in Northern Panhandle

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin asked officials with The Health Plan Friday just why they chose to move 460 employees and their offices from St. Clairsville to Wheeling. Manchin made visits throughout Wheeling on Friday — starting with an appearance at West Virginia Rhododendron Girls ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: $36B Investment Possible with Ethane Hub

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin represents West Virginia, but he’ll gladly share $36 billion worth of potential capital investment with Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky — which could become reality if any of these states can land an ethane storage hub. While meeting with numerous Upper ...

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Vincent de Paul Schmidt Leaving Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston soon will begin the search for a new superintendent of schools, as Vincent de Paul Schmidt has announced he is leaving to oversee Catholic education for the Diocese of Toledo. Schmidt, who came to Wheeling about six years ago to ...

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Angela Hawkins, the mother of 15-year-old Kyle Morgan, who was found dead beneath the Fort Henry Bridge last year, speaks with Wheeling police Sgt. Gregg McKenzie, left, and Detective Rob Safreed about the case Friday outside the City-County Building.

Mother of Deceased Moundsville Teen Seeks Justice During Wheeling Rally

WHEELING — A grieving mother traveled from her Kentucky home to Wheeling on Friday in search of justice for her son. One year ago Friday, Kyle Morgan, a 15-year-old John Marshall High School student, was found dead beneath the Fort Henry Bridge in Wheeling. According to the Wheeling Police ...

Cost for Wheeling Island Stadium Repairs Less Than Anticipated

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools officials seemed to have reason to smile Friday while accepting Colaianni Construction’s bid of $407,000 to repair Wheeling Island Stadium because previous estimates for the work ran as high as $1 million. Superintendent Kim Miller said contractors working ...

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West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, looks on during the special session of the Legislature in Charleston this week.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Brings Back Income Tax Cut in Budget Battle

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice asked state lawmakers Thursday to take “one more try” at tax reform, and presented them with another plan to reduce personal income tax rates while generating additional revenue for the state. The Senate went on to pass Justice’s revenue bill, ...

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Moundsville City Councilman David Haynes, left, and Vice Mayor David Wood listen to discussion during a meeting earlier this week.

Moundsville RV Park Plan Progressing

MOUNDSVILLE — After a controversial decision to move forward with a park for recreational vehicles near the city’s Riverfront Park, the Moundsville Policy Committee this week took steps to determine the details of how the park would be realized. Among the issues was the matter of who would ...

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Vincent Schmidt Leaving Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston soon will begin the search for a new superintendent of schools, as Vincent de Paul Schmidt has announced he is leaving to oversee Catholic education for the Diocese of Toledo. Schmidt, who came to Wheeling about six years ago to oversee Catholic ...

Bellaire Leaders Still Considering Cuts to Balance Budget

BELLAIRE — In an effort to find savings in the cash-strapped village, Bellaire leaders could decide to dissolve their police force in hopes the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department can lead the way. Mayor Vincent DiFabrizio and Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas have said the village could ...

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Betty Rea, 90, of Follansbee, addresses West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State this week. She has served on the staff for Girls State since 1963.

Follansbee Native Rea Marks 55 Years At West Virginia Girls State in Wheeling

WHEELING — Follansbee native Betty Rea has seen 55 years of West Virginia’s best and brightest young women learning about government, elections and democracy at West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State, and she is confident today’s girls will be more able to lead the world than their ...

Agencies Slow Methane Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is seeking a two-year delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them ...

Bellaire Murder Suspect Appears In Court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man accused of a fatal shooting in Bellaire and another man accused of raping two girls over a 20-year period both pleaded innocent to the charges against them on Thursday. David Carl Kinney, 30, of Brilliant, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to charges of murder and ...

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West Virginia Delegate Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, delivers a speech on the House floor Wednesday.

West Virginia House of Delegates Passes Its Own Budget Bill

WHEELING — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed its version of a state budget Wednesday, striking provisions of a bill approved by the Senate one day earlier that made major cuts to higher education and Medicaid. House members described their budget bill as similar to one already ...

Leaders Frustrated By Heath Care Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s labeling of a House-passed health care bill as “mean” is aggravating some of the conservatives he pressed to back it, even as Senate attempts to reshape the measure increasingly threaten to spill into July. “In terms of strategery, I hope ...

A FBI Evidence Response Team marks evidence on the ball field which is the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Attacker with Rifle Wounds GOP Leader

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game Wednesday, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police as congressmen and others dove for cover. The ...

Anniversary Marked of Deadly Shadyside Flood

SHADYSIDE — As most residents of the Ohio Valley enjoyed the summer weather Wednesday, one community recalled a deadly disaster that occurred nearly 30 years ago. On June 14, 1990, heavy rain pounded the Ohio Valley. It is estimated that close to 3 or 4 inches fell in less than an hour, ...

FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Top GOP lawmaker wounded; gunfire at baseball practice

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot and wounded by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also wounded, and at ...