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Ziegenfelder CEO Addresses West Liberty University Graduates

WEST LIBERTY — Lisa Allen, president and CEO of the Ziegenfelder Company, addressed graduates of West Liberty University on Saturday. She offered selective bits of wisdom, all of which were inspired by the students. Her speech aired at the school’s 181st commencement ceremony. Three ...

PTT Ensuring Possible Belmont County Cracker Will Be on Solid Footing

DILLES BOTTOM — To ensure the ground can support a $10 billion ethane cracker, officials are testing the soil at the former R.E. Burger plant along the Ohio River in Belmont County. Nearly two years ago, the 854-foot-tall smoke stack at the site fell to the ground after an organized ...

Ma’Lik Richmond Taken Off Sex Offender Registry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered that an ex-Ohio high school football player convicted of rape be removed from the state’s sex offender registry for juveniles. The ruling by Judge Thomas Lipps came in the case of Ma’Lik Richmond, a former Steubenville High School football ...

Ohio Officials Say Bridgeport’s Books Are Unauditable

BRIDGEPORT — A recent report from the Ohio State Auditor’s office has deemed some of Bridgeport financial records as “unauditable.” The report from the office of Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State, came May 2 to village officials. The letter arrived after an audit for the period between ...

Trump Drug Cost Plan Doesn’t Include Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s long-promised plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder.” Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America’s ...

Wheeling Officials Hope to Get Dog Park Open Next Month

WHEELING —Poodles, beagles and bulldogs will have to wait another month to run free again at the East Wheeling dog park because city leaders said protecting dogs’ paws from shards of glass is paramount. Thursday, city leaders announced another donation from the Fitzsimmons Family ...

Trump Vs. Big Pharma — President Promises To Cut Drug Costs

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his long-awaited plan for reducing drug prices after more than a year of bold promises to tackle pharmacy costs that are squeezing millions of Americans. But the strategy to be outlined in a speech ...

Growing Chatter, Debate Over Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize Prospects

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Barack Obama won it. So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump’s supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that’s being met by smirks ...

Lawmaker Says Governor Made Illegal Betting Deal

From Staff Reports CHARLESTON — An Ohio County lawmaker has said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held an illegal meeting with state lottery representatives, sports leagues and casino owners about fees associated with a proposed sports wagering law. “It’s absolutely absurd,” said ...

Despite Profit, AEP Seeks Rate Hike

WHEELING — American Electric Power earned $454 million during the first three months of this year, but the firm now wants to raise bills for West Virginia residential customers by nearly $15 per month. The Mountain State operating subsidiaries of Columbus, Ohio-based AEP — Appalachian ...

Lack of Carnival Ride Vendor Leads Shadyside to Cancel Firemen’s Fest

SHADYSIDE — A longtime tradition in the village is being put on hold until next year because of issues securing a carnival ride vendor. Ohio River and Western Fire District Fire Chief Dave Lenz said Thursday the Shadyside Firemen’s Festival will not be held this July because of issues ...

Deal made on sports wager ‘integrity fee’ in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Gov. Jim Justice says state casinos will be responsible for paying sports betting "integrity fees" if a new law comes to fruition. Justice says in a news release that representatives of the state lottery, professional sports leagues and casinos ...

Fitzsimmons Family Provides More Funds to Repair Dog Park

WHEELING -- Poodles, beagles and bulldogs will have to wait another month to again run free at the East Wheeling dog park, but city leaders said protecting dogs' paws from shards of glass is paramount. This morning, city leaders announced another donation from the Fitzsimmons Family ...

Out-Of-Town Developers Push Two-Way Traffic

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WHEELING -- Longtime city residents on Wednesday voiced strong concerns with two-way traffic on Main and Market streets in downtown Wheeling, but it became clear that out-of-town developers of multi-million-dollar residential projects are promoting the plan. ...

John Marshall High School Students Prepare For Jobs of Tomorrow

GLEN DALE — A fabrication lab that is designed to expand students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and math and is the only one of its kind in West Virginia was unveiled Wednesday at John Marshall High School. The lab will better prepare John Marshall students for careers in ...

Many Ohio Valley Voters Stayed Home During Tuesday’s Primary

WHEELING — About one in four registered voters across West Virginia cast ballots for Tuesday’s primary election, while one in five did so in Ohio. The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office is reporting statewide turnout for the gubernatorial primary election was at 20.9 percent. In West ...

Three GOP State Sens. Lost Primaries Tuesday in West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — Three incumbent Republican state senators in West Virginia lost in primary contests on Tuesday, including one whose challenger was backed by the union for teachers who recently staged a successful walkout over pay. On Tuesday, Delegate Bill Hamilton defeated Sen. Robert ...

Belmont County Commissioners Hear Opinions on Proposed License Plate Fee Hike

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County officials are trying to get the maximum amount the state will allow it to collect from license plate fees while it still can. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners held Wednesday the first of two public hearings on the subject of increasing license plate ...

Ohio County School Bond Passes With Flying Colors

WHEELING — Ohio County voters indicated Tuesday they want upgraded school facilities, and they’re willing to pay $42.2 million for them. A bond issue to improve all school properties within Ohio County Schools passed by a vote of 4,888 to 3,154. Voters will now pay $42.2 million over the ...