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Massive Drug Sweep Nets 100 Indictments in Columbiana County

EAST LIVERPOOL — As daylight broke Tuesday, before the fog had lifted from the Ohio River, they began gathering in the parking lot of the American Legion post in East Liverpool: Law enforcement officers ready to round up almost 100 suspects in a drug trafficking ring in the largest such ...

A voter fills out his ballot at a polling station at the University of Cincinnati, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Cincinnati. Ohio voters will decide ballot issues on Tuesday that would place limits on drug prices and expand victims' rights in criminal proceedings, along with several mayoral races. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio Voters Reject Drug Price Plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters rejected a proposal Tuesday that sought to curb prescription drug prices paid by the state for prisoners, injured workers and poor people while supporting a crime victims’ rights amendment with no organized opposition. The pharmaceutical industry spent an ...

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, and his wife, Pam, approach the vote tally machine as the vote in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Northam faces Republican Ed Gillespie in today's election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Democrats Sweep Governor’s Races

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters in Virginia and New Jersey gave Democratic gubernatorial candidates large victories Tuesday and sent a clear message of rebuke to Republican President Donald Trump. In Virginia’s hard-fought contest, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed ...

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Belmont County Election Results

100 percent of precincts reporting Martins Ferry Council -- At Large (Elect three) Thomas Burns -- 471 Benjamin Neiman -- 390 Jack Regis -- 557 Jim Schramm -- 560 St. Clairsville Council - President Timothy Porter -- 728 James C. Weisgerber -- 591 St. Clairsville Council -- 1st ...

Jefferson County Election Results

Jefferson County - 71 of 71 precincts reporting Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla (R) - 2,591 Frankie DiCarlantonio III (D) - 1,092 Royal Mayo (I) - 425 Steubenville Council -- 2nd Ward Michael R. Johnson (R) - 319 Craig A. Petrella (D) - 327 Steuvenville Council -- 6th Ward Samuel B. ...

Monroe County Election Results

Monroe County - 100 percent of precincts reporting Adams Township Trustee (Elect 2) Tim Dierkes - 90 Devon Knowlton - 105 Thomas Rouse - 44 Benton Township Trustee (Elect 2) Dale Dietrich - 63 Bruce R. Haught - 75 Paul Michael Henthorn - 24 Jimmy Johnson - 40 Thomas Edward Morris ...

Harrison County Election Results

Harrison County - 100 percent of precincts reporting Freeport Township Trustee (Elect two) Jay T. Bardall - 71 Randy Cunningham - 163 Jimmy Hershman - 150 German Township Trustee (Elect two) Dale Franklin Kellar - 109 D. Ray Marker - 105 Bryant Valdinger - 99 Green Township Trustee ...

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The Rev. Cynthia Byers Walter, rector of Lawrencefield Parish Church on Table Rock Lane in Wheeling, poses for a photo in her office. Lawrencefield is among Wheeling congregations where leaders plan to discuss the possibility of training members to administer the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone.

Episcopal Churches in Wheeling Could Carry Overdose Reversal Drug

WHEELING — Leaders of Episcopal parishes in Wheeling plan to discuss their bishop’s suggestion that churches keep naloxone on hand and have people trained to administer the opioid overdose-reversing drug. The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, ...

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Belmont County Murder Suspect Ruled Unfit To Stand Trial

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato on Monday ruled a Wheeling man incompetent to stand trial for murder due to his apparent lack of understanding of the court system. Fregiato’s ruling means the trial for Thomas Earl Grubba, 34, won’t take place for at ...

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Jack Newbrough of Weirton, a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia in 2018, addresses a meeting of the Ohio County Republican Party Executive Committee Monday at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.

U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Newbrough Talks Term Limits During Wheeling Stop

WHEELING — Announced U.S. Senate candidate Jack Newbrough promised to push for term limits for all politicians as he addressed Ohio County Republicans Monday night. Newbrough, of Weirton, spoke before about a dozen attendees during the meeting of the Ohio County Republican Party Executive ...

Ohio Opioid Crisis Stretches Foster Care

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s opioid crisis is stretching the state’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot requests Tuesday for more funding. Not only do more children require foster care, they ...

Meredith Cooper, of San Antonio, Texas, and her 8-year-old daughter, Heather, visit a memorial of 26 metal crosses near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Monday Nov. 6, 2017. The gunman of a deadly shooting at the small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, before the attack, authorities said Monday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Gunman Sent Hostile Text Messages

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, before the attack in which he fired at least 450 rounds at helpless worshippers, ...

In Partisan Tone, House Panel Starts on Tax Plan

By MARCY GORDON and ERICA WERNER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Buffeted by seething differences, members of a key House panel are digging into work on the sweeping GOP tax plan that President Donald Trump and Republicans are counting on to protect their majorities in elections a year ...

Voters Head To The Polls In Ohio

Ohio voters are heading to the polls today, and local elections boards expect an average voter turnout of about 30 percent. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. at all precincts in the Buckeye State. Voters should remember to bring proper identification. A list of acceptable ...

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Martin Wach, owner of a “tiny home” on Wheeling Island, aspires to utilize empty lots in the area to create urban gardens and affordable homes.

Wheeling Resident Sees Tiny Homes As Giant Opportunity

WHEELING — Millennials, the elderly and those in between may soon have the opportunity to own a small, affordable home on Wheeling Island. Martin Wach of Wheeling has contributed much of his time to the area through the creation of several urban gardens, one of which specifically for the ...

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Sandy Diosi, left. of Flushing and Laurel Nagle of Barnesville serve as poll workers for early voting at the Belmont County Board of Elections office in St. Clairsville.

East Ohio Gets Ready to Vote on Tuesday

MARTINS FERRY — Election Day in Ohio is Tuesday, and while county elections board employees are distributing voting equipment and ballots to precincts local poll workers already are receiving ballots from early voters. Early in-person voting began Oct. 11 and continues through Monday. On ...

Drug Costs Focus Of Issue 2 on Ohio Ballots

WHEELING — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera said he “feels bad for Ohio voters” as they seek concrete answers about Ohio’s confusing Issue 2 — a proposed statute on Tuesday’s general election ballot. Ohioans on Tuesday will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on Issue 2, which seeks to ...

Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Man Opens Fire Inside Texas Church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding at least 16 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the ...

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his speech to the U.S. military personnel upon his arrival at the U.S. Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. President Trump arrived in Japan Sunday on a five-nation trip to Asia, his second extended foreign trip since taking office and his first to Asia. The trip will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Philippines for summits of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Trump Makes Japanese Debut

TOKYO (AP) — After easing into his Asian debut with golf and a taste of home, President Donald Trump is trying to put a human face on North Korea’s menace, hearing from anguished families of Japanese citizens snatched by Pyongyang’s agents. Trump’s meeting Monday promises to elevate ...