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Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he stands by his February recommendation to declare American Legion Post 89 in East Wheeling a public nuisances, but said the alternatives city council is considering could be acceptable.

Vote on Fate of American Legion Post Expected Tuesday

WHEELING — Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger still believes Wheeling City Council should vote to close American Legion Post 89 because of the number of problems officers have seen in the area around the bar in recent years, but said he will accept council’s direction in the matter. “If ...

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School Superintendents To Discuss Future Without RESAs

WHEELING — Superintendents from five Northern Panhandle school districts will meet next week to determine their next course of action in providing the services they presently receive from Regional Education Service Agency 6. Legislation stripping about $3.5 million in state funding from the ...

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West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, reviews information during a Senate floor session April 6.

‘Second Chance’ Bill Passes in Reduced Form

WHEELING — West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld promises to bring back his “second chance bill” after a “watered down” version of the legislation passed in the closing moments of the legislative session this year. Senate Bill 76 was legislation intended to give felons convicted of nonviolent ...

Two Shooting Suspects Turn Selves In

STEUBENVILLE — Two men wanted by the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the shooting that killed one teenager and wounded two others Sunday turned themselves in to authorities on Tuesday. Juwan S. Williams, 21, of Steubenville, and Donnell I. “Rida” Turner, 23, of ...

President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump Says U.S.-Russia Relations at an ‘All-Time Low’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting ...

Manchin Sees Plenty of Red During Town Hall Meeting With Constituents

By MICHAEL ERB For The Intelligencer PARKERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., visited the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday, holding a town hall meeting at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Hundreds gathered for the 90-minute town hall forum, with more than a dozen people asking ...

Justice vetoes lawmakers’ budget, criticizes funding cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed the state budget approved last weekend by the Republican-controlled Legislature, criticizing the cuts and lawmakers. Justice, who on Saturday night announced he was near a deal with the Senate Republican ...

Residents Question Weirton’s New Drug Ordinance

WEIRTON — City council heard criticism from residents this week on Weirton’s new ordinance creating a criminal charge for those found to be under the influence of drugs while in public. The questions followed a letter sent to the city on April 6 by the West Virginia chapter of the ...

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The former Ormet plant is shown in an aerial photo from 2014.

New Power Plant Slated for Former Ormet Site in Monroe County

HANNIBAL — A new natural gas-fueled power plant is being developed at the former site of Ormet Aluminum Corp. in Monroe County. Ormet closed its facility in 2013 due to high electricity costs at the time and the inability of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to grant the rate relief ...

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps out of a plane upon arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Tillerson is due to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)

Rex Tillerson Visiting Moscow, Pushes on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Trump administration veered toward deeper conflict with Russia Tuesday as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow, gambling that an unpredictable new president armed with the willingness to threaten military action gives the U.S. much-needed leverage to end ...

W.Va. Lawmakers Back More Addiction Treatment

MORGANTOWN (AP) — With more than 30,000 West Virginians already in drug treatment, lawmakers struggling with the state’s addiction crisis have voted to spend $24 million from recent court settlements with opioid distributors to increase inpatient beds. The bill passed by the House and ...

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Ohio Valley Medical Center registration clerk Emily DelGuzzo works in the hospital’s front lobby Monday.

Certificate of Need Bill Signed by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

WHEELING — Alecto Healthcare Services officials believe the firm’s purchase of Ohio Valley Medical Center will be expedited by a new West Virginia law that creates a certificate of need exemption. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill Monday, press secretary Grant Herring said. The ...

West Virginia Budget Wouldn’t Take Effect Until a Week into Fiscal Year

WHEELING — If it isn’t vetoed, West Virginia’s state budget bill passed early Sunday wouldn’t go into effect until July 8 — leaving the state without financial direction for the first week of the upcoming fiscal year. Lawmakers already expect Gov. Jim Justice to veto the bill. But ...

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Three Local Students Named Bucklew Scholars at West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN — Three Northern Panhandle students are among this year’s class of Bucklew Scholars at West Virginia University. Wheeling Park High School’s Adam Craig and Mariam Demasi and Weir High School’s Georgia Beatty are among 20 high-achieving West Virginia students accepted to ...

Marijuana, Water Bills Approved by West Virginia Legislature

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have voted to raise water-pollution limits, legalize medical marijuana, end school standardized testing aligned with the Common Core curriculum and hold a voter referendum this year on issuing $1.6 billion in bonds to rebuild state highways and ...

FILE - In his photo April 4, 2017 file photo, provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows victims of a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. A senior U.S. official says the U.S. has concluded that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week.  (Edlib Media Center, via AP)

Official: Russia Knew About Syria Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. ...

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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, speaks during a session at the state Capitol in Charleston last week.

After Passing Budget Bill, A Showdown Looms in West Virginia Legislature

WHEELING — Early Sunday morning the West Virginia House of Delegates passed the state’s 2018 spending bill — setting the stage for a probable budgetary fight with Gov. Jim Justice and a special legislative session in the coming days. House Bill 2018 plants next year’s state spending ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Set to Sign Certificate of Need Bill

WHEELING — A bill that could help facilitate the sale of Ohio Valley Medical Center will be signed this morning by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Justice, who has sparred with Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, throughout the legislative session had kind words for Ferns when ...

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People enjoy a break at the Market Plaza in downtown Wheeling. A new report shows Wheeling is becoming a destination city for young adults, though there is more work ahead.

Report: Wheeling Retaining Young Adults

WHEELING — The city is already on its way in retaining young adults because of its recreational assets and proximity to Pittsburgh, but there’s more that can be done, Derrick McKee told Wheeling City Council last week. McKee is a co-chairman of Mayor Glenn Elliott’s Ad Hoc Committee on ...