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Audit: West Virginia Tax Division Enforcement Lax

CHARLESTON — A legislative audit found that a division of the State Tax Department has not used its authority to suspend or revoke thousands of business certificates for noncompliance or for businesses that are no longer operational. The Post Audit Subcommittee heard a report Tuesday on the ...

Mayor: New History Museum in the Works in Wheeling

WHEELING — A plan to start a Wheeling history museum will soon be in the works, Mayor Glenn Elliott said. Historian Travis Henline will serve as museum project manager starting Jan. 14 in a new position co-funded by the City of Wheeling, the Ohio County Commission, Wheeling Heritage and the ...

White House Official: Income Tax Refunds Will Be Paid on Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government shutdown in its third week and concern mounting over a possible delay in tax refunds, a Trump administration official said Monday that taxpayers who are owed money will be paid on time. Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office, ...

Trump to Take Case for Border Wall to Prime-Time Audience Tonight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will argue to the nation tonight night that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers fearing missed ...

West Virginia Lawmakers Hear About Reforms at State Supreme Court

CHARLESTON — New Chief Justice Beth Walker told West Virginia lawmakers Monday that the problems discovered over the past year at the state’s highest court have been fixed, with more changes expected soon. All five justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal appeared before the ...

Report Recommends Privatization of State-Owned Hospitals

CHARLESTON — A new report said the state needs to consider a commission to look at partially or fully privatizing West Virginia’s seven state-run hospitals. The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia released a report Monday calling for the creation of a Hospital Facilities Authority to ...

Wheeling Man Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Grow Operation

WHEELING -- An apparent domestic dispute on Pierce Street early this morning led city police to uncover a marijuana grow operation at a nearby home. Police reported that at about 2 a.m. today, they were called to Pierce Street on a domestic call. While there, officers said they detected a ...

W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice Announces 2020 Re-Election Bid

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday he'll seek re-election in 2020. "The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there's work still to be done," Justice said in announcing his plans at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center. This ...

Secondary Roads Are a Primary Problem in Marshall County

MOUNDSVILLE — The West Virginia Legislature convenes Wednesday to begin its 60-day regular session, and Delegate Joe Canestraro plans to introduce three bills immediately that are aimed at improving deteriorating secondary roadways in the Northern Panhandle. “Our secondary roads — in my ...

Man, 70, Dies in Crash on Ohio 148 Near Alledonia

ARMSTRONG'S MILLS — An Alledonia man was declared dead at the scene of an accident Saturday in Washington Township. According to information from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 6:55 p.m., Russel D. Lucas, 70, traveled off the road while driving west on Ohio 148. His vehicle struck ...

Opioid Makers Targeting Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine

CLEVELAND (AP) — Several drug manufacturers targeted in lawsuits over the opioid epidemic have asked a federal judge in Cleveland to sanction the man who is Ohio’s attorney general and governor-elect, along with two other lawyers, for statements they made in recent television ...

Trump Not Ready To Bend on Border Wall Demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stood by his demands for funding for a border wall Sunday as another round of shutdown talks failed to break an impasse, while newly empowered House Democrats planned to step up the pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers by passing legislation this ...

Donation Will Help Hundreds of Children in Need in Harrison County

CADIZ — Blessings in a Backpack, a group that prepares weekend snacks for 240 needy Harrison Hills City School District students each week, recently received an $11,957 donation from the American Legion in Cadiz. Jenny Gibson, coordinator of the program who also works in the school ...

Some Buckeye State Workers Getting a Raise as Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio’s minimum wage is increasing by 25 cents this month, from $8.30 to $8.55, leading to bigger paychecks for some workers and higher costs for their employers. According to a release from Policy Matters Ohio, a nonprofit think tank, the increase is intended to ensure ...

Former WJU President Currie Dies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A funeral Mass is planned Saturday for Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J., former Wheeling Jesuit University president, who died on Jan. 4 after a recent illness. He was 88. Currie served as president of WJU for 10 years beginning in 1972. Currie also serviced as president of ...

Tough as Nails Urban Challenge Completes Ogden Wellness Weekend in Wheeling

WHEELING — What began as a conversation between two Wheeling business leaders on how to promote fitness has blossomed into a new event set to take place this summer in downtown Wheeling: the Tough as Nails Urban Challenge. Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling ...