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Trump Calls for Unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump called for a “new American moment” of unity Tuesday night and challenged lawmakers to make good on long-standing promises to fix a dangerously fractured immigration system, warning of evil outside forces seeking ...

W.Va. Senate Votes to Make Technical Colleges Free

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians could attend community and technical college for free under legislation passed unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate. Senators who acknowledged they were initially skeptical about the idea of another free handout said they were swayed by conditions that ...

Opening Testimony in First Day of Kinney Murder Trial

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The murder trial of David Carl Kinney saw its first day of testimony Tuesday, and it falls to the jury to determine if the fatal shooting of Brad McGarry, 43, at his Bellaire residence, was an act of self-defense or murder. The answer hinges on what occurred during a span ...

Settlement Talks in Massive Federal Opioid Suit Begin Today in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) - The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction. How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland. The judge is bringing ...

Former Deputy Facing Domestic Charge

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Robert Roberts, 45, of Lansing, has turned himself in and faces charges of domestic violence and cruelty to animals. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas reported that his office received a video last week that allegedly shows Roberts assaulting a woman and a dog in Lansing. ...

Hankish Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor WHEELING -- A Wheeling man found with drugs and weapons in his Elm Grove home in April pleaded guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court today. Peter "Pete" Kahil Hankish II, 43, was indicted on one count of unlawful possession of a ...

Sen. Ryan Ferns of Ohio County Introduces Sports Betting Bill

WHEELING — A bill to permit legalized sports betting at West Virginia casinos was introduced Monday in the State Senate, but even if passed, the measure would still be subject to federal action. Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, introduced Senate Bill 415 on Monday, and Delegate ...

Trump Set to Deliver State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — A by-the-numbers look at President Donald Trump’s first year in office reveals areas of both progress and peril. The stock market is soaring, smashing record after record. The unemployment rate has ticked downward. Some categories of violent crime are down, too. But ...

Jury Selected for Bellaire Murder Trial of David Carl Kinney

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After Monday jury selection, the murder trial of David Carl Kinney begins today with opening statements by the prosecution and defense, as well as testimony from the witness stand. Kinney, 31, of Brilliant, is accused of shooting Brad McGarry, 43, to death at ...

Social Media Threats Investigated at Valley High School

PINE GROVE — A situation involving alleged social media threats against Valley High School last week led to a law enforcement investigation on Monday. Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught and Wetzel County Schools Superintendent Ed Toman said threats involving Valley High School were ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail To File For Bankruptcy

WHEELING — The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that The Ogden Newspapers Inc. has emerged as the high bidder for the company. The Gazette-Mail plans to file for bankruptcy today, officials with the newspaper said. “We’re ...

Trump to Visit The Greenbrier This Week

By JESS MANCINI For The Intelligencer PARKERSBURG — Republicans are gearing up for a visit from the White House during the annual GOP congressional retreat this week at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. The three-day meeting of House and Senate Republicans will focus on ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail to File for Bankruptcy

WHEELING -- The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that The Ogden Newspapers Inc. has emerged as the high bidder for the company. The Gazette-Mail plans to file for bankruptcy today, officials with the newspaper said. “We’re ...

Social Media Threats Against Valley High School Probed

By LAUREN MATTHEWS For the News-Register PINE GROVE — A situation involving alleged social media threats against Valley High School last week has led to a law enforcement investigation. Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught and Wetzel County Schools Superintendent Ed Toman ...

West Virginia Sets Job Fair for Highway Projects

CHARLESTON — West Virginians can start looking for both orange barrels and jobs in February, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Tom Smith, secretary of WVDOT and commissioner of the Division of Highways, said the first wave of highway work from the “West Virginia ...

Wheeling Suspension Bridge Work Is Unlikely Before 2019

WHEELING — As it is more than 160 years old, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge often requires care that more recent spans do not, while the West Virginia Division of Culture and History must agree to any major renovation of the National Historic Landmark. Meanwhile, West Virginia Division of ...

Health Care Is Hot Issue In Midterm Elections

DENVER (AP) — Republicans on the campaign trail this year will be eager to tout the potential benefits of their tax cut plan. Voters like Jeanine Limone Draut, a freelance technical writer in Denver, have something else in mind: health care. Failed efforts by congressional Republicans ...

‘Jealous’ Shooter Kills 4 at Car Wash Southeast of Pittsburgh

MELCROFT, Pa. (AP) — A shooter driven by jealousy opened fire and killed four people at a car wash early Sunday morning in Pennsylvania, while a woman hiding in the back of a pickup truck suffered only minor injuries, according to state police and family of the victims. Police said Timothy ...