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Top Republican claims enough votes for Senate OK of tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans steamed toward passage of a $1.4 trillion tax bill Friday, overcoming eleventh-hour hitches in their drive to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump by Christmas. "We have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

The Health Plan Could Be Open by January in Downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — By the end of January, about 400 new workers will be downtown each day, as The Health Plan is nearing completion of its new headquarters that officials hope will spark a renaissance of the central business district. The building’s contractor is putting the finishing touches on ...

Shots Fired in South Wheeling

The Wheeling Police Department responded to a call of several shots fired in the 3100 block of Jacob Street in South Wheeling early Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., a neighbor called police to report sounds of gunfire. According to Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl, a ...

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Enters U.S. Senate Race

WHEELING — Just six months ago, he was released from federal prison. On Wednesday, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship officially joined the 2018 race for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. Blankenship has filed the necessary paperwork to become a candidate in the Republican primary, ...

Fire at Marshall County EQT Well Under Investigation

CAMERON — EQT Corp. officials will work to determine the cause of a Wednesday blaze at the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling pad near the Williams Energy Fort Beeler plant, just north of Cameron. Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart called the fire the first ...

Haley: U.S. Doesn’t Want War With Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile — which some observers believe could reach the Eastern U.S. — “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. isn’t seeking. Nikki Haley, ...

No Injuries Reported After Shots Fired in South Wheeling

Shots Fired in South Wheeling By JESSICA BROVERMAN Staff Writer The Wheeling Police Department responded to a call of several shots fired in the 3100 block of Jacob Street in South Wheeling early Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., a neighbor called police to report sounds of ...

Crews Respond to Well Pad Fire Near Cameron

CAMERON — Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said officials are working to contain a fire at an EQT Corp. natural gas drilling pad near Cameron. Hart said the fire began around 11 a.m. today. He said there were no injuries or explosions, but an ongoing fire near the ...

Proposed Brooke County Power Plant Awaits Permits

COLLIERS — West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher recently said the proposed Brooke County Power natural gas-fired electricity plant could be one of the initial projects funded by the $83.7 billion that China Energy plans to spend in the Mountain State. Efforts to develop the ...

NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired longtime "Today" show host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior," making him the second morning television show personality to lose his job because of sexual misconduct charges in a week. Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement ...

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Offering Naloxone Training to Churches

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering to train representatives of Episcopal parishes and facilities in Ohio County to administer naloxone. Howard Gamble, administrator of the department, made the offer in light of the Episcopal bishop’s suggestion that ...

Sen. Joe Manchin, Others Stump for Tax Reform

WHEELING — Moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate spoke out Tuesday in favor of tax reform, and said they are willing to work with Republicans to achieve needed changes. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., led a group of at least 14 Democrat senators and one Independent standing together for a press ...

EPA Gathers Comments in Coal Country About Climate Plan Repeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The coal industry and environmentalists squared off Tuesday at a public hearing over the Trump administration’s planned repeal of an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency was holding the only scheduled hearing on ...

Tax Bill Advances, Vote Uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate committee advanced a sweeping tax package to the full Senate on Tuesday, handing Republican leaders a victory as they try to pass the nation’s first tax overhaul in 31 years. The Senate Budget Committee voted 12-11 to advance the bill as two committee ...

Brooke County Schools Will Be Consolidated Next Year

FOLLANSBEE — At seven hearings held over the past several weeks, the Brooke County Board of Education heard opposition to plans to merge the county’s seven primary schools into four. But citing financial data provided by its staff, the board on Monday unanimously approved the ...

Wheeling Footbridge Will Close To Pedestrians Beginning Dec. 1

WHEELING — It’s been decades since trolley cars ambled across the once-wider and stronger Pleasanton/Lennox foot bridge that connects Locust Avenue to Currie Drive at the entrance to Wheeling Jesuit University. Now, not even 5 feet wide, the footbridge is crumbling as weather and age have ...

Another Plea In Bellaire Fatal Shooting Case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The second of four co-defendants in an alleged home invasion resulting in the fatal shooting of one reported participant and the wounding of another entered a guilty plea Monday. James McMasters, 46, of Bellaire appeared before Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday ...

Group Seeks to Build Ice Rinks in the Ohio County

WHEELING — A group promoting hockey has plans to bring more ice rinks to West Virginia, and this could involve establishing a relationship with the Ohio County Development Authority to build one in conjunction with a proposed sports complex at The Highlands. Ohio County Commissioner Randy ...