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Buckeye Local Eliminating 13 Teaching Positions

DILLONVALE — The Buckeye Local School District will work with 13 fewer teachers during the 2018-19 school year, Superintendent Kim Leonard confirmed Monday. Leonard said the decision didn’t come lightly, but after a levy failed to pass in November, she and other officials knew cuts would ...

Congress Wraps Up Talks On Budget Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battles over priorities in a $1.3 trillion, government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, leaving a scaled-back plan for President Donald Trump’s border wall and a huge rail project that pits Trump against Capitol Hill’s most powerful Democrat as the top issues ...

Coal Barges Stuck Near Pike Island Locks and Dam North of Wheeling

MARTINS FERRY — Four loaded Murray Energy Corp. coal barges are stuck in the Ohio River, just south of the the Pike Island Locks and Dam. “Murray American Transportation Inc. confirms that four standard loaded coal barges ran aground in a shallow area of the Ohio River, early (Monday) ...

New Group’s Focus Is Fraud in West Virginia Government

WHEELING — A new Public Integrity/Special Investigations Unit focusing on fraud and corruption within West Virginia government will meet for the first time today in Charleston. Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, formed the unit with the intent of bringing ...

Four Loaded Coal Barges Stuck In River

MARTINS FERRY -- Four loaded Murray Energy Corp. coal barges are stuck in the Ohio River, just south of the the Pike Island Locks and Dam. "Murray American Transportation Inc. confirms that four standard loaded coal barges ran aground in a shallow area of the Ohio River, early this morning, ...

‘Praying Pelicans’ Aid Marshall County Flood Victims

MOUNDSVILLE — For the third day this week, missionaries from across the country have been assisting in Marshall County, helping out at a local community kitchen after spending long days helping those still recovering from last summer’s floods. Praying Pelican Missions brought several teams ...

President Trump Lashes Out At Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday took out his frustrations over the intensifying Russia investigation by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he believes is biased against him. In a ...

Man Shot On Bishop Street In Woodsdale

WHEELING — Police are investigating a report of multiple gunshots on Bishop Street where a man sustained an injury caused by gunfire. The Wheeling Police Department was called to Bishop Street just before 11 p.m. Sunday after neighbors heard about six gunshots outside their home in the ...

Trump Not Thinking Of Firing Mueller

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is not considering firing the special counsel investigating Russian election interference, a top White House lawyer said, after a cascade of Trump tweets revived chatter that the deeply frustrated president may be ...

Long Journey for Transplant Patient

MARTINS FERRY — She looks like the picture of health and no one would realize she is a heart transplant survivor. Donna Anthony of Shadyside is enjoying her time in the cardiac rehabilitation class at East Ohio Regional Hospital and has come a long way from a nearly year-long stay at the ...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Under Fire for Data Harvesting

LONDON — (AP) Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after reports surfaced that another company, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users. A British lawmaker accused Facebook on Sunday ...

Trump Opioid Plan Includes Death Penalty for Traffickers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday. It’s a fate for drug dealers that Trump, ...

Wheeling Park High School Speech Team Wins 39th Title

WHEELING — Disco balls were in vogue the last time the Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate team did not claim the title of the best in West Virginia. The Patriots won their 39th consecutive state championship on Saturday, continuing a run of victories that started in 1979. This ...

Fatal Overdoses Continue to Rise in Northern Panhandle

WHEELING — Fatal drug overdoses rose significantly in three Northern Panhandle counties last year, and those numbers could go higher when final figures for 2017 are compiled. State health officials said total numbers for 2017 overdose deaths won’t be available until the second quarter of ...

Morrisey’s Poll Shows Him Leading for Senate

WHEELING — A poll released Wednesday by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s campaign has him leading in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., this year. The survey conducted by Osage Research — a division of the ColdSpark Media ...

Trump’s Tariffs Causing Strife as Opponents Scramble to Block Measures

By LISA MASCARO and JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering broad tariffs on imports from China and an announcement could come as soon as next week. Industry groups and some lawmakers are scrambling to prevent a new front in a potential trade ...

Talks on $1.3 Trillion U.S. Spending Budget Hit Critical Point

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump ...

McCabe Retained Personal Memos On Trump

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos describing interactions with the president that are similar to the notes compiled by ...

Ohio County Schools Set Two Calendar Meetings

WHEELING — Officials with Ohio County Schools are considering a move to start school an hour later on Fridays next year, so now is the time for residents to voice their opinions regarding the 2018-19 school calendar. While an online survey seeking public comment has been completed and its ...

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall. Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says ...