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West Virginia, Ohio Senators Toe Party Lines on Health Care Vote

WHEELING — Senators representing West Virginia and Ohio voted along party lines on the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act early Friday, while they now look to the future after the measure failed by a tally of 49-51. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Shelley Moore Capito, ...

Doctors Would Report Diagnosis Under New Deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio doctors would report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller under a tentative agreement reached Friday with the Kasich administration. The 11th-hour compromise between the Republican governor’s office, the state Medical ...

Priebus Out, Kelly In as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — His White House in turmoil, President Donald Trump abruptly announced late Friday he was appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his chief of staff, ending the tumultuous six-month tenure of Reince Priebus. After months of speculation about Priebus’ fate, ...

After Health Bill Crashes, The Blame Game Ensues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won’t go away. In an astonishing cliff-hanger, the ...

Search For Missing Teenager Continues in Ohio County

WHEELING — While Wheeling firefighters and law enforcement officers concentrated their search efforts on the Ohio River on Thursday, the family of missing flood victim Page Gellner has maintained a constant lookout on Big Wheeling Creek. Friends, relatives and volunteers from as far away as ...

Ohio Valley Unemployment Rates Down From Last Year

WHEELING — Even as jobless rates are lower in all 10 Upper Ohio Valley counties compared to this time last year, Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said officials need to keep their “feet on the gas” to attract more and better career opportunities for residents. Elliott and Vice Mayor Chad ...

Ohio Valley Families Had Ridden ‘Fire Ball’ at Ohio State Fair

MARTINS FERRY — Just hours before the ride fell apart, killing one person and injuring seven others, the “Fire Ball” at the Ohio State Fair was the go-to carnival amusement for the Best family of Rayland. On Wednesday, Brian and Erin Best and their three children were at the fair ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: Dems Ready to Step in on Health Care

WHEELING — The current debacle in Washington surrounding health care reform is what results when congressional leadership circumvents the typical committee process for crafting legislation, according to Sen. Joe Manchin. And he says Democrats and moderate Republicans are ready to step in ...

Thrill Ride was OK’d Hours Before Deadly Accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Inspectors repeatedly looked over a thrill ride while it was assembled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours before it flew apart in a deadly accident that flung passengers into the ground, according to authorities and records released ...

Battle Over Health Care Bill Rages On in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans threatening to hold up Senate health legislation because of a dispute with the House expressed dissatisfaction late Thursday with an effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to resolve the standoff. Their statements delivered a blow to GOP leaders’ hopes for pushing an ...

Local U.S. Senators Vote, Toe Party Lines

From Staff Reports WHEELING — Senators representing West Virginia and Ohio voted along party lines on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare early this morning, while they now look to the future after the measure failed by a tally of 49-51. Now Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Shelley ...

McMechen Physician Roland Chalifoux Facing Federal Charges

WHEELING — A federal grand jury in Wheeling has indicted Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux Jr., who operates Valley Pain Management clinic in McMechen, on numerous charges of fraud. Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen said Chalifoux, 57, of St. Clairsville, is charged with 11 counts of health ...

Wheeling Hosting First Ohio Valley Pride Festival on Saturday

WHEELING — While working at the bar known as the O-Zone on Main Street several years ago, Jack Carbasho never thought Wheeling leaders would pass anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. About seven months after city council members voted 7-0 to ...

Candlelight Vigil Held For Missing Teenager in Ohio County

WHEELING — Not long after Page Gellner began coming to semi-professional boxer Kamron Chervenak for lessons, the Bethesda fighter found herself being inspired by her younger protege on days when she lacked motivation to go to the gym. During a candlelight vigil in front of The Windmill in ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Announces Campaign for 2018

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking constituents what affects their families the most as he gears up for a 2018 re-election bid. Manchin, D-W.Va, e-mailed a letter to supporters this week, officially informing them he will be a candidate in 2018. He then asked them to participate in a ...

Ohio County Deputy Critical After ‘Incident’

WHEELING — Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard released a statement this morning regarding an incident involving an Ohio County Sheriff’s Office deputy that occurred Wednesday evening in a residence in the Mozart area. “On July 26, a tragic event involving an Ohio County deputy occurred in ...

Rover Pipeline Work Shut Down in West Virginia

From Staff, Wire Dispatches MORGANTOWN — West Virginia environmental authorities have ordered a halt to Rover Pipeline construction in places where it found permit violations damaging streams in Doddridge County. After inspectors in April, May, June and July found erosion-control failures ...

Wheeling Leaders Hope to Reduce Future Flood Risk

WHEELING — City Manager Robert Herron said an Edgwood resident’s rain gauge measured three inches in 36 minutes during the flash flood that swept through the community late Sunday, so he is not sure how Wheeling could ever have prepared to deal with such a deluge. Still, Mayor Glenn ...

Trump Says Lost Jobs ‘All Coming Back’ to Ohio During Youngstown Stop

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — On the drive to the Covelli Centre through Trumbull and Mahoning counties’ “beautiful roads,” and past its shuttered factories from the Vienna Air Base, first lady Melania Trump asked her husband, “What happened here?” “I said, ‘Those jobs have left ...

Marshall County Physician Indicted on Health Care Fraud Charges

WHEELING - A physician with a pain management clinic in McMechen has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling, Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen announced. Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux, 57, of St. Clairsville is charged with 11 counts of health care fraud for travel dates, seven ...