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Tragedy Averted in Moundsville in Early Morning House Fire

MOUNDSVILLE — Tragedy was averted this morning by first responders as they evacuated a Moundsville family of nine whose home sustained damage when an abandoned structure next door caught fire. The fire at 1800 First St. in Moundsville was reported to authorities at 3:30 a.m. today. ...

Plea Deal Made in Brooke Hills Park Embezzlement

WELLSBURG — A Wellsburg man avoided prison time despite pleading guilty this week to embezzling $138,000 from Brooke Hills Park over a four-year period. Circuit Judge Ronald Wilson sentenced Jonathan Beall to five years of supervised probation, including two years of home confinement, and ...

No Cracker Announcement This Year

DILLES BOTTOM —Santa Claus and his team of reindeer will not deliver a $6 billion ethane cracker during their 2017 flight across the Upper Ohio Valley — and some Shadyside and Powhatan Point residents are starting to wonder if the proposed petrochemical complex will ever become ...

Federal Report Promotes Monroe County Storage Caverns

CLARINGTON —A new U.S. Department of Energy report identifies a plan to store 420 million barrels of ethane, propane and butane in underground salt caverns along the Ohio River as a key to developing the $36 billion Appalachian Storage Hub that experts say ultimately could create 100,000 ...

Congress Fails to Pass Deal for Children’s Health Care

WASHINGTON — Congress has again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for Christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling ...

Congress Passes Stopgap Bill to Avert Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill Thursday to avert a government shutdown, doing the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year. The measure passed the House on a ...

Trump Vows To Cut Off Aid Over Rebukes

WASHINGTON (AP) — After threatening to cut off nations that rebuked him over Jerusalem, President Donald Trump faces a key question about his global credibility: Will he follow through? Most of the world defied the United States on Thursday at the U.N., voting for a resolution that declares ...

Ethane Cracker Announcement Pushed Back Again

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer DILLES BOTTOM --A spokesman for Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical said today the proposed $6 billion ethane cracker may still materialize, but it will not be announced until at least 2018. "This is a big, big, complicated project," spokesman Dan ...

A New Day For Downtown as The Health Plan Opens Wheeling Headquarters

WHEELING — Several parking spaces at The Health Plan’s new Wheeling headquarters filled up Wednesday as about 60 employees worked their first day inside the estimated $16 million facility. “It was a pretty smooth transition as far as I could tell,” Wendy Hodorowski, the company’s ...

Rep. David McKinley: Tax Reform Necessary, But Debt Concerns Remain

WHEELING — Rep. David McKinley said he is concerned a tax reform package passed Thursday in Congress will increase the national debt over the next decade — but he also believes its benefits to the economy will offset that impact. Reforming America’s tax system was needed to make the ...

Sen. Joe Manchin: Tax Reform Benefits Only the Wealthy

WHEELING — Sen. Joe Manchin says a tax reform package approved by Congress isn’t tax reform at all, but instead grants permanent tax cuts to the wealthy while growing the national debt by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years. Manchin, D-W.Va., voted against the tax reform bill, ...

Congress Wraps Up Massive Tax Reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans delivered an epic overhaul of U.S. tax laws to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, bringing tax cuts for most Americans. In a re-vote due to a last-minute hiccup, the House passed the massive $1.5 trillion tax package that affects everyone’s ...

Steubenville Approves 2018 Budget at $35.5 Million

STEUBENVILLE — In its final meeting of the year, Steubenville City Council approved a 2018 budget that includes an anticipated $16,000 surplus. Finance Director David Lewis said the total budget for 2018 is $35.5 million, with a $12.6 million general fund budget. “This is the first time ...

Judge: Ending Program to Protect Immigrants Could Create Hardships

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge grilled an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday over the Trump administration’s justification for ending a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, saying many people had come to rely on it and faced a “real” and ...

Former Moundsville Fire Official Waives First Hearing on Sexual Abuse Charge

MOUNDSVILLE — Cameron Councilman Ron Walker, also Moundsville’s former acting fire chief, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a sexual abuse charge. That decision during a brief appearance Tuesday in Marshall County Magistrate Court means the case against Walker, 42, will be ...

Wheeling City Council Approves Sewer Rate Increase

WHEELING — Three homeless families will receive Christmas gifts they otherwise would not because Wheeling Councilman Ty Thorngate and Vice Mayor Chad Thalman agreed to wear holiday gear during Tuesday’s council meeting, while those receiving parking tickets for the rest of the year can now ...

Allen Hendershot Chosen As Moundsville’s Mayor for Next Year

MOUNDSVILLE — City council selected Councilman Allen Hendershot as Moundsville’s mayor and Councilman Phil Remke as vice mayor for 2018 on Tuesday, in a meeting that also saw the city fill its much-discussed recreation director vacancy. Hendershot, a former Moundsville city manager who ...

Despite Glitch, Tax Bill Becoming Reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on Tuesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump ...

Ryan: Tax Overhaul Came Naturally to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan defied skeptics who thought his party would never get the sweeping tax overhaul bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas. The key, the Wisconsin Republican said minutes after gaveling down a House vote on the measure on Tuesday, was ...

W.Va. Campaign Finance Probe Ends Amid Questions

MORGANTOWN (AP) — State investigations into a series of 2012 re-election campaign contributions to a West Virginia Supreme Court justice have concluded without prosecutions, but questions remain about several $1,000 donations linked to a Mississippi personal injury lawyer who had a major case ...