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Bomb Scare Closes Highlands Wal-Mart Store

TRIADELPHIA — Shoppers were forced to evacuate Wal-Mart at The Highlands on Friday as law enforcement evaluated a suspicious package discovered in the parking lot. The item was later discovered to be a Sentry safe, which can be purchased at Wal-Mart stores. An X-ray examination by a bomb ...

Wellsburg Woman Happy to Serve on W.Va. Ethics Commission

WHEELING — With a background in journalism, keeping an eye on public officials comes somewhat naturally to Wellsburg resident Lynn Davis. That, Davis believes, will serve her well in her newest role — as a member of the West Virginia Ethics Commission. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Davis to a ...

Wheeling Robbery Suspect Jumps in Ohio River, Gets Caught in Bridgeport

WHEELING — A man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery in Wheeling tried to flee a traffic stop Thursday by jumping into the Ohio River, but found a Bridgeport police officer waiting for him on the other side. Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl said officers stopped a ...

Two East Ohio School Districts Stand to Lose About $2 Million

STEUBENVILLE —Two East Ohio school districts stand to lose about $2 million in tax revenue, collectively, due to the declining property value of local power plants. Edison Local School District Superintendent Bill Beattie told Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday the school district ...

Senate Backs $4T Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.” The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. ...

Ohio Valley Economy Should Grow With or Without Belmont County Cracker Plant

WHEELING — Jobs in law, health care, education, finance and numerous other careers help Ohio County residents earn higher per capita income than those in any other West Virginia county, and about 35 percent more than the statewide average. Also, amid ongoing urban redevelopment and economic ...

Senate Committee Narrowly Recommends David Zatezalo for Mine Safety Position

WHEELING — The nomination of Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration gained the narrow approval of a Senate committee on Wednesday, and now moves before the full Senate. President Donald Trump has nominated Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of ...

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Player Rocky Bleier: NFL A Workplace, Not a Platform

WHEELING — Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Rocky Bleier had a message Wednesday for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest. Those players were hired to do a job, not take a political stand, said the Hall of Fame running back — and Vietnam veteran — who won ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Touts Legislative Wins

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday celebrated a string of recent political victories, saying these will make the state more attractive to both veterans and developers seeking to rehabilitate historic structures. Legislative and business leaders flanked Justice as he sat ...

Belmont County Division Courts to Consolidate in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners announced its intention to purchase the two Health Plan buildings in St. Clairsville for $3.3 million through the Belmont County Port Authority with the goal of consolidating all of the county’s division courts into one ...

Zatezalo Nomination Clears Senate Committee

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee this afternoon, by a 12-11 vote, approved the nomination of Wheeling's David Zatezalo as undersecretary of Labor, heading the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo's nomination now goes to the full Senate.

Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said ...

Consultant: $28M in Sewer Projects Likely Just the Beginning in Wheeling

WHEELING — Average Wheeling sewer customers could see their monthly bills increase about $14.50 to fund $28 million in system upgrades, but Wheeling may ultimately require up to $200 million over the next 30 years to meet federal and state regulatory mandates. During an information session ...

U.S. Rep. David McKinley Addresses Wheeling Rotary

WHEELING — U.S. Rep. David McKinley believes coal needs to remain a major part of America’s energy mix to avoid leaving West Virginia “vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters,” he told members of the Wheeling Rotary Club on Tuesday. “I like to focus primarily on energy because ...

West Virginia Legislature Passes Tax Credit Increase

WHEELING — A $1 million investment in the restoration of a historic building in Wheeling now can net a developer a $450,000 tax credit after an act by the West Virginia Legislature on Tuesday. State lawmakers ended a special session of the Legislature late Tuesday after passage of all ...

Ohio Valley Health Advocates Warn Of Potential Changes

WHEELING — Health care advocates contend many West Virginians could face higher insurance premiums and reduced coverage unless Congress overrides President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders. Representatives of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and WV NaviCare conducted a ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: Drug Czar Should Have A Bigger Medical Background

MARTINSBURG — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin suggested that the nation’s next “drug czar” should have a medical background, know someone who has been addicted and be from outside the Washington, D.C., beltway. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., removed his name from consideration to lead the Drug ...

Short-Term Health Care Deal Could Be Imminent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some ...