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New Homeless Outreach Clinic Opens in Wheeling

WHEELING — Offering hope, help and health, a new homeless outreach clinic opened Monday at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center on 18th Street in East Wheeling. The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, cut a ceremonial ribbon to ...

Boater’s July Death on Ohio River in Wheeling Ruled Accidental

WHEELING — More than five months after Jerry Dowd Jr. fell off a boat into the Ohio River near Wheeling, the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death an accidental drowning. The ruling brings the investigation into Dowd’s death to a close, Wheeling Police Department ...

Amtrak Train Hurtles Off Overpass, Killing Six

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass south of Seattle on Monday and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least three people, injuring more than 100 and crushing two vehicles, authorities ...

Analyst: Tax Plan Boost Coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax bill would mean average initial tax cuts for Americans across all income lines, but by 2027, it would boost average levies for everyone earning up to $75,000, which includes most taxpayers, Congress’ nonpartisan tax analyst estimated Monday. The ...

On the Front Lines Of Drug Crisis, Cops Are Split on Narcan

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it’s a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. Less than 50 miles away, his counterpart in Butler County is dead set against it, saying it ...

Amtrak train hurtles off overpass; at least 6 people killed

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard ...

Wheeling Police: July Boating Death Ruled Accidental

WHEELING - The West Virginia Medical Examiner's office has ruled the death of a boater on the Ohio River near Wheeling over the Independence Day holiday an accidental drowning, police said today. The ruling brings to a close the investigation into the death of 32-year-old Jerry Dowd, according ...

Wheeling Council May Allow ‘Food For Fines’

WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott admits not everyone is pleased with the $10 parking tickets the city began issuing in July, so in the spirit of helping others during the holiday season, they plan to waive the fine temporarily if the violator donates five cans of food. Council will vote on a ...

West Liberty Elementary Gets Playground Donation

WEST LIBERTY — A large donation will allow work on an upgraded playground for West Liberty Elementary School to begin as soon as next spring. Principal Stacy Greer said the school received a $20,000 grant from the Hess Foundation in Wheeling, which brings the total donations received thus ...

Trump: Not Considering Firing Special Counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year in office. Trump returned ...

GOP Tax Plan Could Mean Cuts in State, Local Services

WASHINGTON — It’s a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services. The sweeping tax overhaul embraced by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers would impose a $10,000 limit on the combined sum of ...

McCain Treated For Viral Infection, Returns Home to Arizona

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday. The 81-year-old senator will undergo physical therapy and ...

EQT to Spend Additional $2.2B in New Shale Wells

BELMONT — EQT Corp. completed its $8.2 billion acquisition of Rice Energy last month, while the Pittsburgh-based firm now plans to spend an additional $2.2 billion drilling new Marcellus and Utica shale wells during 2018. Company officials said they hope to drill 38 new natural gas wells ...

Fluharty Says W.Va. Needs To Take Lead On Sports Betting

WHEELING — Delegate Shawn Fluharty is wagering that the legalization of sports betting will be beneficial to West Virginia if the state gets ahead of the game in legalizing it. The Legislature begins its 2018 regular session on Jan. 10, and Fluharty, D-W.Va., said lawmakers need to act ...

Holiday Toy Drive in St. Clairsville Truly Lifts Spirits

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The spirit of Christmas was lifted high above expectations at Saturday’s inaugural Operation Toy Lift, conducted jointly by the Wheeling Police Department and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department in the parking lot of Macy’s at the Ohio Valley Mall. By 4 p.m., ...

Wetzel County Prosecutor Seeks More Proactive Treatment

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A local prosecutor is pushing lawmakers to provide more tools to treat drug addicts before they commit a crime — or suffer a fatal overdose. Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught highlighted the issue during a recent drug-abuse panel in Morgantown at which he was a ...

More Downtown Wheeling Apartments Planned

WHEELING —Looking to capitalize on the demand for downtown housing, C.J. Kaiser hopes to continue renovating the former Bill’s Hamburger building so the pre-Civil War structure located between the Capitol Theatre and the Wheeling Suspension Bridge features apartments on the upper ...

BCI Tests Gun For Link To Bellaire Shooting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Prosecutors are waiting on the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to determine whether a gun found along Ohio 7 this week is the one they believe was used to murder Brad McGarry in his Bellaire home in May. Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry confirmed Friday that a gun ...

Black Lung Rules Mulled

CHARLESTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a ...