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Summer Break Over As Congress Returns

September 8, 2014 WASHINGTON — Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress is beginning an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing... more »»

Obama Set To Outline Strategy

September 8, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. more »»

Arab Chiefs: Take On Islamic Militants

September 8, 2014 CAIRO — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to... more »»

‘iGaming’ May Get Push From Lottery Officials

September 7, 2014 WHEELING — Consider these numbers: Since 2009, table gambling receipts have declined 76 percent at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, according to the West Virginia Lottery Commission. more »»

Blackjack, Roulette Are Most Popular

September 7, 2014 WHEELING — Blackjack remains the most popular form of table gambling at West Virginia’s five casinos, accounting for more than one-third of all wagers, according to West Virginia Lottery Commission... more »»

Residents: Steubenville in Midst of ‘Gang War’

September 7, 2014 STEUBENVILLE — A street-smart resident of the neighborhood surrounding Piece of Pie Park in Steubenville said most of the city’s drug violence stems from two street gangs— the “Grape Street Gang” an... more »»

Smoking Ban Discussion Rekindles

September 7, 2014 WHEELING — Ohio County may be next on the list of Northern Panhandle counties to go entirely smoke-fre. more »»

Congress To Act Fast On Budget

September 7, 2014 WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task — act fast to keep the government open and then race home to campaign. more »»

School Official Pleads Guilty

September 6, 2014 WHEELING — Ritchie Elementary School guidance counselor Kristyn Fetcko faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to selling oxycodone in federal court Friday. more »»

‘Sense Of Urgency’ In Fight With EPA

September 6, 2014 PARKERSBURG — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says there is a “sense of urgency” in moving forward with a lawsuit against the U.S. more »»

American Job Growth Slows

September 6, 2014 WASHINGTON — A drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to slowdowns. more »»

IRS: More Employee E-Mails Lost

September 6, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt... more »»

Federal Budget Crunch Idles Guard Units

September 6, 2014 CINCINNATI (AP) — Many of the nation’s citizen-soldiers, whose motto is “Always Ready, Always There,” won’t be at regular training drills this weekend because of a federal funding shortfall. more »»

School Counselor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

September 5, 2014 WHEELING - Ritchie Elementary School counselor Kristyn Fetcko was among three individuals involved in a large prescription painkiller trafficking ring who entered guilty pleas Friday in federal court. more »»

Expanded Early Voting Is Ordered

September 5, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state’s elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall... more »»

Motion Overturns Restrictions

September 5, 2014 Belmont County Board of Elections Director Bill Shubat knows how important early and absentee voting is in Ohio elections, calling them “critical” to ensuring as many voters have a voice as possibl. more »»

Abdalla: Law Can Take Back The City

September 5, 2014 STEUBENVILLE — If given the tools and the manpower, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said law enforcement can reclaim Steubenville from the 150 or so gang members wreaking havoc there. more »»

Trans Energy Faces Charges for Filling Streams

September 5, 2014 WHEELING — Oil and gas company Trans Energy Inc. faces federal criminal charges for allegedly releasing natural gas drilling materials into streams and wetlands in Marshall County. more »»

Islamic State Now A Target

September 5, 2014 NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the “brutal and poisonous” Islamic State militant group that is... more »»

Where Are All The Socks? Ask the Dog

September 5, 2014 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. more »»

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