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Marshall, Ohio Counties Lead State in Oil Production

Oil and natural gas production across the state hit record numbers in 2018, with Marshall and Ohio counties leading the pack in oil production. According to a release by the W.Va. Oil and Natural Gas Association, oil production grew nearly 60 percent, from 7.5 million barrels to 12 million in ...

Trump Dismisses Worries of Recession, Says Economy Is Strong

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets. “I don’t think we’re having a recession,” Trump told reporters as he returned to ...

Improve Student Performance

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about parent involvement in education. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I started teaching in public schools in 1978, and over the years, I’ve witnessed a decline in parental involvement in children’s education. Raising a child is not easy, but when you ...

Big Apple Dreams

Dear Annie: I want to change my career path to pursue what I really want to do in life. I have two kids, a 2-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. Currently, I am a driver for Lyft and Uber, and I work more than 50 hours a week. I’m making a decent amount of money, but it’s not ...

Photo Finish — Ways to Use Summer’s Photos

Summer’s leisurely pace is winding down, a good time to spend with family reviewing summer memories with colorful digital photos. Scrolling through the weeks, choose the “keepers” and place in a separate “Summer 2019” album on your phone or computer for easy access when sharing ...

Calendar

Aug. 19-24 — Monroe County Fair, Woodsfield. Aug. 19 — Public Gardening Lecture Series, “Bats,” at Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center, Oglebay Park, 7-8 p.m. Aug. 19-31 — Art exhibition by Suzi Whitaker and Donna Sullivan at Martha’s Gallery, 736 ...

Chinese Reaction to Photo Of Diplomat Understandable

What do you think the reaction would be in the U.S. if protests engulfed the streets of New York City and a photo was leaked of protest organizers meeting in a hotel lobby with a Russian or Chinese diplomat stationed at the local consulate? Surely the public response would be measured and ...

Allowing the Economy to Expand

With the recent inversion of the yield curve sparking recession fears in the United States and the stock market swinging wildly in response to the ongoing trade negotiations with China, some are wondering if the longest economic expansion in American history may soon come to an ...

Government’s Ban on Selling Organs Ought To Be Rescinded

Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did. I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I’m willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them. Why not? Lots of people need kidneys, livers, etc. When I’m dead, I sure won’t need mine. ...

Animator Richard Williams Dies

LONDON (AP) — Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in ...

Signs of Recession Worry Trump Ahead of Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the ...

Nancy Pelosi Emerges As a Force Abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It’s not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an ...

Trump Allies Push Back On Foreign Aid Cut Proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump’s strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration’s plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved. In a letter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Hal Rogers of ...

NYC Subway Scare Suspect Taken Into Police Custody

NEW YORK (AP) — A man suspected of placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station on Friday, causing an evacuation and snarling the morning commute, has been apprehended, police said. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Saturday morning that a ...

Arrests and Shields, Metal Poles Seized at Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the ...

Hong Kong’s Divide: Protests For Democracy, Rally for China

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong’s famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the ...

Mexico City Assesses Damage After Violent Feminist Protest

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City’s iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous and violent protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of ...

The Woman Behind a West Virginia Addiction Response Team

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Larrecsa Cox had a train ticket and $100 to her name. She was just trying to leave Wisconsin, and never anticipated she’d be combating drug addiction in a city that media referred to as “ground zero” for the opioid crisis. “I never thought I’d live in West ...

Paines: I Didn’t Mean to Downplay Homeless Students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state at an education board meeting earlier this week. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday ...

Remembering Those Taken From Us Too Soon

In two weeks’ time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer. Now, we are moving on. This is our human nature, to search for ...