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Funeral Arrangements Being Altered Due to Coronavirus

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WHEELING — No church services. No conventional visitation. No hugs and handshakes. Funeral directors in the Ohio Valley are facing challenges while helping grieving families plan funerals for loved ones in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. With directives from local, state and even ...

Senators sold stock before steep market losses from virus

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus epidemic. Senate records show that Burr and his ...

Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in state jobless claims

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By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Ohio, more than 48,000 people applied for jobless benefits during the first two days of this week. The tally during the same period the prior week: just 1,825. In neighboring Pennsylvania, about 70,000 people sought ...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

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The death toll from the global pandemic surpassed 10,000 people worldwide and the effects of a global economy grinding to a halt because of the pandemic were beginning to show, from millions of unsold flowers rotting in piles in Kenya to the slow emptying of the world's skies. The U.N. ...

W.Va. Gov. Justice Tested For COVID-19, Results Are Negative

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CHARLESTON — Potentially bringing the coronavirus crisis closer to the seat of government, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he has tested negative for the respiratory illness. In order to limit the number of people in the Governor’s Reception Room at the state Capitol, Thursday’s briefing ...

Wheeling Site Performs Nearly 50 COVID-19 Tests On First Day

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WHEELING — A total of 166 people — including 47 in Wheeling — were tested for COVID-19 Wednesday in the first day of operation for WVU Medicine’s five drive-through collection points. The collection site in Wheeling Park’s parking lot is staffed by Wheeling Hospital. A hospital ...

Chick-fil-A in St. Clairsville Has Successful Opening

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Chick-fil-A welcomed hundreds of new customers during its grand opening Thursday. The fast food chain began serving hungry, new customers bright and early at 6:30 a.m. through its drive-thru window only, due to statewide health department restrictions in relation to the ...

Shell Idles Pa. Cracker Plant, and Large Workforce

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POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Construction of the ethane cracker plant in Beaver County had been going full bore since November 2017 — until now. Royal Dutch Shell suspended work on the petrochemical project Wednesday afternoon, in an effort to contain the spread of the highly contagious ...

Bridgeport’s Acting Mayor, Councilman Resigns

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BRIDGEPORT – Marvin Husarik, the village of Bridgeport’s acting mayor and councilman, resigned Tuesday afternoon. After more than six years on council, Husarik chose to step down from the responsibilities due to “personal reasons,” he said. In February, Husarik assumed the mayoral ...

Trinity Health System Suspends Elective Surgeries

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STEUBENVILLE – Trinity Health System now is implementing a new, temporary process for postponing elective procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The medical center’s scheduling, surgery and access center teams have begun working with physicians to contact affected patients. “We ...