Director: CPS ‘At Breaking Point’

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CHARLESTON — The Child Protective Services division within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing multiple issues driven by the opioid crisis, including staff vacancies, an overflowing foster care system, drug addicted infants, and a slow-to-respond child ...

West Virginia COVID Death Toll Passes 5,000

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia reached another grim milestone Tuesday with more than 5,000 state residents dead since the COVID-19 pandemic started. According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, 5,021 West Virginians have died from COVID-19 infections since the first death ...

13 Stay At Winter Freeze Shelter On Opening Night


WHEELING — As word spreads of its opening and the nights get even colder, officials with the Winter Freeze Shelter expect more homeless people to use their facility. Betsy Bethel-McFarland, Youth Services System communications director, said Tuesday that more than a dozen homeless people ...

Public Nuisance Measure Passes

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WHEELING — Officials in the city of Wheeling by a split vote Tuesday approved an amendment to the city’s drug house ordinance, but not before a volley of debate and disagreement over the issue. The tweak to the city’s language in the codified ordinances pertaining to public nuisance ...

‘Helping Heroes’ Asks Ohio County For Aid


WHEELING — The “Helping Heroes” group asked Ohio County commissioners for financial help Tuesday night. Susan Harrison, chief financial officer for Helping Heroes, and Executive Director R.J. Konkoleski spoke at Tuesday’s commission meeting. They told commissioners during the ...

March of Dimes Gives ‘F’ to W.Va. for Preterm Births

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WHEELING — West Virginia recently received an “F” grade from the March of Dimes for its rate of babies born prematurely. WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital neonatologist Dr. Poornima Murthy said the state’s actual percentage of preterm births improved slightly from last year, but not ...