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Five-Month Lane Restriction on Interstate 70 West in Wheeling Begins Monday

WHEELING — Beginning Monday, a single left lane restriction will be implemented for about five months on a small section of Interstate 70 west in the Fulton Bridge area of the I-70 Bridges Project. Swank Construction is moving forward with work on the eastbound side of the highway in that ...

Ohio County Schools Plan on Going Back to 5 Days March 15

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools announced Thursday plans to resume a five-day in-person school week beginning March 15. The announcement comes after school officials said Monday they intended to continue with a four-day school week. The new plan calls for a five-day school week with a ...

Arbiter: COVID-19 Bill Must Drop Minimum Wage Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Senate ...

U.S. House Votes To Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill passed by a vote of 224-206 ...

Ohio County Schools planning return to five-day, in-person learning

WHEELING -- What a difference three days can make. On Monday, Superintendent Kim Miller told the Ohio County Board of Education that the district was not prepared to return to five-day, in-person classroom learning, as recommended by Gov. Jim Justice. Then on Thursday, Miller said the school ...

New COVID-19 Case Tallies Shrink in Ohio County, Marshall County

WHEELING — Ohio and Marshall counties reported the lowest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Only three new cases were reported out of Ohio County on Tuesday night, while Marshall County chimed in with just one new case as of Wednesday ...

West Virginia House of Delegates Committee Votes To Gut Municipal User Fees

CHARLESTON — An amendment to a bill meant to exempt state workers from city user fees would now repeal all user fees, potentially putting cities in a cash crunch. The House Political Subdivision Committee approved an amendment Wednesday to House Bill 2256 — prohibiting cities from ...

Ohio County Schools Nears Decision on Waiver Request

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools continues to discuss a plan to retain its four-day school week, but those discussions should wrap up very soon. A decision on whether the school district will seek a waiver from the West Virginia Department of Education from resuming five-day a week in-person ...

West Virginia Senate Rules for Intermediate Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate rendered a verdict on an intermediate court of appeals, approving a bill Wednesday that would create the new court. Senate Bill 275, creating the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, passed 19-15 Wednesday. It heads to the House of Delegates ...

FDA: Single-Dose Shot From Johnson & Johnson Prevents Severe COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The ...

Manchin, Other Centrist Dems Flex Their Muscles

WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin has had multiple one-on-one phone calls with President Joe Biden. He can send the White House into a tailspin with a single five-minute interview or ...

U.S. Rep. David McKinley Supportive, But Cautious on COVID Spending

WHEELING — This week Congress looks at passing a third COVID-19 relief package, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley says it has “more baubles than a Christmas tree.” McKinley, R-West Virginia, said he does support COVID relief spending to assist businesses and individuals financially ...