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Wheeling Heritage to Consider Warwood for Historic Designation

WHEELING — Warwood is on its way to becoming a nationally-recognized historic district. Wheeling Heritage recently selected a firm to conduct an architecture and history survey of the Wheeling neighborhood, and work is expected to begin sometime this week, the organization announced ...

Lawsuit Regarding Gov. Justice’s Residency Moves Forward

CHARLESTON — A lawsuit brought by a member of the House of Delegates asking a judge to require Gov. Jim Justice reside in the state capital will continue on, according to an order released Wednesday. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King rejected a motion Wednesday by attorneys for ...

Warner Calls Cyberattack a Warning for Election Cybersecurity

CLARKSBURG — A recent ransomware attack on government computer systems in Harrison County did not affect voter registration systems or other counties, and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is preparing counties for other cyber-attacks leading to the 2020 election Secretary of ...

Capito-Cantwell Bill Seeks Equal Pay For U.S. Athletes

CHARLESTON — U.S. athletes — both male and female — would receive the same pay under a bill co-introduced by U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito this week. Capito, R-West Virginia, joined with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, in creating the “Equal Pay for Team USA Act.” The bipartisan ...

House of Delegates Announces New Chairs, Removes McGeehan from All Committees

CHARLESTON — During a special session of the West Virginia Legislature, Hancock County Delegate Pat McGeehan was removed from all House committee assignments amid a reshuffle of committee members. McGeehan, a Republican, had butted heads with House leadership in February, resulting in his ...

Data Show Many Companies Contributed to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation’s opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by ...

Lawsuit Regarding Gov. Jim Justice’s Residency Moves Forward

CHARLESTON - A lawsuit brought by a member of the House of Delegates asking a judge to require Gov. Jim Justice reside in the state capital will continue on according to an order released Wednesday. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King rejected a motion Wednesday by attorneys for Justice ...

Speakers Cite Health Hazards Linked to Petrochemical Industry

WHEELING — An environmentalist and a physician, who spoke in Wheeling Tuesday, paint a dire picture of health impacts of the petrochemical industry, including oil and gas fracking and ethane cracker plants. Matthew Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Collaborative in Pittsburgh, and ...

Marshall County Prosecutor Won’t Run For Re-election

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County Prosecutor Rhonda Wade won’t seek re-election in 2020, and at least two attorneys have stepped forward to say they want the job. Delegate Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall, also an assistant prosecutor in Marshall County, said he will enter the race the next year. ...

City Council Passes Drug House Ordinance

WHEELING — The city will now be able to take more action against properties hosting criminal activity after Wheeling City Council passed a Drug House Ordinance. Council members voted unanimously to approve the ordinance at its meeting Tuesday. The ordinance will allow the city to file ...

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Vermont Statehouse flower beds

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said last week. A visitor to the Statehouse alerted police to what turned out to be 34 plants found by officers this week among the cultivated ...

City to Consider $14.5M Public Safety Building in East Wheeling

WHEELING — The site of a vacant warehouse in East Wheeling may eventually house the city’s police and fire departments if City Council moves forward with a new proposal for a $14.5 million facility. At a meeting of Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday, City Manager Robert Herron ...

Bridge Still Closed Following Bus Incident

WHEELING — The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was still closed to motorists Monday, more than two weeks after a charter bus far in excess of the span’s two-ton weight limit crossed the national landmark causing the structure to be closed for an undetermined amount of time. West Virginia ...

Blame My Roots Festival Ready to Roll

MORRISTOWN — With the absence of Jamboree in the Hills this summer, the owners of Valley View Campgrounds are hoping to fill the vacuum with their own music festival — Blame My Roots. In recent days, a logo has been erected on the property and people will soon see more signs of a music ...

Senators, Interior Secretary Tour Wildlife Refuge

DAVIS — State legislators and administrators toured Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Monday morning to see how work on the new visitors center is progressing as a result of federal funding. West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito were joined by along with U.S. ...

Funding Provided for Belmont County Cracker Plant Site Preparation

DILLES BOTTOM — Another $65 million is being invested in site preparation work for a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. JobsOhio, a private nonprofit economic development organization, awarded a $30 million revitalization grant to PTT Global Chemical America of Thailand and ...