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Trump, coaches push for college football as cracks emerge

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer President Donald Trump joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches Monday in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. There was speculation that two of the five most powerful conferences — the Big Ten ...

Players unite in push to save college season, create union

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds saw the tweets from Trevor Lawrence and other college football players pushing for the opportunity to play this season despite the pandemic. Reynolds, one of the organizers behind a players' rights ...

Bethany Native Highlights W.Va.’s Diversity in PBS Documentary

WHEELING — Unlike any year in recent memory, 2020 has given Americans a common enemy and a shared challenge. Amid a contrast cycle of bad news, Clara Haizlett, a local filmmaker, aims to help capture Americans’ common humanity during this dark time. In January, PBS celebrated its 50th ...

High Schools in Wheeling Come Together for Social Justice

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School is partnering with The Linsly School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School to address racism and social injustice. Wheeling Park Principal Meredith Dailer said the new “Wheeling Social Justice Allies” was formed to create student affinity ...

Hanging Tough

Hailey Workman, 10, of Cambridge, has fun making her way through Oglebay Park’s Aerial Challenge with other family members on Friday.

Family Services Sees Huge Increase in Meals Served to Seniors

WHEELING — The COVID-19 pandemic for months has posed a threat to the health and wellbeing of local residents — especially those who are most vulnerable, including senior citizens. For many seniors living at home, the safest way to avoid the virus is to continue sheltering in place as ...

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with ...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President ...

Oregon trooper injured, 24 arrested in Portland protests

By MARTHA BELLISLE and GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in Portland, Oregon, defied police orders to disperse and threw rocks, frozen or hard-boiled eggs and commercial-grade fireworks at officers as unrest in the Northwest city continued early ...

Virus causing financial pain even for people still working

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Getting her job back should have been a relief for Leesa Huddleston. A kitchen worker at an Indiana casino, Huddleston returned in June after a three-month furlough caused by the coronavirus. She felt fortunate to no longer be among ...

Brazil marks grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

By MARCELO DE SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been ...

West Virginia Colleges Prepare to Welcome Students Amid Pandemic

WHEELING — When COVID-19 spread across the country this spring, most schools had to close suddenly and unexpectedly. Now, with months of planning and preparation under their belts, administrators at local colleges and universities hope students’ return to campuses this month will happen ...

Questions Raised Over West Virginia Using CARES Act Funds for Road Repairs

WHEELING — Delegate Shawn Fluharty wonders if West Virginia won’t have to repay the federal government much of the $50 million in coronavirus aid the state intends to use for road repairs near hospitals. The Medical Access Roads program in West Virginia is a project being funded with $50 ...

Gov. Jim Justice Refutes Union’s Claims About School Reopening

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said Friday that claims they have not been in communication with unions representing teachers and school service personnel were unfounded. “It disappoints me tremendously…we turn back to this same old nasty ...

Federal Legislation Could End Greyhound Racing

CHARLESTON — Opponents of greyhound racing are taking their fight national with a new bill in Congress to phase out the sport. If passed, it would end racing at two of West Virginia’s casinos. U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., late last month introduced House Resolution 7826. The ...

Woman Pleads No Contest In 2017 Killing at McLure Hotel

WHEELING — A Mingo County woman accepted a plea deal Friday morning for the 2017 killing of a Louisiana man, avoiding a murder charge but likely facing more than a decade behind bars. Freda Davis, 38, of Williamson, entered an Alford plea before Judge David Sims, maintaining her innocence ...

U.S. Attorney: Wheeling Island a ‘Destination’ For Drug Trafficking

WHEELING — The U.S. attorney’s office in Wheeling announced 26 people have been indicted on various charges for drug activity that mostly occurred on Wheeling Island, the majority of which were committed by Ohio residents. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell spoke briefly Thursday afternoon at a ...

YSS Provides School Supplies To Local Families

WHEELING — A small group of children from a local daycare center picked out colorful drawstring backpacks as Youth Services System Inc. provided local families and students with resource packets and other school supplies at one of two Ohio County Schools food distribution sites Thursday as ...

Sewer Projects Set to Break Ground in Wheeling

WHEELING — A major sewer project is slated to begin in Downtown Wheeling while the stage is being set for another significant sewer project in the area around Edgwood this fall. This week, Wheeling city officials noted that millions of dollars worth of improvements to the city’s sanitary ...

Unions Weigh In On Gov. Justice’s School Reopening Announcement

CHARLESTON — A union representing part of West Virginia’s teachers criticized Gov. Jim Justice for building hype for an announcement on school reopenings, only to release a vague color-coded plan, while the union representing school service personnel said it was not consulted on Justice’s ...