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Flanagan Elevated to Police Chief in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — The village’s longtime police chief, Michael Kovalyk, retired on Thursday, informing the mayor and council in a letter read aloud during Bellaire Village Council’s regular meeting. That means Richard “Dick” Flanagan, who had been serving as acting chief since December ...

U.S. Gets Tougher on Russia; New Sanctions, Accusations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its toughest challenge to Russia to date, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of an elaborate plot to penetrate America’s electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel through cyber hacking. The U.S. also hit targeted Russians with sanctions ...

‘Stress Test’ Preceded Miami Collapse That Killed 6

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University was put to a “stress test” before it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said. As state and federal ...

Brooke Principal Apologizes for Ethnic Attire Guide

WELLSBURG — Multicultural Week at Brooke High School took an unexpected turn Wednesday when an unknown number of students complained about how the school was stereotyping certain ethnic groups. Last week, the high school released a list of suggested attire students might wear to represent ...

Kasich: Tariffs Will Make Belmont County Ethane Cracker Costlier to Build

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump’s effort to reinvigorate the metals industry, which once employed thousands of Upper Ohio Valley residents, via tariffs on imports will make building the Belmont County ethane cracker more expensive, according to Gov. John Kasich. At the Statehouse ...

Steel Towns Hopeful, But Realistic

(AP) - In the heart of America’s diminished steel country, support for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports is broad and bipartisan. It is tempered, though, by a strong streak of realism. Trump’s tariffs are expected to raise U.S. prices for steel and aluminum. That would help ...

Officials: Needle Program in Wheeling Doing Its Job

WHEELING — Amid the ongoing opioid epidemic, local officials remain convinced the current needle exchange program reduces the risk of infectious disease in the community. By contrast, the needle exchange program in Charleston, W.Va. has become embroiled in controversy in recent weeks. The ...

House Approves $500 Million Over 10 Years for School Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and ...

Wheeling Park High School Students Walk Out in Nationwide Gun Protest

Young people in the U.S. walked out of class to demand action on gun violence today in what activists hoped would be the biggest demonstration of student activism yet in response to last month’s massacre in Florida. More than 3,000 walkouts were planned across the U.S. and around the ...

Crackdown on Lying on Gun Background Checks Likely To Strain Federal Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration plan to crack down on people who lie to buy guns faces a giant hurdle: It relies on federal agents and prosecutors who are already overwhelmed with other responsibilities. Prosecutors and officials from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

West Virginia PEIA Task Force Meets on Insurance Solution

CHARLESTON (AP) — Less than a week after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers to end their nine-day strike, a task force kicked off meetings Tuesday to seek a long-term funding solution to an insurance program for teachers and other public ...

Gayle Manchin Speaks Out After Abrupt Firing

WHEELING — Gayle Manchin hopes her termination as West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts this week forces Gov. Jim Justice to move swiftly on a bill that eliminates the secretary’s position, and moves programs within the department to other offices. She said time is of the ...

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott: Challenge The Status Quo

WHEELING — As with cities many times its size, Wheeling counts Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Williams Lea Tag among its employers, Uber ridesharing as one of its services — and a homeless population among its challenges. “We are trying to make Wheeling a place that offers ...

Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg Sold to Illinois Company

WELLSBURG — Eagle Manufacturing Co. has been acquired by the Justrite Safety Group, Eagle President Joe Eddy announced. Justrite, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., was formed in 1906 and is a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products focused on asset protection and regulatory ...

Pennsylvania House Race Too Close to Call

MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor’s edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early this morning in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate Lamb was testing Donald Trump’s sway in a GOP ...

Trump Shakes Up Cabinet Via Tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday — via Twitter — and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to shift from America’s spy chief to its top diplomat. The abrupt announcement ended the turbulent tenure of Tillerson, who ...

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty For Florida Shooter Nikolas Cruz

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for the former student charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month even though attorneys for Nikolas Cruz indicated he would plead guilty if his life was spared. Cruz, 19, is scheduled for formal ...