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About 8% of W.Va. Babies Exposed To Alcohol Shortly Before Birth

MORGANTOWN — About 8 percent of West Virginia newborns are exposed to alcohol two to four weeks before birth, according to a new study. “Alcohol exposure during the last trimester is associated with a range of developmental problems that may not be overtly expressed as cranio-facial ...

Wheeling University President Ginny Favede Working To Reverse Decline

WHEELING — About 600 students left from Wheeling University last year as the former Jesuit-affiliated school reeled from financial and administrative problems. One of those students who transferred out last summer was the son of Ginny Favede, the university’s board of trustees chairwoman ...

Chief Justice Tim Armstead Adjusts to Interpreting Law

WHEELING — Tim Armstead spent 20 years crafting laws in the West Virginia Legislature, and the past 16-months interpreting them. A former speaker of the House of Delegates, Armstead now finds himself at the head of the table as chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of ...

A Growing Need for Foster Homes in W.Va.

WHEELING — The numbers are high and growing. The need is critical. As of March 2019, there were 6,938 children and teens in foster care in the state of West Virginia, and the number changes almost daily. The “need” in question is for foster homes, especially in the Northern Panhandle. ...

W.Va. Senate Passes Amended Budget

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate passed a budget for fiscal year 2021 on Saturday morning that included several amendments, including restoring recommended funding to the intellectual and developmentally disabled waiver program and including funding to help prepare the state for the ...

LEAP HUNGER 2020

Photo by Scott McCloskey Hundreds of volunteers turned out at Our Lady of Peace school on Leap Day Saturday in the service of helping the hungry. The Knights of Columbus Carroll Council 504 in partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach and local parishes came together for Leap Hunger 2020, a ...

Biden Earns First Win, Takes South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden scored a convincing victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday, riding a wave of African American support and ending progressive rival Bernie Sanders’ winning streak. The Vermont senator claimed second place, though his loss gave a ...

Area Financial Advisers Urge Clients to Avoid Panic

WHEELING — While fears over the economic impact of the coronavirus pushed Wall Street over the cliff this past week, local financial advisors have been busy urging clients not to fall into — or contribute to — the same kind of panic. Wealth management experts had their plates full by ...

Wall Street Has Worst Week Since 2008

Stocks sank around the globe again Friday as investors braced for more economic pain from the coronavirus outbreak, sending U.S. markets to their worst weekly finish since the 2008 financial crisis. The damage from the week of relentless selling was eye-popping: The Dow Jones Industrial ...

1 Dead After Shooting At WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Two people were arrested in a fatal shooting at a student housing apartment complex near West Virginia University on Friday morning. Multiple agencies responded to the report of shots fired at the College Park complex around 4 a.m. and police gave the all clear ...

Alex Weld Named New Executive Director of Wheeling Heritage

WHEELING — Wheeling Heritage announced Friday that Arch W. Riley Jr. will leave his position as the executive director on June 30, and the board has named Alex Weld as his successor. “I have enjoyed my time serving as interim director at Wheeling Heritage,” Riley said. “As former ...

First Phase of Cracker Site Work Complete in Belmont County

DILLES BOTTOM — Decreasing activity at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County is not a sign of declining interest in the project. Officials with PTT Global Chemical America of Thailand and Daelim Chemical USA of South Korea announced online Friday that contractors ...

Senates Restores Funding to I/DD Program in Latest Budget Bill

CHARLESTON — Two pending Senate amendments to Gov. Jim Justice’s budget bill would restore funding to the intellectual and development disability waiver program and provide funding to prepare for the coronavirus. On Friday, the West Virginia Senate moved Senate Bill 150 — the budget ...

Committee Green Lights Intermediate Court of Appeals Bill

CHARLESTON — After putting to brakes on last year, the House Judiciary Committee gave a thumbs up Friday to a Senate proposal for a new intermediate court of appeals. Senate Bill 275, creating an intermediate court of appeals between the circuit courts and the state Supreme Court, was ...

Alex Weld Named Next Executive Director of Wheeling Heritage

WHEELING – Wheeling Heritage announced Friday that Arch W. Riley Jr. is set to step down from his position as the organization's interim executive director on June 30. The board has named Alex Weld as the organization’s next executive director. “I have enjoyed my time serving as interim ...

Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink to Undergo $1.3M Renovation

WHEELING — The Wheeling Park Commission will announce plans next month on a $1.3 million renovation that will transform Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink into a state-of-the-art ice complex and multipurpose community facility. There will be a “Skate Down Memory Lane” celebration ...

House Committee Considers Bill to Create Intermediate Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee crossed the hall Thursday to make his case for an intermediate court of appeals before members of the House Judiciary Committee. Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, addressed the committee during a public hearing Thursday morning on ...

Justice Urges Senate to Restore I/DD Waiver Funding in Budget

CHARLESTON — A day after the Senate Finance Committee passed its version of the budget with reduced funding for intellectual and developmental disability waivers, Gov. Jim Justice said he wants that funding restored. Justice released a statement Thursday saying he would refuse to accept any ...

Health Departments Prep for Potential Coronavirus Cases

WHEELING —As the specter of coronavirus captures public attention, local health departments are getting guidance from state and federal health authorities to deal with any potential outbreaks. Currently, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is monitoring a few individuals who may have ...