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High-Speed Pursuit on I-79 Ends in Crash

WAYNESBURG – A high-speed chase on Interstate 79 that began near Waynesburg ended when the stolen car being pursued by state police crashed in Washington County early Wednesday morning. State police on patrol in Franklin Township ran the vehicle’s license plate and learned it was stolen, ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Seeks Lower Budget Figure

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, being mindful of the spending controversies over the last 15 months, presented lawmakers a budget request several million dollars less than the previous fiscal year. Chief Justice Beth Walker went before the Senate Finance Committee ...

Chief: ‘Excellent Police Work’ Nets Murder Indictment in Wheeling

WHEELING — A Williamson, West Virginia, woman was indicted Monday by an Ohio County grand jury for the murder of a Louisiana man at the McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling in the summer of 2017. The shooting death occurred Aug. 22, 2017, and originally was deemed a suicide. But Wheeling Police ...

Trio of West Virginia Lawmakers: Give Trump $10M for Wall

CHARLESTON (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert ...

Manchin Backs Measure Aimed at Preserving Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

WHEELING — Sen. Joe Manchin will reintroduce a resolution aimed at preserving insurance protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. At a press conference Tuesday in Washington, Manchin, D-W.Va., explained the measure. He said it would direct Senate’s legal team to ...

Free Community College Bill Clears First Hurdle

CHARLESTON — An effort led by the president of the West Virginia Senate to make community and technical colleges free for in-state students was unanimously passed out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. A committee substitute making technical changes to Senate Bill 1, “increasing ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Proposed Wireless Fee Raises Concerns

CHARLESTON — After agreeing to make changes in light of a Federal Communications Commission report that dinged the state for raiding E-911 fees, the Justice administration is poised to increase the amount it takes from counties by creating a new public safety wireless fee. Senate Bill 289, ...

Wheeling Human Rights Commission Picks Frank Calabrese as Its New Chairman

WHEELING — Members of the city’s human rights commission elected Frank Calabrese as their new chairman Tuesday following the resignation of its former chairman on Monday. Commissioners unanimously voted to elect Calabrese chairman, a position that lasts through the end of July, at ...

No-Cost Birth Control Facing Court Challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception. The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of ...

Water Valve Replacement on Main Street in Wheeling Will Last Another Week

WHEELING -- A water valve replacement project that has closed Main Street at 16th Street since Jan. 7 will now last through Friday, Jan. 25, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Wednesday. The closure, which prohibits traffic from turning on to 16th Street but allows for traffic ...

Woman Indicted in Wheeling Murder Originally Reported as Self-Inflicted Gunshot

WHEELING - An Ohio County grand jury has indicted a Williamson, W.Va., woman for murder after an investigation into a reported self-inflicted gunshot turned out to be much more. The grand jury Monday returned a true bill of indictment for felony murder on Freda Faye Davis, 37, of Williamson, ...

Inspectors Take a Closer Look at Interstate 70 Bridges in Wheeling

Photo by Scott McCloskey Consultant inspection crews were out in full force along Interstate 70 east between the Wheeling Tunnel and Exit 2A Monday as the West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 does preliminary inspection work for the I-70 project expected to begin later this year ...

Trump Says Solution To Shutdown Is ‘So Simple’

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while ...

Wheeling Human Rights Commission Chairman Steve Novotney Steps Down

WHEELING — The chairman of the city’s human rights commission, Steve Novotney, resigned from the position Monday following complaints regarding posts he made on social media in December. Novotney announced that he will leave the commission in a letter addressed to Mayor Glenn Elliott, ...

Belmont County Woman Gets Eight Years for Abuse of 4-Year-Old

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Misty Dawn Glasgow received the maximum sentence of eight years in prison Monday for child endangerment in a case involving the continuous abuse of a 4-year-old girl. Glasgow, 36, reportedly was living with co-defendant Devan Noel Redman, 25, at 53940 Pike St., Neffs ...

Developers, Drillers Big Winners Under Water Rule Rollback

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration’s proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under long-standing ...

DeWine Strikes Optimistic Note as He Enters Ohio Governor’s Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine touted optimism as he began his four-year term Monday, vowing to hear others’ ideas and perspectives and to lead with resolve to create a better future for Ohio’s children, a priority reflected in executive orders he signed in his ...