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Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nevada prepared to start reopening parts of its economy last month, a team of medical experts recommended to Gov. Steve Sisolak that he require people wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor promoted masks but resisted making them ...

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

By DON BABWIN and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of ...

Mississippi takes step toward dropping rebel image from flag

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into cheers and applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism ...

Interstate 70 Through Ohio County : No One Can Drive 45

WHEELING — With all due respect to Sammy Hagar, drivers on Interstate 70 in Ohio County can’t even drive 45. As traffic continues to increase on local highways with COVID-19 restrictions lifting and the approaching Fourth of July holiday, two local law enforcement agencies are working to ...

Justice Gives More Details On Slemp

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that he appreciated the work of Dr. Cathy Slemp, the state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, but he had lost confidence in Slemp, causing her to submit her resignation Wednesday. “To tell it straight up like it is, ...

Frustrations, Misconceptions Grow As COVID-19 Virus Continues to Spread

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — State Sen. John Unger has seen the effects of COVID-19. A good friend of his, David Sanders, is fighting for his life and is currently in critical condition, using a ventilator as he battles the virus. “I’ve heard people say that it’s a hoax,” Unger said. ...

Wrong-Way Driver Crashes Into I-70 Construction Site at Wheeling Tunnel

WHEELING — A person was injured after crashing into an exposed steel beam in the Interstate 70 construction zone after traveling the wrong way through the Wheeling Tunnel early Friday. The vehicle traveled east through the westbound side of the tunnel — which is closed to traffic due to ...

Ohio County sees 5 new COVID-19 cases, Marshall County 3

Friday evening, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced five new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total since the pandemic's beginning to 85, with one death. Three new cases also were reported in Marshall County, bringing the total there to 46. Seven of those cases are active ...

Vice President Pence Visits Ohio to Help Unveil All-Electric Endurance Pickup

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. debuted a running prototype of its all-electric pickup truck, the Endurance, production of which has been driven back until at least mid-2021 due to work stoppages brought on by the viral outbreak. “I even have to put an asterisk on that, assuming COVID ...

Vice President Pence: Comeback Testament and Tribute to Lordstown Community

LORDSTOWN — Vice President Mike Pence quipped that Thursday was the first time he was driven onto a stage for an event. “And what a beautiful vehicle to do it in,” said Pence of Lordstown Motors Corp.’s first running prototype of its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. It was with ...

Benwood Mayor Ed Kuca Sent Off With Love

BENWOOD — After spending more than half his life serving Benwood’s city and residents in various capacities, Mayor Ed Kuca Jr. is retiring from public life at the end of the month after serving for 43 years. Kuca, 73, did not seek re-election in this year’s race, with Councilman Walter ...

State, National Experts Brief Officials on Coronavirus Economic Impacts

CHARLESTON — State and national economists believe West Virginia’s financial recovery from the coronavirus business shutdowns will happen, but it will be a slow recovery. On Thursday, the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research held a virtual update on the ...

$8 Million Triadelphia Middle School Renovation Project Underway

WHEELING — Dust is flying inside and outside Triadelphia Middle School this summer as a nearly $8 million project to expand and renovate the school takes place. Work behind the building is most visible, as the back stairway area leading to the auditorium has been torn way to make room for a ...

Coronavirus Continues to Drive Down Lottery Revenue in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — With a month remaining in the fiscal year, lottery revenues for May continued a slump due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to monthly data released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, lottery revenues were down by 67 percent in May compared to projections. May brought ...

With a jab at Trump, Pelosi unveils new ‘Obamacare’ bill

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Flicking a dismissive jab at President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand "Obamacare," even as Trump's administration is about to file arguments in a Supreme Court case to strike it ...