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GOP Senators Rave About Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative ...

Insurers Approach Trump Health Plans Cautiously

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says insurers are “going wild” about his new health care options and “millions and millions” of people will be signing up. But insurance companies say it will take time to design new plans and get approval from state regulators, and two major ...

A Lifeline for Workers Who Face Hardship Between Paychecks

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Vazquez and his girlfriend were down to their last $50 after she got sick and had to miss work for a month. He already paid his rent and bills for the month, but without her income the couple couldn’t cover groceries and other essentials. His next paycheck was more ...

Oregon Police Chief Orders Review Of Use of Force Against Protesters

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city’s new police chief to order a review of officers’ use of force. Police in ...

Message Led to Discovery Of Children in Compound

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A message that people were starving, believed to come from someone inside a makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico, led to the discovery of 11 children living in filthy conditions. Taos County Sheriff’s officials said Saturday the children ranging in age from 1 ...

Coal Industry Is Making a Comeback in W.Va.

As the coal industry continues to rebound, its overall contribution to West Virginia’s economy is nothing short of phenomenal, supporting upwards of 17 percent of the state’s total GDP. According to John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic ...

Homeless Forced to Leave Camp In Cincinnati But Vow to Return

CINCINNATI (AP) — Homeless people living along a busy downtown Cincinnati street left minutes before the city’s deadline Friday afternoon when crews tasked with sanitizing the area arrived in white, full-body suits and neon vests. But they didn’t go far. Most took tents and other ...

Community Clashes With Clinic Over Addiction Treatment

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A few weeks ago, community members and physicians gathered for a town hall in Beckley, West Virginia. On the agenda? Whether a new psychiatric clinic downtown should be allowed to do medication-assisted treatment from their building. “What matters is — it’s our ...

What About the Other Children Who Miss Parents?

Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to ...

Stop Waging War on Men

Forget the mythical war on women. What we’re really seeing in American culture is a growing war on men. There’s a bias against men that seeks to demean, devalue and ultimately emasculate normal, healthy men and boys in virtually all aspects of life — the U.S. educational and legal ...

Pats on the Back

- To those involved in end-of-summer special activities for children and families getting ready for the start of a new school year. One, the Celebrate Youth Festival, was held last Thursday at Wheeling Park under the sponsorship of Youth Services System. It attracted hundreds of people who ...

Russians May Help Democrats This Time

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted. “Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want ...

Trump Good at Getting The Public on His Side

Two distinct realities coexist in the nation’s capital with the approximate compatibility of oil and water. There’s the reality of 4.1 percent economic growth, full employment, a declining trade deficit, and some wage growth. Then there’s Michael Cohen. While President Trump ...

Overturn Murder Conviction

“If it wasn’t for my artwork and God, there’s no way we’d be having this conversation right now.” I’m on a three-way phone call with Valentino Dixon, inmate No. 91B1615 at New York’s Wende Correctional Facility, and his 27-year-old daughter, Tina Dixon, a first-grade teacher ...

Some Arrested as Right-Wing Rally, Counter-Protesters Clash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. Just before 2 p.m., police in riot gear ordered people to leave an area ...

Crackdown on ‘Bots’ Sweeps Up People Who Tweet Often

CHICAGO (AP) — Nina Tomasieski logs on to Twitter before the sun rises. Seated at her dining room table with a nearby TV constantly tuned to Fox News, the 70-year-old grandmother spends up to 14 hours a day tweeting the praises of President Trump and his political allies, particularly those ...

EORH Names Jennifer Coello as COO

MARTINS FERRY — Jennifer A. Coello has been named chief operating officer of East Ohio Regional Hospital effective Aug. 6. Coello is an accomplished hospital executive with more than 20 years of experience in the health-care industry. Board certified in hospital management by the American ...

Wheeling Hospital Recognized for Excellent Heart Attack Treatment

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital has been nationally recognized as one of the best in the U.S. for its fast and effective treatment of the most deadly type of heart attack, a STEMI (ST Elevated Acute Myocardial Infarction). Wheeling Hosptial’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is the only facility ...

August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

BELLAIRE — The Women, Infants and Children program in Belmont County is joining in the observance of August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ohio and of World Breastfeeding Week through Tuesday. Research suggests that breastfeeding is a key modifiable factor for disease for both mothers ...

Iran Trump’s Doom?

A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or ...