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Month: June 2018

Business and Industry Council stops in Wheeling

For the first time in a long time, the economy in West Virginia is looking up, that was a big topic of discussion at yesterday’s policy and progress meeting as the Business and Industry Council stopped in Wheeling. They made a stop in Wheeling to see where the city stands on issues and what different legislation can help the economy get better. Wheeling is also a very diverse place when it comes to the local economy, which makes understanding the area even more important for legislators who may not be there often. As things continue to grow economically in...

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Motorcyclist Killed on Route 2 Near Market Street Bridge

A crash just beyond the Market Street Bridge on Route 2 has claimed the life of Manuel Hines of Steubenville. It happened around 6:30 last night. A Brooke County Sheriff’s deputy says the crash happened when a unidentified female driver sped out to turn left, northbound toward Weirton when Hines’ motorcycle collided with the car, sending her car spinning and ejecting Hines from his motorcycle onto the pavement. He was wearing a helmet. The unidentified female driver was taken to Weirton Medical Center for any possible injuries she suffered. Officials said she is likely to be charged in this...

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Police Searching for Suspect After Drug Bust in Bellaire

The Belmont County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the home at 4166 Franklin Street in Bellaire last night. Police are looking for 37-year-old Michael Dugger of Cleveland who is believed to be in the area. Police did not find him at this home, so they then went to the Indian Run Apartments on 41st Street. There, they found crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and two women were charged with possession. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Michael Dugger is asked to contact...

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Finance Chairmen Say Severance Tax too Volatile to Stabilize PEIA

The finance chairmen in both houses of West Virginia’s Legislature claim raising the severance tax on natural gas is the wrong way to increase funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. Increasing the severance tax has become a popular idea among teachers and public employees who want assurance the state will stabilize health insurance costs. West Virginia taxes natural gas at a 5 percent rate. Most proposals from the public encourage increasing that tax by up to 2.5 percent. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow made a presentation to the Task Force, focusing on the role severance tax plays in...

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State to Help Belmont Co. with Flood Damage

Belmont County will soon be getting some financial relief. The Ohio State Legislature voted and approved House Bill 299 Wednesday to ensure that the state will pick up the tab on the flood damage that Belmont County suffered back in February. Belmont County would have previously had to come up with over $1 Million to pay for the damage if the bill didn’t pass. Pultney Township Trustee Frank Shaffer is grateful to see that the state is stepping in to help cover the costs. http://1063theriver.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/109/2018/06/Frank-sHAFFER-62818.mp3...

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