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Randolph teacher arrested: Chewning accused of soliciting minor

ELKINS – A Randolph Technical Center teacher is behind bars and accused of having inappropriate relationships with several of his students. Albert Robert Chewning, 37, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of soliciting a minor via computer and two felony counts of distribution and ...

Golden to be artist in residence

BUCKHANNON — A local mixed media graphic artist will be the artist in residence this week at the Upshur County Public Library. A native of French Creek, Sara Golden has recently been accepted at Tamarack. Her prints are available at Artistry on Main and soon will be found at West Virginia ...

Little change seen in stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished Tuesday close to where they started as technology companies and household goods makers rose. But weak reports from sporting goods and auto parts retailers left a lot of smaller companies with steep losses. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Advance Auto ...

Another executive resigns from panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fallout from President Donald Trump’s reaction to violent, racial clashes in Virginia over the weekend continued in the business community with another resignation from a federal panel of executives that was created to advise him. Following the departure of chief ...

Pressured by the government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

DETROIT (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission, in a complaint settled on Tuesday, alleged that Uber failed to secure data about ...

Duke to become next chair of Wells Fargo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo says Elizabeth Duke will become its chairwoman next year, making her the first woman to hold the position at a major Wall Street bank. The bank said in a statement Tuesday that Duke will replace Stephen Sanger on Jan. 1. Sanger took over as independent ...

Government joins food fight over menus

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government has joined a food fight between New York City and a national group opposing new food labeling regulations for chain grocery and convenience stores. The Department of Justice filed legal papers this week asking a judge to block the city from enforcing a ...

Home Depot beats Street 2Q forecasts

ATLANTA (AP) — The Home Depot Inc. (HD) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $2.67 billion. The Atlanta-based company said it had profit of $2.25 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

Couple exploited website glitch

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey couple exploited a computer glitch on a home improvement chain’s website to get thousands of dollars’ worth of items shipped to their home for free. Ocean County prosecutors say 40-year-old Kimy Velazquez and his 24-year-old wife, Romela ...

Ex-W.Va. Court Justice Cleckley dies

CHARLESTON (AP) — Franklin D. Cleckley, the West Virginia Supreme Court’s first black justice, has died at age 77, the court announced Tuesday. The court said in a news release that Cleckley died at his Morgantown home on Monday. No cause of death was given. A civil rights attorney, ...

Jury duty absences cost Wood County

PARKERSBURG (AP) — County officials in West Virginia have expressed concern over what they say is the persistent problem of ignored jury summons. Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said the phenomenon of shirking jury duty seems to have intensified over the past few years, with absences ...

Justice names Mike Hall chief of staff

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Sen. Mike Hall as his new chief of staff. Justice says in a news release that the Putnam County Republican “has a reputation for being able to work with everybody.”. Hall replaces Nick Casey, a former state ...

Declaration sought for 12 counties

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a federal disaster declaration for a dozen counties hit by flooding last month. Justice asked President Donald Trump last week for individual and public assistance in Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties, and for ...

Marshall involved in eclipse project

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Some Marshall University students and faculty will participate in a project to launch high-altitude balloons during next week’s solar eclipse. Marshall says the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium chose the team to launch a helium-filled balloon next Monday in southern ...

Funds announced for 3 treatment sites

CHARLESTON (AP) — Three substance use disorder programs in West Virginia are receiving $1.6 million in funding from the state. The funding was announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. The funding includes ...

Violence adds momentum to removal of Confederate statues

(AP) — Cities and states accelerated their plans to remove Confederate monuments from public property Tuesday as the violence over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, moved leaders across the country to plan to wipe away much of the remaining Old South imagery. Only two ...

Reunions

THOMASON: The descendants of the Martin and Izora Thomason Family will host the fourth annual Thomason reunion Saturday at the late Ray Thomason’s farm located in Long Run. All paper products, meat and drinks will be furnished. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and a prize for ...

Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He ...

Trump hurt by doubletalk

WASHINGTON — The naked hatred displayed by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend served one revealing and useful purpose. It unmasked President Trump’s ugly notion that the racist protestors and those who turned out to counter-protest them were equally culpable for the ...

Learning from Charlottesville tragedy

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who ...