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As pandemic ebbs, old fear is new again: mass shootings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brianne Smith was overjoyed to get an e-mail telling her to schedule a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hours later, her relief was replaced by dread: a phone alert — another mass public shooting. Before the pandemic, she would scan for the nearest exit in ...

How companies rip off poor employees and get away with it

NEW YORK (AP) — Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. These ...

Pfizer’s long range vaccine pursuits pay off

Pfizer, buoyed by a huge jump in sales for its COVID-19 vaccine and solid first-quarter performance across most of the company, hiked its 2021 financial forecast after blowing past Wall Street expectations. The company, along with its German partner BioNTech, now anticipate sustained revenue ...

Excess COVID shots discarded due to waning public interest

WHEELING — Officials in Wheeling and Ohio County are urging citizens to resist “hesitancy” and get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible so the community can safely return to normalcy. Officials said hesitancy to get vaccinated will only cause the pandemic — and related health ...

Restrictions easing in U.S. and Europe amid virus disaster in India

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Air travel in the U.S. hit its highest mark since COVID-19 took hold more than 13 months ago, while European Union officials are proposing to ease restrictions on visitors to the continent as the vaccine sends new cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent ...

Belmont County No. 3 in the state

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County ranks third in the state in COVID-19 occurrence rate, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday. The governor shared data that indicate Belmont County has 220.9 cases per 100,000 residents, with 148 cases among its 67,006 residents. The data is collected over a ...

Monroe mulls how to spend $2 million

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County is set to receive $2,648,109 in American Rescue Plan funding to offset lost revenue and aid with local infrastructure improvement projects, among other items. Monroe County Treasurer Taylor Abbott said the county will receive the funding in two installments — ...

St. C. to resume in-person meetings

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The city council will once again be meeting face-to-face after nearly a year of teleconference sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Council President Jim Velas announced the 7:30 May 17 meeting will be in person. “Due to the relaxation of some of the people ...

Disneyland reopens as California emerges from virus depths

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland reopened to excited visitors Friday, marking a dramatic turnaround in a state that was so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases just four months ago that patients were being treated in gymnasiums and outdoor tents. Visitors cheered and screamed with happiness ...

Disneyland reopening marks California COVID comeback

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland swung open its gates to cheering visitors donning sequined Minnie Mouse ears and snapping selfies Friday, marking a dramatic turnaround in a state so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases just four months ago that patients were being treated in outdoor ...

Belmont County makes plans for stimulus funds

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will examine how much money local governments will receive as a result of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as well as how the funds may be distributed and invested. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There is no shortage of uses for ...

The expected COVID baby boom may be a bust

NEW YORK (AP) — When most of the U.S. went into lockdown over a year ago, some speculated that confining couples to their homes — with little to entertain them beyond Netflix — would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics suggest the opposite happened. Births have fallen ...

Belmont senior centers to get active

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s senior citizens can look forward to a step-by-step return to activities and events at area senior centers if COVID-19 cases decline as anticipated. During a report to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Senior Services Director ...

Harrison County Health Department urges residents to get vaccinated

CADIZ — More than 8,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered over four months in Harrison County with 30 percent of residents now fully vaccinated. Garen Rhome, administrator of the county health department, said around 5,000 residents received first doses and 3,600 received their ...

Vaccines offered in Belmont County schools

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul updated the county Board of Commissioners on Wednesday about COVID-19 infections and vaccination clinics at schools and reminded people to stay safe as festival plans proceed. Sproul said about 50 first doses were ...

U.S. to share AstraZeneca shots with world

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will begin sharing its entire stock of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the world once it clears federal safety reviews, the White House said Monday, with as many as 60 million doses expected to be available for export in the coming months. The move greatly ...

W.Va. offers vaccine incentives for younger residents

CHARLESTON — In order to help get over the wall of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and help incentivize eligible teenagers and young adults, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that the state could give out savings bonds in exchange for shots in arms. During his Monday COVID-19 briefing at the ...

Biden expands summer food program for 34M children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March. The Agriculture Department is announcing Monday that it will continue through the ...

Salvation Army hosts vaccines, screenings

BELLAIRE — Southeast Healthcare administered COVID-19 vaccinations to riverside residents Monday at the Salvation Army. By noon, more than 30 people were vaccinated with the Moderna version. The prior clinic April 14 vaccinated more than 70 people with a first dose. A second-dose clinic is ...

FDA: N95 masks, now plentiful, should no longer be reused

The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus. Thousands of medical providers have died in the COVID-19 ...