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Steve Novotney Says, "JITH Not Dead, but on Life Support"

We collectively hated the whole "Jambo Country" proposal so much a former Belmont County commissioner rolled into meeting wearing his cowboy hat and pulling his red cooler as social media ...
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Steve Novotney says, "It's One Week Away"

It's a constitutional right that, unfortunately, far too many fail to exercise when an election day arrives on the calendar. The government implemented early voting in an attempt to increase ...
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Steve Novotney says, "I-70 Projects in Doubt"

" The bids we received were too high and we cannot afford to award contracts if we can't justify the higher cost," said W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice on the first day of September. " So, ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Seidler First to Step Up"

Wheeling Island resident Ben Seidler already announced on "Steve Novotney Live" that he's running to become the Wheeling council representative in Ward 2, a district that includes the ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Grizzly Could Help His Poodle"

So, now W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice is entering press conferences like Hulk Hogan once did at Wesbanco Arena minus, that is, the pyrotechnics. "Hype videos," as labeled by Del. Shawn Fluharty ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "A Senator and His Party"

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a decision that was based on his political longevity. The career taxpayer-paid lawmaker voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh and to extend his dependence on the ...
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Howard's Commentary - Seriously, Just Stop It

Social media is a great way to share, vent, and debate. But I have noticed lately it's becoming the venue of bitch by the lightly aggrieved. There are always restaurants with occasional bad food, ...
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Howard's Commentary - Do We Learn or Just Keep Digging Deeper?

As WV wrestles with its budget crisis, can we learn from other states efforts? Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy was with us on The Watchdog Morning Show and says ...
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Howard's Commentary - You'll Miss Us When We're Gone

Members of the press are like lawyers: everyone hates us until they need us. If we ask questions of officials you think are doing a good job, we're called partisan. If we aren't aggressive ...
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Howard's Commentary - Be Realistic About Parking

City leaders need to address reality as it as and not how they want it to be. Wheeling council's recent increase in overtime parking fines won't do any harm but won't make much difference ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Mall Memories and the Future"

Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas explains the current retail crunch in the country very well, and he doesn't make any excuses. Stores are closing at the Ohio Valley mall -- some big ones ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "A Good Deal That Falls Short"

While I am pleased with Wheeling Council's decision to offer American Legion Post 89 a "last chance," I do not believe the terms of the agreement went far enough. As an East Wheeling ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "It Is That Powerful"

How bad is heroin? So, I heard a story recently about a hospitalized woman who needed surgery to survive, and during her time at the facility the staff discovered that she brought with her everything ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Help Health; Don't Hurt the Economy"

It is likely none of them have lived paycheck-to-paycheck, and if they have during their respective lifetimes, it was a number of years ago. In Ohio County, we have a medical supply business owner, a ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Two-Way Is the Right Way"

They've never been that way. They've always been one way. And that's, well, one-way. Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott mentioned several times during his campaign that he believes ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Alter OVRTA Schedules"

The city manager of Wheeling delivered some good news a little more than a week ago on the Watchdog Network. The headline? " Conversation Taking Place Concerning Bus Schedule in Wheeling." ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "It's All in the 'Word Cloud'"

The second question listed on the online survey offered by Wheeling's ad-hoc Retention and Recruitment Committee was this: "Outside of improving the availability of jobs and affordable ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "To Veto or Not To?"

There's no gambling at The Highlands in Ohio County. Never has been. The Perkins Restaurant in Wheeling has a limited video lottery parlor, and so do most bars and restaurants in the Friendly City ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Is He Herman Munster?"

At least during my formidable years the American president has served as something of a father figure beginning with Jimmy Carter and then Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Carter, when I entered ...
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Howard's Commentary - "Meet 'cha At The Cork"

I was more of an Alpha beer drinker in my high school, college, and early working days. I would occasionally foray downtown but stayed mainly "Out The Pike". Alpha, Macs, Whistlestop. But ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Here's What We Do Know"

But what is really going to follow the Health Plan anyway? No one worked inside the old Stone & Thomas building for a few years, but even now that more than 500 folks walk through the doors each ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "I'm Going to Eat It Anyway"

So, it didn't happen again. Not even a flake. Although it wasn't the storm that crushed the East Coast this week, the National Weather Service predicted initially 4-7 inches for these parts ...
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Howard's Commentary - Who Has the Vision?

How long will WV GOP put the politics of personal destruction ahead of the welfare of the state and the benefit of its working men and women? Governor Jim Justice--and Justice alone--has developed a ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Want Uber? Here's How."

It's a fun slogan to chant – "38 is Great!" An Uber official already has explained to Wheeling officials that the city does not possess the population density the company requires. ...
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Howard's Commentary - Leadership is Expected to LEAD

We now have an outline of the WV GOP leadership budget—and it is as expected. "Cut and cower" until some magic event makes everything right. Public ed, higher ed, DHHR among those to ...
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