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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — Back in April, Congress decided to reinstate Congressionally Directed Spending for the Fiscal Year 2022, and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia could be receiving almost $6.8 million dollars after Senator Shelley Moore Capito earmarked $242 million dollars for the Mountain State.On the itemized request list released by Senator Moore Capito’s office, Shepherd University plans to use the funding for 7 projects ranging from... Read More
  • All eyes are on Joe Manchin. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, everyone wants to know how our Democratic/moderate/conservative senator plans to vote. Though Sen. Capito isn’t garnering as much attention, she plays an important role in current legislative negotiations. She led discussions with the White House on the initial bipartisan infrastructure bill.Sens. Manchin and Capito serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, allocating federal funds to government agencies and departments.... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1 million to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for maternal and child health services in the state.West Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, announced the award Wednesday.“Access to quality, affordable healthcare is vital to raising healthy children, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Manchin... Read More
  • West Virginia’s efforts to improve broadband for Mountain State residents and businesses remain a work in progress. But one thing that isn’t lacking is the financing to make it happen.With Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement on Friday that outlined the various sources of funding and how it would be used, the promise of broadband improvement is starting to look more like a reality.“This is surely a landmark day for West Virginia,” said Justice. “We’ve been... Read More
  • West Virginia Republicans are speaking out after an Illinois Democrat said their entire state is "an irrelevant part" of the national economy.Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., took the jab against the Mountain State in a comment to Politico on Monday while pushing the progressive Democrats’ Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP).Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent progressives scrambling to rework the climate agenda in the $3.5 trillion spending bill after he told the White House... Read More
  • HARPERS FERRY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.“As West Virginians, it’s important we share our state’s beauty with the world,” Senator Capito said. “Our tourism and development professionals do a wonderful job telling this story and it’s important that we support them, which is why I... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWK) – A group of U.S. Senators has sent a letter to Facebook to express their concern the social media site Instagram may promote eating disorders among its younger users.U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV.), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) say their concerns come from the testimony Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen gave to the Senate Commerce Committee. They highlighted that during that testimony, Haugen said she believes... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a letter to Facebook expressing concern that content on Instagram may promote eating disorders among young users, specifically teenagers and girls.In the letter, the senators highlighted Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee recently, noting Haugen’s belief that “Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia... Read More
  • HARPERS FERRY, W.Va, (WDVM) — Jefferson County in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle got the week off to an exciting start with a ribbon-cutting for its new visitors center.In the Mountain State’s fastest-growing region, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R – W.Va.) says the new visitors center can raise the bar for all of West Virginia.“This is where I think you can be the example for the rest of the state: how to grow… sensibly and what’s attracting... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Senate will consider this week whether to advance a sweeping voting bill that lacks Republican support.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus he will file cloture on the Freedom to Vote Act on Monday. The vote would happen Wednesday, in which 60 senators would have to agree to move forward.Democrats have made voting rights a leading issue after several Republican-led state legislatures... Read More
  • HUNTINGTON — Marshall University on Wednesday launched its new Institute for Cyber Security with a ribbon cutting ceremony.The institute will bring together hardware and software engineers, forensic scientists, cybersecurity practitioners and policy experts to address emerging needs in cybersecurity through multidisciplinary, cutting-edge research, education and outreach programs.On hand for Wednesday’s event was U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Capito helped directly support... Read More
  • West Virginia’s efforts to improve broadband for Mountain State residents and businesses remain a work in progress. But one thing that isn’t lacking is the financing to make it happen.With Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement on Friday that outlined the various sources of funding and how it would be used, the promise of broadband improvement is starting to look more like a reality.“This is surely a landmark day for West Virginia,” said Justice. “We’ve been... Read More
  • The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee learned more about the challenges of rural infrastructure at a meeting in Beckley on Thursday. The committee heard from state and regional administrators who work on water and wastewater projects, every day.Committee Chairman Tom Carper of Delaware joined ranking U.S. Senate member Shelley Moore Capito to assess drinking water and wastewater services in the region.The committee was also joined by Sen. Joe Manchin to hear from a panel... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice says the state will use $1 billion in state and federal funds in the months to come to expand broadband to some 200,000 homes and businesses.“Today I am announcing a billion dollars, a billion dollar broadband strategy,” Justice said. “It’s like nothing that we’ve ever done before.”Justice, who was joined at the announcement by the members of the state legislature and the state’s congressional delegation,... Read More
  • BECKLEY, W.Va. — Three U.S. senators spent Thursday participating in a field hearing on rural water systems and the challenges affecting current drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in West Virginia.The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held the hearing in Beckley, in which Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., listened to infrastructure leaders about needed help for rural communities with outdated systems.Sen. Joe... Read More
  • Consolidation and rate increases are key to upgrading West Virginia's aging water and sewer systems, where 30 percent of residents are unserved with drinking water and 40 percent are unserved with wastewater, experts on state infrastructure and funding told United States Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Manchin and Tom Carper during a public hearing in Beckley on Thursday.A declining population, aging work force, lack of technology and a lack of adequate infrastructure maps are among the... Read More
  • BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) – U.S. Senators Tom Carper, (D) Delaware, Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia, and Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia, attended a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee field hearing on water and wastewater infrastructure in Beckley on Thursday.All three are working on a 550 billion dollar infrastructure bill that is now under consideration in the House of Representatives. At Thursday's hearing, the lawmakers heard from state experts on how money from the... Read More
  • BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — It’s no question access to clean water and good broadband is an issue in West Virginia. However, help is on the way.Federal representatives met Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Beckley to discuss improvements to water and broadband infrastructure. Senators Shelly Moore Capito, Joe Manchin and Delaware Senator Tom Carper met with a panel of representatives in water infrastructure and treatment on ways to provide clean water and broadband to rural areas in the state.... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — West Virginia is ready to go on broadband expansion projects as soon as the federal government releases American Rescue Plan funds, while the Federal Communications Commission announced that Bridgeport-based Citynet will receive support for its rural broadband plans.West Virginia lawmakers received an update on broadband projects Sunday during the first day of October legislative interim meetings one day before the start of a special session for congressional and statehouse... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $293,244 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Grow Ohio Valley as part of the urban Agriculture Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program. This funding will support the utilization of the Big Wheeling Agrarian Center as a training and demonstration farm to support new urban farmers.“West Virginia’s farms play an... Read More