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W.Va. veterans travel to D.C. for Always Free Honor Flight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thirty-one veterans and their families were welcomed Wednesday to the nation's capital for the 10th Always Free Honor Flight, a program which takes veterans from West Virginia on a journey that lets them see the national monuments which were erected in their honor. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. provided each veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize their trip to Washington, D.C., which included a visit to the Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, World War … Continue Reading


Air Force Agrees to Reimburse W.Va. City for Chem Cleanup

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. (AP) - The Air Force has agreed to reimburse $4.9 million to the city of Martinsburg, West Virginia, for expenses related to the 2016 cleanup of hazardous chemicals from the city's water supply. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced the agreement Wednesday. A statement released by Capito's office says the Environmental Protection Agency identified high levels of contamination linked to chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs. The EPA… Continue Reading


Martinsburg to get $4.9M for water-supply cleanup

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The U.S. Air Force has agreed to reimburse Martinsburg $4.9 million for expenses that the city incurred in response to water-supply contamination linked to the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard, U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Wednesday. "I'm so thrilled that the Air Force has finally put forward an agreement that will help recuperate the significant costs Martinsburg incurred during the cleanup of their water supply," Capi… Continue Reading


Capito, Manchin laud Volk’s judicial nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin offered praise and support for Kanawha County lawyer and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump has nominated Volk to a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in the Southern District. Longtime District Judge John Copenhaver recently took senior status. "Based on his experience as a judge and educator and his service to our federal cour… Continue Reading


Senate Commerce Committee approves broadband legislation

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Commerce Committee approved one broadband act focused on improving connectivity efforts around the nation. The Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act was approved by this committee meaning it may now move to the full Senate to be voted on and approved. Senator Shelley Moore Capito voted to pass the bill in order to enhance broadband with and accuracy around America. "For those folks who are still in the remote areas who don't have good service, this is the… Continue Reading


Capito Among Senators Seeking Faster EPA Action On PFAS Chemical Pollution

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators including West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito this week introduced two bills aimed at further regulating a group of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals include PFOA, or C-8, used to make nonstick products and other similar chemicals used in flame retardants. They have been detected in at least 10 water systems in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Exposure has been linked to some cancers and thyroid problems at very low levels. The U.S. Envi… Continue Reading


Capito bill seeks safe drinking water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., acted on legislation Wednesday that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the Superfund law. The legislation also would require that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. Joining Capito on the legislation was Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; both are members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and the b… Continue Reading


Capito, Manchin announce funding for opioid response in rural communities

WASHINGTON - Both Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $600,000 of funding for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. According to a release from Sen. Capito's office, the funding comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and the money will support planning for prevention and treatment efforts… Continue Reading


Legislation aims to improve mental health care in emergency departments

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to improve the way patients receive care for mental illness in emergency departments. The Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act would establish a competitive grant program for emergency departments to adopt more collaborative and connected mental health care models and deploy new technology to better connect patients with appropriate resources in their communities. "With the ever-growing demands on our emergency departments… Continue Reading


Federal funding to support clinical research for neurological disorders

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $175,000 to West Virginia University (WVU) to support clinical research related to neurological disorders. "Earlier this year, I visited WVU and saw the amazing research being conducted there," said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. "I'm so glad HHS recognizes their tremendous effort and awarded WVU this grant to help them continue their valuable work related to brain traumas. WVU remains a leader in neurological … Continue Reading


Airport getting $8M for runway work

WILLIAMSTOWN - The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport's runway will be resurfaced thanks to $8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding was announced Monday afternoon in a joint release from U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., both of whom are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tri-State Airport in Huntington will also receive $10 million for runway improvements. Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport officials originally applied for $1… Continue Reading


Capito brings Girl Power to IBM

ROCKET CENTER - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) teamed up Friday with several senior IBM staff members for a day focused on female empowerment and STEM education. Eighth grade students from Capon Bridge Middle School and Romney Middle School-both in Hampshire County-traveled to Mineral County for the event, which combined Senator Capito's Girls Rise Up program and IBM's CyberDay4Girls series. While this marks the second Girls Rise Up event Senator Capito has conducted in Mineral Coun… Continue Reading


Minden declared EPA Superfund site; remedial investigation commences

MINDEN, W.Va. - More than three decades after widespread environmental contamination was discovered in the small town of Minden in Fayette County, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday the area has been added to its Superfund National Priorities List. In addition to mandated on-site environmental testing and removal of contamination, the designation will provide local residents with access to the Superfund, including possible eligibility for specialized medical care and other fede… Continue Reading


Funding for Hatfield-McCoy Trails announced

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have announced $678,344 for the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Funding will be used to expand the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System through the addition of 185 miles of trails in Lincoln, McDowell and Wyoming counties. Manchin said the trail expansion is expected to create 75 jobs and attract an expected $5 millio… Continue Reading


State DHHR to receive funding for cancer prevention, control initiatives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has allocated nearly $2.7 million for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support cancer prevention and control initiatives around the state. "Far too many West Virginians have lost loved ones to cancer," U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in the release. "While cancer treatments have made major advancements in recent decades, it is critically important that we continue investing in research and prevention … Continue Reading


Legislation aims to fund substance misuse prevention, treatment at colleges

Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would provide funding to higher education institutions to help curb rising drug abuse. The Healthier Students for Stronger Campuses Act - introduced by U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. - would help fund substance misuse prevention and treatment initiatives at colleges and universities, particularly those in rural areas. "My state has been especially hard-hit by our nation's opioid epide… Continue Reading


Small business is critical to West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - This is National Small Business Week. "Well, small business is critical to West Virginia," said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. "Actually 95% of our businesses are small." One of those, Warwood Tool, was recently named Exporter of the Year. "It's really exciting to have that little validation that says we're really growing, we're expanding," said Phillip Carl, vice president of Warwood Tool. "The name is becoming a little more prevalent in the Valley and also … Continue Reading


Senators Capito, Manchin push for passage of American Miners Act

WVVA -- Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin joined a group of bipartisan members of Congress to show their support for the American Miners Act. A news conference was held Wednesday in Washington D.C. The American Miners Act, also known as Senate Bill 27, would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 so some funds could be transferred to the 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan. That plan pays benefits to eligible retired miners, fully disabled miners an… Continue Reading


Lawmakers, miners rally in DC for pension protection legislation

MORGANTOWN - Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. David McKinley joined with other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Wednesday morning to rally outside the U.S. Capitol once again for passage of legislation to protect coal miners' pensions. The 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis. The lawmakers said the pensions of 100,000 retirees - averaging just $586 per month - are at sta… Continue Reading


New VA community outpatient clinic opens in Princeton

PRINCETON, W.Va. - Tele-health opportunities will be a large part of the new Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Princeton. Both U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito spoke at Friday's ceremony. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday with U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito on hand along with Third District Congresswoman Carol Miller. The new clinic is located at 150 Court House Road in Princeton. Capito said tele-health will open up "all kinds of services… Continue Reading

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