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Federal Communications Commission Chairman speaks on broadband access during W.Va. visit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was in West Virginia on Friday -- his first visit to the state in several years. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was in Charleston, meeting with members of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association, discussing various topics including the importance of broadband coverage in the state. WSAZ was part of the event. "We are in here in West Virginia to talk about the importance of communications technology to folks across the … Continue Reading


Local Vietnam Veterans Honored in Pinning Ceremony

CHARLESTON - For several veterans of the Vietnam War, Veterans Day was not just about celebrating their service to the country, but receiving extra recognition for an unpopular war. In a ceremony Monday in Charleston, 19 Vietnam veterans were awarded the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Each veteran received a pin and a letter from President Donald Trump. "When you came home, you didn't get a welcome home like our heroes from World War II or other combat arena… Continue Reading


Sen. Capito honors Veterans who never got proper welcome home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) - Immediately following the program that followed the Veterans Day parade in Charleston, West Virginia, Senator Shelley Moore Capito held a ceremony to honor the Vietnam Veterans that didn't get the proper welcome home. "From a great nation, we thank you, we honor you, we welcome you home." Those were the words that she said to each of the around 25 Vietnam veterans that she placed a pin on. "When the Vietnam veteran came home in the 60's or 70's they were not welcome … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Capito announces EDA Infrastructure Grants

SCOTT DEPOT - Flanked by red, white and blue Peterbilt semi-trucks, more than $7 million in federal grant funding for infrastructure projects around the state was announced Monday in an awards ceremony in Putnam County by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. "We're announcing today another substantial round of projects," Capito said. "We have people who have driven quite some ways to be here on Veterans Day to get the good news and get the check." Capito was joined by John Fleming, assistant… Continue Reading


Over seven million dollars in EDA grants coming to West Virginia

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (WOWK)- On Monday U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito was joined in West Virginia by Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary Dr. John Fleming to announce eight grants for projects across West Virginia. The grants total around seven million dollars. "… West Virginia is finally getting its fair share to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurship where small businesses and communities can thrive. I was glad to host Assistant Secretary Fleming today in West V… Continue Reading


Capito Op-Ed: EDA plays vital role in WV

As West Virginia looks to grow economically, a key partner will continue to be the Economic Development Administration, also known as the EDA.This federal agency makes targeted investments in local communities and partners with leaders on the ground.But, this was not always the case.Before I was elected to the United States Senate, the EDA did not play an active role in West Virginia, which is odd when you consider that West Virginia has no shortage of economic development and infrastructure nee… Continue Reading


Capito, Rosen introduce Bipartisan Broadband Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), both members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the introduction of their Broadband Parity Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring all federal broadband programs to the current definition of what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines as high-speed internet (currently 25/3 Mbps). Their bill would ensure that all communities and entities receiving fe… Continue Reading


Bipartisan deal reached to preserve miners' pensions

CHARLESTON - A bipartisan agreement has been reached on a bill to help shore up the pension plan for miners, West Virginia's two U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said there was bipartisan support for the Bipartisan American Miners Act 2019, introduced Wednesday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., adding his name as a co-sponsor Tuesday night. "It is really a good day because it's a very unusual day in Washington whe… Continue Reading


WV's Capito calls for release of information on Veterans Affairs sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Senators, including one representing West Virginia, have sent a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requesting the release of information related to allegations of sexual misconduct. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was joined by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in making the request of VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, according to a release from Capito's office. Two specific incidents form the basis for the senators' request. The VA Office of the Inspe… Continue Reading


Republican senators demand answers on 'alarming' sexual misconduct at VA

Two Republican senators are demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs on "alarming" reports of sexual misconduct at VA. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., sent a letter to Secretary Robert Wilkie calling for information to "identify gaps in VA's policies, prevent reoccurrence of such incidents and hold perpetrators accountable." "The recent incidents indicate that there may be lingering issues within VA policies, procedure and system that must be resolved… Continue Reading


Federal grant forwarding $20 million to major I-64 project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A major construction project on Interstate 64 in Kanawha and Putnam counties is picking up some key federal funding. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Wednesday the Nitro Interstate 64 bridge and widening project has been chosen for a U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant in the amount of $20 million. "Commuters along I-64 know how congested the Nitro-St. Albans bridge section is every morning and evening. Modern surface transportation infras… Continue Reading


Major breakthrough for coal miner pension protection

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) - It appears the sun is shining on the coal industry, with the announcement of an agreement on a bill in Congress to rescue pensions for 100-thousand coal miners, retirees and widows. For years, pension protection for miners was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But now he's signed on to a bipartisan bill, that has wide Appalachian support in Congress. "We have Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. I think this really sends a message that we're … Continue Reading


Deal reached to shore up miners pensions; McConnell on board

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 100,000 retired coal miners, future retirees and their families are encouraged about a breakthrough in congressional legislation to protect their pension and healthcare benefits. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the joint announcement of the Bi-Partisan American Miners Act of 2019 on Wednesday. "We're going to be able to secure the pensions of 92,000 coal miners and protect the healthcare benefits of 15,000 miners and their fam… Continue Reading


WV's Sen. Capito, Rep. Mooney work to secure funding for Corridor H completion

WASHINGTON - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Alex Mooney, both R-W.Va., have undertaken an effort aimed at securing funding required to complete the final leg of the Corridor H project. A pair of mirroring bills, introduced by Capito in the Senate and by Mooney in the House of Representatives, would create the "Aid Appalachia Act." The act, which would amend section 23 of U.S. Code, would allow states with excess funding marked for Appalachian Highway System development to exchange those fund… Continue Reading


CAPITO OP-ED: Federal act lifts W.Va. communities

Huntington knows all too well that West Virginia has struggled with the opioid crisis longer than most states. While that reality has been tough, it has also helped us become a leader in fighting back.West Virginia has become ground zero for recovery efforts. We've tried a lot of innovative things. Some have worked, and others we need to improve on. It's these lessons and insights that enabled me to help shape groundbreaking legislation Congress passed and President Trump signed into law one yea… Continue Reading


Manchin, Capito announce funding to support maternal and child health services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant totaling $877,630 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to support maternal and child health services across the state. Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "Access to healthcare is essential for all West Virginians and will ensure a brighter future for us and our future generatio… Continue Reading


Capito introduces bill investing in water infrastructure, a problem largely ignored at state level

As West Virginia's water infrastructure ages and deteriorates after a decade of inaction by state officials, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced a bill to Congress Wednesday that would provide resources for small water systems nationwide to improve facilities. The Assuring Quality Water Infrastructure Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill introduced with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. The six page bill proposes amending the Safe Drinking Water Act to include a provision creating a grant prog… Continue Reading


WV's Sens. Manchin, Capito secure more than $3 million to combat youth homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Tuesday that $3,364,003 had been allocated to combat children and youth homelessness in West Virginia. "There are more than 10,500 homeless children and youth in West Virginia. This is an unfortunate and unacceptable issue we are facing," Manchin said. "Ensuring that our children have a safe, stable and comfortable place to sleep at night is essential to… Continue Reading


Software company to bring more than 100 jobs to West Virginia

Infor is a company that runs cloud applications for both local and federal government organizations. They also work with government contractors. The new Charleston office will bring more than 100 jobs to the state. West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin attended the event at Charleston's Laidley Tower. Senator Capito said, "This is such a tremendous opportunity for Charleston-not only to showcase that the city is a great place for tech investment and that we have the workfor… Continue Reading


High-tech giant Infor opens office in Charleston with 100 jobs

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) - Infor held a grand opening at its Downtown Charleston office in Laidley Tower Monday. Infor is a cloud-based software management company based in New York City, employing 17,000 people worldwide. It soon hopes to have 100 people hired locally, most of them from West Virginia. "We would love to hire locally. For us, we kind of see that folks get trained here and they leave the state. Our goal would be to get folks from universities and schools, keep them working in Wes… Continue Reading

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