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11.26.19

Senator Capito nominates 32 West Virginia high school students for admission to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Monday announced U.S. Service Academy nominations for 32 qualified high school seniors from 16 counties in West Virginia. Among those nominated were four students from Wood and Jackson counties. One student was nominated for two service academies. A board chosen by Capito reviewed each nominee's application, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations. "Reviewing service academy applications each year leaves me so inspired," Capito said.… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Funding for telehealth and online education

Washington - U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced two grants totaling $437,436 to support telehealth and distance learning projects. Funding is provided by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "West Virginians, particularly those who live in our smaller communities, often find themselves far removed from critical services. This USDA grant money will address two issues exacerbated by that geographical isolat… Continue Reading


11.25.19

$49 million for rural water infrastructure allocated for W.Va.

Washington - U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced two loan and grant combinations totaling $49,299,000 to support water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Funding is provided by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "These are big investments for big projects," Capito said. "The Lewisburg project includes upgrades that will benefit more than 4,700 residential and commercial users. The waterline projects… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Senator Capito nominates 32 West Virginia high school students for admission to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON (WDTV)-- U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito announced U.S. Service Academy nominations for 32 qualified high school seniors from 16 counties in West Virginia on Monday. According to a press release from Senator Capito's office, a board chosen by the senator reviewed each nominee's application, interviewed candidates and made recommendations. "Reviewing service academy applications each year leaves me so inspired," Capito said. "These young men and women represent the best and brightest… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Infrastructure for West Virginia broadband expanding

CHARLESTON - The ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony was held last week at Tamarack to commemorate the beginning of a major broadband development project to expand internet infrastructure throughout West Virginia. Facebook through its subsidiary Middle Mile Infrastructure is building a high-capacity fiber optic cable network crossing a portion of West Virginia as part of the company's larger network infrastructure project from Virginia to Ohio. The New River Project as it is called by Facebook re… Continue Reading


11.22.19

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Gary Peters introduce diabetes bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS)- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 that aims to reduce health care cost for individuals at risk for diabetes and save long-term costs for Medicare. The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act will extend Medicare coverage for medical therapy services to Americans with pre-diabetes and risk factors and save long-term care cost for Medicare. "With diabetics spending more than twice as m… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Manchin, Capito push lawmakers to fund miners’ pensions, health care

Editor's note: Senator Manchin's proposed amendment was not part of continuing resolution that passed the Senate Thursday night. There was also no such amendment considered by the House earlier this week. CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's two U.S. senators have a message for Congress: fund the pensions and health care for thousands of coal miners before the year ends. On the last voting day before December, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V.a., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., spoke Thursday on t… Continue Reading


11.19.19

W.Va. political leaders hope to save Minor League Baseball teams

BLUEFIELD - The Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays are two of the teams in Minor League Baseball that are on the chopping block under a new proposal from Major League Baseball. The current Professional Baseball Agreement between the MLB and MiLB expires at the end of the 2020 season and the two sides are in discussions that could alter the minors landscape. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have talked and are planning to meet soon to discuss the proposal that w… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Capito introduces bills to spur rural broadband investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced two bipartisan bills to help states, cities and towns spur investment in rural broadband projects. The Rural Broadband Financing Flexibility Act, led by Capito and co-sponsored by Hassan, would allow state and local governments to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance public-private rural broadband projects, and allow the federal governm… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Local, state leaders gather to create solutions to southern West Virginia issues

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The first-ever Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference was such a success in 2018 that leaders from the West Virginia Community Development Hub, Coalfield Development and Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia decided to do it again and keep it going in future years. More than 120 individuals from different walks of life including higher education, state offices and southern West Virginia business leaders gathered in South Charleston on Mond… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Groundbreaking held on Facebook plan to expand W.Va. broadband internet

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A groundbreaking has been held on Facebook's plan to expand broadband internet in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and others attended a ceremony Monday in Beckley. Facebook is building a fiber optic cable network in a portion of West Virginia through a subsidiary, Middle Mile Infrastructure. The New River Project is part of the company's larger efforts to install cable from Virginia to Ohio through the Kanawha Valley. The governor's office s… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Gov. Justice, Sen. Capito join Facebook for ground breaking

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice joined representatives from Facebook, along with United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito, United States Congresswoman Carol Miller, and other state leaders at Tamarack Monday for a ceremonial groundbreaking event to commemorate the beginning of a major broadband development project that will expand internet infrastructure throughout West Virginia. Facebook, through its subsidiary Middle Mile Infrastructure, is building a high capacity fiber optic cable network, c… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Facebook comes to West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice joined Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Congresswoman Carol Miller, local leaders and representatives from Facebook on Monday morning at Tamarack to ceremonially "break ground" on Facebook's plans to build a 600-mile fiber optic cable from Ohio to Virginia. The cable will cut through West Virginia for 275 miles. Construction was to begin on Monday in Ashburn, Va., according to statements made Monday by Miller and Kelley Moore, Capito's press secretary. The move will provide the st… Continue Reading


11.17.19

Editorial: Miner's Act

Some retired coal miners in West Virginia and Virginia could lose their health care benefits by the year's end if Congress does not act upon the American Miner's Act, a necessary measure backed by the region's congressional delegation in Washington. The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate this month by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and U.S Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


11.15.19

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


11.12.19

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


11.12.19

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


11.11.19

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


11.11.19

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


11.11.19

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

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