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W.Va. community and technical college system awarded $4 million federal labor grant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The nine-college West Virginia Community and Technical College System, including Blue Ridge CTC near Martinsburg, is getting a nearly $4 million federal apprenticeship grant. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor, will support Apprenticeships in Motion, which will train and place apprentices in middle-to high-skilled IT occupations. "Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is pleased to participate in this innovative grant which will further strengthen the partners… Continue Reading


NASA’s Katherine Johnson continuing to influence young minds of West Virginia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - With the recent re-dedication of its Fairmont facility, NASA is teaching young West Virginians that the sky is not the limit. NASA's Independent Verification & Validation Facility was renamed Tuesday to honor the career of Greenbrier County native Katherine Johnson. Johnson, born in White Sulphur Springs in 1918, is a renowned NASA mathematician, most well-known for her involvement in the orbital missions of Alan Shepard and John Glenn. "I think she's inspiring generations … Continue Reading


Capito Leadership Making Difference (Editorial)

Some members of Congress who have been vocal in wringing their hands over the humanitarian crisis among people coming across our southern border into the United States seem to be among those reluctant to do anything about it. Good for U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, for forging a bipartisan consensus on the matter. Capito is chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. In that post, she helped to engineer a 30-1 subcommittee vote in favor of providing… Continue Reading


Capito: Iran must be taken seriously

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito said Friday she respects the caution being exercised by President Donald Trump in his decision to pull back a military response to Iran but what Iran does shouldn't be taken lightly. "Iran is a terrorist nation. They want to kill America and we've got to take them seriously and make sure they know we mean business," Capito told MetroNews during an appearance in Charleston Friday. Capito said she hopes Americans realize that Iran is a threat… Continue Reading


Capito explains support for new emissions policy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said the Trump administration's latest rule on limiting carbon dioxide emissions is a reasonable approach to reducing pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency last week issued the final version of the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 35% from 2005 levels. The rule is less strict than the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan by giving states more control over how… Continue Reading


Rappelers bring attention to anti-racism campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than 70 people, including multiple public figures, have gone or will go "over the edge" this weekend in an effort to help a Charleston organization's efforts regarding racism. YWCA Charleston's "Over the Edge" event began Friday; people rappelled down the 18-story BB&T Square Tower in downtown Charleston to raise awareness for the organization's Campaign to End Racism. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and her husband Charles, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin, W… Continue Reading


Pitch book unveiled by Charleston-Huntington metro leaders to promote Opportunity Zones

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Representatives from all over the Charleston-Huntington metro area were on hand in the capital city on Friday morning for an announcement that they hope will benefit everyone. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin, and South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens spoke at the announcement of an 'Opportunity Zone' collaboration with Advantage Valley. Part of the presser unveiled a "pitch book" that promotes 13 Opportunity Zo… Continue Reading


Advantage Valley pitch book showcasing regional opportunity zones unveiled

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and the mayors of Charleston, South Charleston and Huntington promoted the Advantage Valley regional pitch book, which showcases 13 Opportunity Zones and 20 investment opportunities in the region, during an event Friday in Charleston. The pitch book describes the region and its economic opportunities, highlights the competitive advantages of its key localities and their Opportunity Zones and identifies 20-plus development projects ready for investment. It ca… Continue Reading


Editorial: "Girls Rise up" campaign good for state

Most West Virginians would agree that old, illogical barriers to women in many careers ought to be lowered, we feel certain. Yet in some ways, we still have a long way to go in gender equality. One study, by the Wallet Hub people who specialize in state-by-state ratings, ranked West Virginia 42nd in the nation for women's economic and social wellbeing. That is why U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's "Girls Rise Up" campaign is so important. Capito, R-W.Va., launched her initiative in 2015. She has … Continue Reading


Capito, Manchin place among most bipartisan in ranking

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's two senators are among the most bipartisan legislators to serve in the United States Senate in recent history, according to rankings released last week. The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University published the lifetime scores of 250 senators who served between January 1993 and December 2018. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were ranked in the top 5% in the chamber's lifetime bipartisan index… Continue Reading


W.Va. senators fare well in bipartisanship rankings

PARKERSBURG - Three U.S. senators from West Virginia and Ohio are in the top 12 among 250 senators measured on bipartisanship, according to a report jointly issued by the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The updated Bipartisan Index rankings released on June 11 of senators who have served since 1993 measures to what degree the lawmakers work to cross party lines, The index ranked Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., seventh. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W… Continue Reading


Capito: Martinsburg reimbursement could be example nationwide

MARTINSBURG - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she believes the solving of water issues and the reimbursement commitment for the cleanup efforts in Martinsburg could become an example for other communities dealing with similar issues. The City of Martinsburg will receive $4,915,628 from the United States Air Force for expenses related to the cleanup of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances - or PFAS - found in the city's water supply in 2016. The Martinsburg City Council on Thurs… Continue Reading


Capito addresses immigration on Senate floor

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito made headlines Thursday after addressing the Senate floor about the border. Capito spoke on the need of funding for relief, shelter and comfort for migrants, a high priority for Division of Homeland Security. "Immigration is a very difficult issue in this country," said Sen. Capito. "It is divisive and very politized right now and it shouldn't be because what we're looking at is a humanitarian crisis." Before Capito took the Senate floor, she sent out a… Continue Reading


Capito, Haley bring WV Girls Rise Up event to Charleston

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., encouraged a room full of Girl Scouts to be confident in themselves at her first West Virginia Girls Rise Up event in Charleston on Monday. "I've talked to girls all over the state about how I think it's important that we have more girls leading," Capito said. "It's important that we have more women's voices at the highest level, whether you're in the state, federal, in the legal profession. We are underrepresented." In 2015, after she became the first female … Continue Reading


W.Va. Black Lung Clinics to Receive $1.9 Million

Nearly $2 million in federal funds will be awarded to West Virginia to help support the state's black lung clinics. West Virginia is expected to receive $1,954,576 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin made the announcement in a Friday news release. The funding will support the West Virginia Black Lung Clinics Program, which aims to provide primary and specialized health care services for coal miners and their families. These clinics… Continue Reading


EPA awards funding for safe drinking water in West Virginia

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allocated $30,000 for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to ensure the safety of drinking water. Specifically, the funding will help protect underground water sources from waste and pollutants in southern West Virginia. "Clean water and fresh air for West Virginians has always been a top priority of mine," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "By protecting our underground water sources, we are able to take steps forward in ens… Continue Reading


Sen. Capito and Nikki Haley bring WV Girls Rise Up Program to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK)- In 2015 Senator Shelley Moore Capito started the program West Virginia Girls Rise Up to empower young girls through education, physical fitness and self-confidence. On Monday she brought the program to Charleston and she didn't come alone, with her was former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. "We really just want the girls to know that if they push through the fear they'll end up so much stronger on the other side and you don't know what you can accomplish if you don't push t… Continue Reading


Capito Op-Ed: Driving Investment in our Communities

Since passing the tax cuts legislation, West Virginians are really seeing the benefits. I've heard from so many individuals, families, and small businesses in communities all across our state about the ways they've benefited from tax reform.But when we passed that legislation, it wasn't just about the benefits. It was also about creating opportunities.One of the provisions in the tax cuts bill-a provision I was very proud to co-sponsor-created something called Opportunity Zones, which will help … Continue Reading


Capito Op-Ed: Alzheimer’s disease is devastating families—We must make it a national priority

Health care is a subject that remains front and center in so many of our national conversations and debates. It's a leading talking point among 2020 presidential candidates. It continues to poll as a top concern among the American public. And it's something I hear about regularly from constituents back home in West Virginia. Much of the talk related to health care issues has to do with flashier or more controversial topics such as "Medicare for All" or prescription drug prices, and there are goo… Continue Reading


Corridor H work gets major boost with two Friday announcements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Upgrades to Corridor H are getting a boost with two announcements on Friday. A $100 million grant for the West Virginia Division of Highways was announced by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects. The funding will support the completion of Corridor H, specifically, an interchange at the junction of Corridor H and WV Route 72, along with 4.6 miles of roadway an… Continue Reading

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