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Groundbreaking held for water/sewage project at MC Air Transportation Park

VARNEY - After years of work, the Mingo County Air Transportation Park made a big step closer to completion Friday afternoon. Officials and development partners celebrated the groundbreaking of the water/sewage holding tank infrastructure project Friday afternoon at the site at Oldfield Branch, near Varney, on WV Route 52/14, also known as Mystery Mountain Road. "Today we are commemorating the start of construction. It's a long-awaited start of construction of the water line extension and the in… Continue Reading


Corridor H contract awarded

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that a contract has been awarded for another 4-mile section of Corridor H to be completed, which will bring the highway closer to Parsons. The contract, through the governor's Roads to Prosperity program, has been awarded to Kokosing Construction Company, which submitted the low bid of $175.6 million. The project marks the second out of five phases of work that will be done to enhance Corridor H from Kerens to Parsons in eastern West Virginia. The s… Continue Reading


Senator Capito announces Air Force agreement to reimburse Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG,W.Va. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito announced Martinsburg will receive a reimbursement of $4.9 million for a water supply clean-up. "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," Capito said. The reimbursement is for expenses related to the 2016 cleanup in which high levels of harmful chemicals (PFAS) were found within the city's water. In 201… Continue Reading


Sen. Capito tours opportunity zones in Charleston

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and federal officials were in the state capitol Monday to promote a public-private program meant to spur investment and economic opportunity in struggling regions in West Virginia. Capito was joined by Scott Turner, executive director of the White House's Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on a walking tour of Opportunity Zones in the Charleston central business district. Last summer, Capito and … Continue Reading


Capito: New wireless communication project to benefit many in Preston County

KINGWOOD, W.Va. - No one in America today should be unable to call emergency services, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Wednesday, as she stopped in Preston County to promote a national initiative to improve cellular communications for emergency services and private users. FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority, is a wireless communications platform created by Congress to help first responders across the nation. In times of critical need, the network gives priority access to first respon… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate passes Capito-led bill aimed at curbing robocalls

A bill aimed at curbing annoying and sometimes predatory robocalls cleared the U.S. Senate on Thursday and is on its way to the House of Representatives. The bill is S 151, the TRACED Act, short for Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was one of the original four sponsors of the 2018 version of the bill. One of her co-sponsors, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., sponsored this one. Including Capito and Sen. Joe Manchin. D-W.Va., it has 84 co-sp… Continue Reading


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

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