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10.12.18

Kleeh Confirmed as Federal Judge for West Virginia's Northern District

WASHINGTON - Morgantown attorney Tom Kleeh has been confirmed as a federal judge for West Virginia's Northern District. Kleeh, who previously worked in Steptoe & Johnson's labor and employment group, is replacing senior status judge Irene Keeley. He worked in the firm's Charleston office before moving to the Morgantown location. "Since President Trump nominated Tom, I have been impressed by the amount of support he has received in all corners of West Virginia's legal community," said Sen. Sh… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Kleeh Confirmed as Federal Judge for Northern District of West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney Thomas H. Kleeh has been confirmed by the Senate as U.S. district judge for Northern West Virginia. The vote was 65-30. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., recommended Kleeh for the position and introduced him at his confirmation hearing in April. "I recommended Tom to President Trump because of his exceptional qualifications and his outstanding reputation," Capito said in a statement. "As I've said since he was first nominated, I have no doubt that Tom will be a fair… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Tom Kleeh Confirmed to Replace Senior Status Judge Irene Keeley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tom Kleeh has been confirmed as a District Judge, replacing senior status judge Irene Keeley. Kleeh, a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in the firm's labor and employment group, is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law. "Since President Trump nominated Tom, I have been impressed by the amount of support he has received in all corners of West Virginia's legal community," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said. The Senate voted 65-30 to confirm Kleeh, who g… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Senator Capito Visits the Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito stopped by Martinsburg High School where she discussed government with students. Sen. Capito spoke about courts and appeals, and discussed the process of nominating supreme court justices, including the recent justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Students weighed in on the decision surrounding his nomination. "Due to his past experiences Brett Kavanaugh is pretty qualified, but mostly due to what's happened now it's just become such a divisive conflict… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Bipartisan Bill Would Ease Red Tape for Outdoor Recreation

A new bipartisan Senate bill aims to streamline the permit process for the outdoor recreation industry to boost access to public lands. The "Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act" would help for-profit commercial outfitters, mountain guides and nonprofit youth groups by eliminating some of the federal red tape associated with enjoying and doing business on public lands and directing agencies to issue permits faster. New Mexico Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and West Virginia Re… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Legislation Introduced to Designate New River Gorge as National Park

Legislation was introduced last week in the U.S. Senate which would change the New River Gorge's designation from the "New River Gorge National River" to the "New River Gorge National Park." The designation currently includes more than 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River. The legislation, aims to encourage tourism and boost the region's economy. "The New River Gorge is a special part of West Virginia and a real source of pride for our state," U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said … Continue Reading


10.10.18

Senator Capito Shares Possible Improvements to Water Infrastructure Projects

WEST VIRGINIA - Senator Capito says she is in favor of America's Water Infrastructure Act because she believes it improves water infrastructure all over the country. Those improvements include increasing water storage and maintaining inland waterways. Sen. Capito also hopes that the improvements will ensure clean drinking water for the eastern panhandle. Now that the bill has passed, she says everyone's focus should be directed at funding the future projects. "It will help us with systems," Cap… Continue Reading


10.09.18

Editorial: Protecting Children

Here is a troubling statistic to consider when discussing the opioid crisis. Of the 800 open child abuse and neglect cases in Mercer County, almost 600 of those investigations include a level of associated drug abuse. Besides that, more than 50 percent of the 700 monthly managed supervised visitations between parents and children in the county have drug endangerment issues. That amounts to more than 350 visitations each month in the county that have to be supervised, according to Mercer County C… Continue Reading


10.05.18

Bipartisan Opioid Legislation Heads to Trump's Desk

HUNTINGTON - In an act of bipartisanship, Congress has sent a comprehensive opioid legislation package to the desk of President Donald Trump. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a combination of several smaller pieces of legislation sponsored by hundreds of lawmakers, including pieces sponsored by West Virginia's delegation. The bill passed the House of Representatives 393 to 8 last week and the Senate 98-1 Wednesday. A major aspect of the bill, as reported by the Washington Post, is… Continue Reading


10.04.18

U.S. Senate Approves Opioid Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., applauded the final passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which was approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon in a 98-1 vote. The bill will now go to the White House for the president's signature. The bill includes a wide range of legislative solutions that aim to strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic. "The SUPPORT Act is a meaningful step in our ongoing effort to combat the opioid… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Bipartisan Opioid Legislation Heads to President's Desk

HUNTINGTON - In an act of bipartisanship, Congress has sent a comprehensive opioid legislation package to the desk of President Donald Trump. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a combination of several smaller pieces of legislation sponsored by hundreds of lawmakers, including pieces sponsored by West Virginia's delegation. The bill passed the House of Representatives 393 to 8 last week and the Senate 98-1 Wednesday. A major aspect of the bill, as reported by the Washington Post, is… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Sen. Capito Requests New Designation for the New River Gorge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS) - A bill was introduced to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 to change the designation of the New River Gorge. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) presented the legislation. If passed, the New River Gorge National River would become New River Gorge National Park. It includes more than 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River. The area extends from Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. "The New River Gorge is a special part of West Virginia and a rea… Continue Reading


10.03.18

US Senate Approves Opioid Package, Now Awaits Trump’s Signature

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed on Wednesday a legislative package with multiple measures aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act includes efforts to improve communication between medical personnel and patients, support for developing non-opioid pain treatment, funding for programs that offer trauma-informed care for youth and new policies on Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid payments can go toward covering neonatal abstinence syndro… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Capito Introduces Bill to Designate New River Gorge a National Park

The New River Gorge National River would become New River Gorge National Park, under a bill introduced on Tuesday by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. The re-designation as a national park would not change the way the 72,808-acre preserve of canyons, cliffs, forested plateaus and whitewater rapids is currently managed, with hunting, rafting, fishing, bicycling and Bridge Day BASE-jumping permitted as "traditional" uses of the land. The New River Gorge National River has been a unit of the Natio… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Legislation Introduced to Designate New River Gorge as a National Park

Legislation was introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate which would change the New River Gorge's designation from the "New River Gorge National River" to the "New River Gorge National Park." The designation currently includes more than 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River, stretching from the Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., aims to encourage tourism and boost the region's economy. "The New River Gorge is a… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Capito, Manchin Reveal DOJ Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Monday, announced $5,583,112 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Justice. Funding will support services for children adversely impacted by the opioid crisis and its related crime, as well as for those currently struggling with addiction. It will also support the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault crimes, and improve engagement with victims. "Every cor… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Grant Awarded for Economic Study of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport south of Martinsburg was awarded $22,500 in federal funds to complete an economic-impact study for the airfield, U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Monday. The purpose of the study is to assess the economic value that the airport has on the local and regional economy of the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding area, the senators said in a news release. The funding award was among $301,811 in U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Northfork Fire Department to Receive $53,000 from Federal Grants

NORTHFORK - A McDowell County fire department is among more than a dozen departments across West Virginia that are sharing more than $3.2 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency, a senator announced Monday. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said $3,258,095 for several fire departments in West Virginia. Funding comes through the Assistance to Firefighters Gr… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Editorial: Black Lung Disease

President Donald Trump has signed into law an important bipartisan amendment that aims to increase coal miner participation in a national program that detects black lung disease. The hope is that by improving outreach efforts, more miners will be screened thus improving the chances of doctors catching cases of black lung early. The bipartisan measure - a rarity nowadays in Washington - was backed by a number of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., U.S. Senator Joe Manchi… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Lewisburg, Talcott Receive Grants for Rural Economic Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded grants for rural economic development projects in Lewisburg and Talcott. Specifically, the Greenbrier County Health Alliance in Lewisburg will receive $50,000 for the development of the Local Foods Skill Center and Waste Not Produce Market. Funds from this grant award will be used to support personnel costs, supplies and contractual expenses. The project is expected to assist a minimum of three businesses/farmers and create sixteen jobs in th… Continue Reading

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