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Capito Hosts Military Academies Panel

About 40 students from across West Virginia gathered Sunday afternoon to learn more about the country's military academies and keys to being accepted at the highly competitive schools. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., moderated the event with representatives from several U.S. military academies and state universities' ROTC programs. Capito explained more and more responsibilities are being placed on the military, requiring strong leadership and intelligence. She said West Virginia students … Continue Reading


Report: Berkeley County Heroin Deaths Mirror Baltimore City

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - According to a new report released by the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Rrafficking Area (HIDTA), Berkeley County has it's hands full of heroin. "We knew we had this problem, so we were not surprised of the results," said Berkeley County Councilperson Dan Dulyea. "[Obviously, we were] very disappointed that it came out the way that it did, but not at all surprised." Even though Berkeley County's population is only a little over 100,000 people, the report shows t… Continue Reading


Congressmen Against New EPA Statute

WASHINGTON - A new ozone rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency to improve health and well-being will lead to higher energy costs, local congressional representatives said. The rule amends the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion. Generally a problem in the spring and summer months, pollution such as that from automobiles, power and industrial plants react with sunlight and creates ozone at the ground level… Continue Reading


New Report Shows Shocking Increase in Heroin Use and ODs in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG - Heroin - from the growing number of users and overdoses, to a recent increase in traffickers, coupled with too few addiction treatment options- is having an devastating impact in Berkeley County. In fact, the magnitude of the county's overdose problem is so severe - based on comparing the same population figures- that it leads metropolitan areas in Maryland, including Baltimore City. That's just one of the conclusions of a federal report - "Heroin Treatment Needs Assessment for B… Continue Reading


Capito & Manchin Announce Funding to Combat Drug Abuse in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced a total of $620,005 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to support continued efforts to combat drug abuse in West Virginia. The City of Huntington will receive $220,005 in funding to support the enhancement of drug court services. Specifically, the grant award will help establish new capabilities in underserved communities, enhance training programs for drug court experts, and… Continue Reading


Capito, Jenkins, Criticize New EPA Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and 3rd district Congressman Evan Jenkins both criticized the federal EPA's announcement of tightened ozone standards on Thursday. The standard was lowered from 75 parts-per-billion to 70 ppb. "The new ozone standard announced today will jeopardize our ability to create new manufacturing jobs at a time when West Virginia's growing natural gas reserves should mean more factories and plants are coming online," said Capito in a release. "EPA conti… Continue Reading


New Act Introduced, Could Help Students with Loan Debts

Good news for some college graduates who may have student loans. Some U.S. Senators including Shelley Moore Capito announced a new act that helps fight student loan debt. We talked to some of you who are facing student debt to see if you think this new act will help. The new "Student Relief Act of 2015" will help people refinance their federal loans into the private market and take advantage of lower interest rates, but it was a mixed reaction when we talked to people. Some think it will help,… Continue Reading


Senators Announce Student Loan Relief Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R - W.Va.) and Kelly Ayotte (R - N.H.) introduced the Student Loan Relief Act of 2015. It would allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans into the private market and take advantage of lower rates. Seventy percent of West Virginians graduated with student loan debt, averaging over $27,000 each. New Hampshire leads the nation in average student loan debt at nearly $32,800 per student.Capito said she believes Wes… Continue Reading


Capito Speaks Against EPA in Hearing

WASHINGON, D.C. - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., traded proverbial punches with Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation, during a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Tuesday concerning the economic implications of President Barack Obama's air agenda. The current federal limit on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness "is not adequate to protect the public health,… Continue Reading


Manchin, Capito Announce $100,000 WVU Research Grant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday $100,000 in funding for WVU to research new ideas and technologies that aim to improve the safety of the nation's energy transportation pipelines. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Competitive Academic Agreement Program. "Our research and development teams at West Virginia University do tremendously important work… Continue Reading


Capito Questions Cost of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - States like West Virginia have a steep hill to climb to meet the requirements of the U.S. EPA clean power plan. During a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito quizzed the EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe about some of the details included in the plan. "I'm sure you're aware many governors are simply considering not submitting a state plan for compliance, would that trigger a federal implementation plan in 2016 … Continue Reading


WVU Engineering Students Honored on Capitol Hill for Historic Victory in NASA Robotics Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this summer, a team of 16 West Virginia University engineering students and one robot extraordinaire traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the fourth annual Sample Return Robot Challenge as part of NASA's Centennial Challenges. The students - and their esteemed robot, Cataglyphis - came home to West Virginia with the first level two victory in the competition's four-year history and a $100,000 check for their historic performance in hand. Monday, Sept. 21, … Continue Reading


VA Secretary, WV Congressional Delegation Take Tough Questions in Greenbrier County

GREENBRIER COUNTY (WVVA) - VA Secretary Robert McDonald arrived in Lewisburg to discuss the future of a Greenbrier County outpatient clinic on Friday. The secretary was joined by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R), and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R), answering tough questions on everything from prescription pill problems to the Maxwellton facility. "We're on track to find a long-term location and as we talk about it we need to be more judicious in picking that location, so we don'… Continue Reading


Senator Questions Obama’s Leadership During Weekly Radio Address

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) blasted President Obama this week, saying he had an opportunity to use leverage created by international sanctions to take apart Iran's nuclear systems, but instead signed on to a nuclear agreement that falls drastically short. "(Obama) had an opportunity to show leadership and restore our standing in the world," Capito said during the Weekly Republican Address. "Yet, instead this is a deal that fails to meet even the administration's own objectives. Becaus… Continue Reading


Temporary VA Clinic on the Horizon, McGraw Promises

MAXWELTON - More than 200 veterans, dignitaries and other interested people gathered Friday to hear what the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs had to say about the future of the local Community Based Outpatient Clinic that was removed from its leased quarters five months ago. But the big announcement came not from Secretary Robert McDonald, but from Beckley VA Medical Center director Karin L. McGraw, who told the crowd that a temporary clinic will be sited in Lewisburg, perha… Continue Reading


Drug Take-Back Day to Dispose of Old Medicine

HUNTINGTON - Before cold and flu season comes knocking, take a few minutes to clean out your medicine cabinets this weekend and dispose of any old, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration will collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at various locations across the state and country. The collected pills will be incinerated. The take-back is completely anonymous, and t… Continue Reading


Senate Republican: ‘Next to Impossible’ to Reverse Iran Relief Now

Sanctions relief for Iran will be here for the long term, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) lamented Saturday, predicting it would be "next to impossible" to snap penalties back in place if the country reneges on the nuclear agreement. The West Virginia freshman criticized the "partisan minority" who successfully blocked the Senate from disapproving of the deal struck between the Obama administration, Iran and five other countries. "Unfortunately, a partisan minority in the Senate blocked a … Continue Reading


GOP Slams ‘Bad’ Iran Deal

The Iran nuclear agreement has a "litany of flaws" that should invoke serious concerns, according to the Republican weekly address. West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said that Congress has carefully examined the deal and she was dismayed that a small minority in the Senate prevented a bipartisan majority from rejecting it. "This is a deal that fails to meet even the administration's own objectives," said Capito in the address released Saturday.The deal, which the Obama admi… Continue Reading


Capito Criticizes Iran Nuclear Deal in Response to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito criticized President Obama's Iran deal in the official Republican response to president's weekly radio address. There's no reason to trust Iran or its leaders, Capito said. "Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. This is the same regime that is currently holding four Americans prisoner," Capito said. "Its supreme leader said last week that he believes Israel will no longer exist in 25 years."She said that she didn't buy the Oba… Continue Reading


P&G Breaks Ground on Huge W.Va. Plant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Procter & Gamble Co. executives joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a host of elected officials and business leaders on Friday to break ground for the Fortune 500 company's new multimillion-dollar plant in Berkeley County. "I want to thank you for choosing the Mountain State because we're thrilled to have you here," said Tomblin, before he, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and company officials hoisted shovels of dirt for the cameras near the plant's future… Continue Reading

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