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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia will receive nearly $26 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to help keep families safe and healthy by assisting with household energy costs, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said on Monday. This funding is through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a program that aims to reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe... Read More
  • Throughout the early and mid-20th century, Coca-Cola painted 16,000 murals on buildings across the country to advertise its drink. Over time, many of the murals faded away, becoming "ghost-murals." Now, Coca-Cola Consolidated is working to restore the lost artwork. Yesterday at 456 High St., one mural was revealed with a ribbon cutting ceremony."This is an important part of Coca-Cola’s history," said Lauren Steele from Coca-Cola Consolidated, "but what we really love… is it’s... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Mention Comuntzi’s in downtown Morgantown and Coca-Cola and chances are there is a memory to be shared. The family restaurant, one of 2 in separate locations in Morgantown over the years, sat on High Street for decades landmarked by a mural on the side of the building. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito was among the dignitaries who cut the ribbon on a refurbished, brightened Coca-Cola advertisement several stories tall.“Having an expression for a product... Read More
  • When it comes to the Internet, digging a hole is probably the last image to come to mind. But as West Virginia and its neighboring states work to expand broadband speed and capacity, there is a real "shovels and dirt" side to laying out the fiber-optic cable that makes it all happen. In fact, about 90 percent of the expense is digging up and replacing roads or roadsides, experts say. So new bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, would be an... Read More
  • A bipartisan Senate resolution opposing the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda was introduced Friday, following a lawsuit filed by 24 states in federal appeals court in Washington aiming to kill far-reaching climate rules. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the bill Friday after the Environmental Protection Agency published its landmark emission rules, the Clean Power Plan, in the Federal Register. The publication of the rules makes... Read More
  • President Obama's centerpiece climate change regulations are expected to be published as soon as this week in the Federal Register, signaling the start of lawsuits and a Republican effort to scuttle the rules. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department told a federal court that the power plant rules, called the Clean Power Plan, would take months to be published in the Federal Register after they were finalized Aug. 3. Clean Power Plan critics say the Obama administration is... Read More
  • College and trade-school graduates saddled with heavy burdens of student loan debt could get some help if a bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is enacted. It would provide practical, realistic avenues to help them. Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have introduced a workmanlike bill on the issue. It is not the sweeping sort of proposal so many liberals make to land votes from younger people, but it has two important qualities: First, it is not a mere transfer of cost... Read More
  • BECKLEY (WVVA) – Revitalizing Uptown Beckley was the focus of a public forum with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia, on Wednesday. The senator's visit comes just days before a special committee is expected to recommend sweeping changes to the city's economic development strategy. Attorney David Kirkpatrick was among several in attendance on Wednesday. He spoke with Capito about the Neville Street addition, originally part of the Beckley Inter modal Gateway project, but... Read More
  • October 14, 2015

    Capito Talks Small Business

    BECKLEY – Small business was one of the main topics of discussion today for Senator Shelley Moore Capito and several locals today. Property and business owners made their way to Beckley to discuss the future of small businesses in the area and issues impacting the local economy. Capito also addressed the declining coal industry and how important it is to get miners who are unemployed back in the work force. With WVU Tech coming to Beckley within the next two years, Capito says it’s... Read More
  • A project in the making for over 10 years, officials said U.S. 35 through Putnam and Mason counties will be completed and opened by the spring of 2019. Finishing off on 14.6 miles of roadway, many in Congress and in the WV Legislature have waited for the day the shovels would move the first pieces of dirt for final construction. “Today’s groundbreaking represents a collaborative effort from federal, state and local partners, and I’m grateful for everyone’s continued... Read More
  • BUFFALO, W.Va. — Several state leaders were on hand Wednesday for the groundbreaking of the final nearly 15 mile stretch of U.S. Route 35 between Putnam and Mason counties. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito commended Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s resolve in aiming to finish the project quickly, and everyone else’s hard work. “This is a great day. This is a project that I have been dedicated to; worked hard on along with so many other people,” Capito said.... Read More
  • Skyrocketing tuition, cuts in state funding and stagnant job growth are just a few of the many reasons America’s young adults struggle with student loan debt. According to MarketWatch, the outstanding balance of the nation’s collective student loans totals $1.3 trillion, growing at a rate of $3,055 every second. About 40 million Americans are paying student loans. Seventy percent of students graduate college with debt. Those who borrowed through high-interest federal student loans... Read More
  • The Obama administration appears to be blocking Republican attempts to find out when the Clean Power Plan will be published in the Federal Register, which would initiate a wave of lawsuits and new congressional action to counter the plan, according to letters obtained by the Washington Examiner. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who heads subcommittees in both the environment and appropriations committees, initiated an Oct. 5 probe to get to the bottom of why the Office of the Federal Register... Read More
  • CINCINNATI, OHIO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a stay on Friday to put a stop to a federal EPA regulation that would have expanded the amount of water under federal protection. The court ruled in a split decision to block the EPA regulation while other litigation examines the legality of the original move. “This decision is a critical victory in our fight against this onerous federal overreach,” Attorney General Morrisey said in a prepared media... Read More
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's bill to scuttle U.S. EPA's power plant carbon rules would also severely restrict the scope of any replacement rules, the Congressional Budget Office said yesterday. The West Virginia Republican's bill, S. 1324, would kill the Clean Power Plan by allowing states to opt out of compliance at will without fear that a federal implementation plan would be constructed to take its place, the CBO report noted. It also would require the agency to set aside rules for new and... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — West Virginia will receive an additional $7.6 million in federal grant funds to pay for job training and career services for dislocated mine workers and their families. The funding comes from an extension to a National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that helps coal miners — and their families — who have been affected by layoffs and mine closures to train for and find new career paths and opportunities. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin made the... Read More
  • According to Veterans Affairs, a new location for the Charleston clinic will be on Route 119 South at 700 Technology Drive in South Charleston and is expected to open in the summer of 2016. The current clinic will remain operational until the new clinic is open. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., welcomed the announcement about the site selection.“West Virginians have a long history of service to our nation and deserve the best care possible. The new clinic... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (WSAZ) -- Three agencies in our region will benefit from a nearly $3 million federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, according to a news release. The funding is intended for infrastructure, health and economic development improvements. The Logan County Public Service District’s Phase III-B1 Wastewater project will receive $1.5 million; the West Virginia Development Office’s West Virginia Enhanced Distressed Counties Flex-E-Grant Program will... Read More
  • The good news is that crystal meth addiction is decreasing in West Virginia. Police busted 531 meth labs in 2013, but the number seems to be dropping to around half of that this year. Crack cocaine also is less noticeable. The bad news is that other types of addiction — to pain pills and heroin — are bad as ever, senselessly destroying young lives, wrecking families, hurting communities. The Mountain State continues to lead the nation in overdose deaths. And the curse isn’t... Read More
  • As West Virginia’s population ages, taking a look at some of the health issues our seniors face becomes almost mandatory. Chief among those health concerns is Alzheimer’s disease, which causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. In many cases, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia become severe enough to interfere with everyday life. The disease is a progressive one for which there is no cure. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 36,000 West Virginians... Read More