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June 05, 2019

Senator Joe Manchin Skypes with Jefferson County Students | WDVM

by Caroline Morse

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin spent his Tuesday morning with several Washington High Business and CTE students over Skype. Senator Manchin answered questions regarding the broadband access in the state. Manchin talked to the students about how some citizens that live in rural areas have to travel miles to get broadband access, which, according to the senator isn't acceptable and the students agreed. "It's important so West Virginia can catch up to states around us … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Corridor H Work Gets Major Boost With Two Fridays Announcements | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

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 … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

FCC Receives Criticism, Praise From West Virginia Officials | The Parkersburg News And Sentinel

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - The Federal Communications Commission received a lashing from one state elected official, while others praised the agency. Leaders in the House of Delegates released a statement Thursday in support of a set of conditions the FCC secured for the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. The two major cellular communications providers want to merge their companies in a deal worth $26.5 billion. Both companies agreed to freeze prices for three years while building out a 5G network which would … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Manchin Visits Hamlin To Discuss Legislation Providing For Vehicles To Deliver Senior Meals | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Staff Writers

HAMLIN, W.Va. - In a visit that aimed to highlight the importance of senior nutrition programs across West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Friday delivered meals to residents and spoke with seniors at a lunch at the Senior Citizen Center in Hamlin. During his stop, Manchin emphasized programs like Meals on Wheels and other home-based meal programs, according to a news release from his office. In 2017 alone, 1.3 million meals were delivered to West Virginians as a result of these … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Manchin Warns Of Largest Russian Presence In The Arctic Since Cold War | CBS News

by Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia issued a stark warning about the geopolitical threat of Russia's presence in the Arctic, saying Moscow's military and economic activity in the region is at the highest level since the Cold War. "It's unbelievable the commitment they've made," Manchin said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "We've seen more activity of aircraft flying in those spaces. We've seen submarine activity from Russia, more so than we have during the Cold War." Despite not … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Manchin Says Deal Reached To Resume New River Train, Details Pending | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Staff Writers

In a tweet, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said a deal has been reached with Amtrak to allow resumption of the state's iconic New River Train, but his office said details on the agreement will come out this week. In a Twitter entry, Manchin wrote, "I've been working nonstop with @Amtrak to preserve #WV's proud railroading history by keeping the annual New River Train running, and that's why I'm glad a deal is in place to continue this proud Mountain State tradition. I'm looking forward to … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Manchin Praises Additional $106 Million For West Virginia Disaster Relief | WV MetroNews

by Brad McElhinny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., praised another $106 million flowing from the federal government for West Virginia disaster relief. The additional money, part of a broader disaster relief package, was approved by Congress and President Trump in February 2018 but "has been mired in bureaucratic red tape and Administrative reviews," according to a statement from Manchin's congressional office. The money was approved last week as part of a $19.1 billion disaster relief … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Volk Testifies Before Senate Committee For Federal Judge Spot | The Charleston Gazette

by Lacie Pierson

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk on Wednesday only had to answer a few questions from U.S. Senators during a hearing for federal judicial nominations in before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Volk was one of six nominees who answered questions from senators during the hearing Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump nominated Volk to serve as a judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, filling the vacancy left by Senior U.S. … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

W.Va Veterans Travel To D.C. For Always Free Honor Flight | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

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 … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Martinsburg To Get $4.9M For Water-Supply Cleanup | Herald Mail Media

by Matthew Umstead

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," … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Maryland and W.Va Officials Seek Meeting With Verso Chief | The Cumberland Times-News

by Greg Larry

CUMBERLAND - Several Maryland and West Virginia elected officials are attempting to secure a meeting with interim Verso Corp. CEO Leslie Lederer before the Luke paper mill ceases production on May 31. U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Reps. David Trone (D-Md.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) sent a letter Monday to Verso executives in an attempt to arrange the meeting. "Our constituents deserve to know what … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Funding To Support Transportation To Mental,Behavioral Healthcare | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Access and Mobility Partnership Grants program has awarded nearly $195,000 to the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center. The release said funding will support access to mental and behavioral health care, including treatment for addiction, for seniors and the disadvantaged in southern West Virginia through the coordination and improvement of transportation services. Southern Highlands has locations in Princeton, Mullens and Welch. … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Sens. Manchin & Capito Introduce Resolution For State Funeral For Last WWII Medal Of Honor Recipient | WTRF

by Staff Writers

West Virginia U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D) and Shelley Moore Capito (R) have introduced a resolution asking for a state funeral for the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The state funeral would not only recognize that man's individual service and sacrifice, but would act as a final salute to the Greatest Generation and those who wore the uniform from 1941 to 1945, according to a news release. There are only three living Medal of Honor recipients remaining from WWII, … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Senate Panel Approves Two Of Trump's Interior Nominees | Bloomberg

by Stephen Lee

A Senate committee easily cleared two of President Donald Trump's picks for high-level positions at the Interior Department May 21. The nominations of Daniel Jorjani for Interior solicitor and Mark Lee Greenblatt for the department's inspector general now go to the full Republican-controlled Senate, which is expected to approve them. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Jorjani on a party-line 11-10 vote. Greenblatt, a less objectionable nominee to Democrats, was … Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Backers Say Carbon Capture Needs More Than Just Research Funds | Bloomberg

by Abby Smith

A bipartisan push to boost federal research dollars for carbon capture and removal is a welcome step, but it's not enough to bring it to market and get it into widespread use, supporters say. Advocates, including a former Energy Department official and representatives from fossil fuel companies, say the new bill would benefit carbon capture technologies by increasing and expanding federal dollars for research, demonstration, and deployment. But they also urged senators during a May 16 hearing … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Officials Seek Help For Luke Mill Workers | Cumberland Times-News

by Greg Larry

CUMBERLAND - Several elected officials in Maryland and West Virginia have requested federal assistance for workers who will be displaced when the Verso Corp.'s Luke paper mill closes. Verso announced April 30 the mill would close completely by June 30, a move that will impact nearly 700 on-site workers. The program, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, offers financial help, training and benefits to workers who are displaced due to foreign trade. The paper industry has faced steady pressure … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Manchin, Huntington Mayor Join Axios Panel On Healthcare | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is issuing a warning about addiction. "If we don't learn how to deal with addiction, once opioids pass us, we're still sitting here facing the very same issues again," he said. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and Mike Allen, co-founder and executive editor of Axios "The epidemic of addiction is truly the greatest existential threat facing our nation. It's eating us away at our core." On Wednesday, he was part of a conversation Axios hosted … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Trump Tariffs Could Offer Silver Lining For U.S. Mining | Bloomberg

by Stephen Lee

President Donald Trump's trade war with China could end up being a boon for the U.S. hardrock mining industry, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). That's because the U.S.imports 100 percent of 18 critical minerals, known as rare earths, from foreign nations, mostly China. The U.S. Trade Representative said May 13 it was excluding rare earth minerals from the next broad group of Chinese imports with a planned 25 percent tariff. That decision likely reflects the huge role China plays in … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Airport Getting $8M For Runway Rehab | The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Evan Bevins

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 … Continue Reading

May 13, 2019

Frustrated Dems, Republicans Team Up To Pry Loose Billions In Flood Protection Funds | NBC News

by Laura Strickler

WASHINGTON - As heavy rains continue in Texas, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to free up flood-prevention money that has been held up because of what sources from both parties say is President Donald Trump's reluctance to approve funding that would also go to Puerto Rico. The $15.9 billion, which was approved by Congress in February 2018 and would go to states that include Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, can't be released until the White House Office of Management and Budget … Continue Reading

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