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Award-winning GameChanger film “One Pill Can Kill” to air in West Virginia’s schools

Announcement made during GameChanger event at The Greenbrier By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Associaton WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The award-winning GameChanger film “One Pill Can Kill” will soon air in middle and high schools throughout West Virginia as part of “Laken’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Jim[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Health hears update on radiological health program

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health, during the first official day of the May Interim Session on Monday, heard an overview of the radiological health program from West Virginia’s Environmental Health Services Director Jason Frame. “The radiological health program[Read More…]

Lawmakers hear regulation efforts on sales of kratom, hemp-derived cannabinoid products

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Progress made on the statewide regulation of kratom and select hemp-derived cannabinoid product sales was discussed on Monday during the interim meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary. Representatives from three state agencies, Derek Walker, assistant deputy tax[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Finance hears update on state’s finances from Department of Revenue officials

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an abbreviated meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Finance, on Monday, committee members heard remarks from Acting Cabinet Secretary Larry Pack with the West Virginia Department of Revenue.  “We’ve got a good story to tell in West Virginia,” Pack[Read More…]

Celebrating National Hospital Week (May 12-18) in West Virginia

West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Next week May 12-18, 2024, is National Hospital Week, which presents an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the many community contributions made by hospitals and hospital-based clinicians, caregivers, and support staff. “Community hospitals are essential to the people and places they serve, providing round-the-clock care[Read More…]

WVSOM celebrates 47th annual commencement

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The 2024 graduating class of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), on Friday – in the company of family, friends, peers, alumni, and faculty – took part in the school’s 47th commencement ceremony.  “What a journey it has been,”[Read More…]

WV Bioscience Summit to highlight Medtech, Biotech Development in Huntington on May 29

West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the goal of highlighting the entrepreneurs, researchers, companies, and institutions that are making a positive difference in West Virginia’s life science community, the West Virginia Bioscience Association will host the 12th Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit on Wednesday, May 29 in Huntington. The event will take place at Marshall[Read More…]

U.S. Senate designates April 15-21 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week

CHARLESTON, W.VA.— U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Jim Risch (R-ID) last week reintroduced a bipartisan resolution designating April 15-21, 2024, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. The bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and dedication of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) and schools of[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA hears update from The Health Plan

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA, on Tuesday, heard a presentation from Jeff Knight, president and CEO of The Health Plan, regarding their coverage options available through PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency).  “We are a West Virginia-based health insurance[Read More…]

Jail Oversight Committee hears staffing update, presentation on ‘justice reinvestment’

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, on Monday, heard an update regarding the “Justice Reinvestment Initiative,” from Council of State Governments Justice Center Senior Advisor, Carl Reynolds. “What I’d like to do today is very briefly tell[Read More…]

Celebrating National County Government Month: County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia hosts annual essay contest for 8th grade students

West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) is proud to announce the launch of its annual essay contest in celebration of National County Government Month. As April unfolds, the CCAWV invites 8th-grade students from across West Virginia to participate in this educational[Read More…]

WVSOM alumnus turns tragic events into opportunity to serve others

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – To this day, Michael Peterson, D.O., tastes blood in his mouth during stressful situations. Peterson is regional assistant dean for the South Central Region of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Statewide Campus, where third- and fourth-year medical students complete clinical rotations. The South Central[Read More…]

Jennifer Garner to deliver keynote address at GameChanger event 

Award-Winning actress headlines dinner program for Prevention Education Golf Classic  FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Award winning actress, businesswoman and philanthropist Jennifer Garner will deliver the Keynote Address at the fourth annual GameChanger Prevention Education Dinner and Golf Classic May 22-23 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Garner will[Read More…]

U.S. Senators Manchin and Capito, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vote to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package

Funding included for WVU, Marshall, WVSOM and numerous other schools and projects WV Press Association Sharing Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package, which included the Fiscal Year[Read More…]

W.Va. Guard Aircraft and personnel assist with aerial firefighting support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On March 22, two West Virginia National Guard UH60M and HH60M Blackhawk helicopters and personnel arrived on scene and are assisting the West Virginia Division of Forestry and local government and emergency management officials in Hardy County, West Virginia, as they combat large-scale wildland fires.. The deployment[Read More…]

Gov. Justice declares State of Emergency in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Justice has declared a State of Emergency for the counties of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton counties today due to extensive forest fires in those counties. The declaration is a proactive measure ensuring the allocation of necessary resources and expedite emergency response efforts. The State of Emergency allows State[Read More…]