U.S. Senator Manchin introduces bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal correctional facilities oversight

WV Press Release Sharing WASHINGTON, DC— Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Federal Prison Oversight Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a new oversight structure to ensure transparency, safety, and accountability in federal correctional facilities. “After serious reports of abuses, staff shortages, and dangerous conditions in federal facilities in West Virginia[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Marshall University working in the field of Cyber security

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University is positioning itself to become a national leader in the field of cyber security, and, according to General Counsel Toney Stroud, leadership is working hard to make that happen.  While speaking before members of the legislative Joint Standing Committee[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Drug Court and Home Confinement reviewed

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Presentations regarding Drug Court and Home Confinement were among the Business before the West Virginia Legislature’s Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority during the final day of May Interim Sessions on Tuesday.  First to present was the[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Foster care ombudsman, correctional inmate grievances discussed

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization, on Monday, heard presentations on both the scope of the state’s Foster Care Ombudsman, as well as the grievance procedure for inmates housed within the state’s correctional facilities.   First to[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: How does the state regulate artificial intelligence?

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Regulating artificial intelligence (AI) is something that West Virginia’s legislators must begin to consider, at least according to some experts.  On Monday, members of the interim Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary heard from three experts on how AI is being[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Fire, EMS discuss suicide prevention, more funding for first responders

First responder suicide rates outnumbering line-of-duty deaths By Matt Young, WV Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – “I need to drive this home – Suicide rates aren’t just outnumbering line-of-duty deaths – they’re doing so even with suicides being under-reported by as much as 60%.” That’s what Kari Mika-Lude told the[Read More…]

U.S. Senator Manchin announced West Virginia has been awarded $20 million to establish statewide network for neuroscience research

WV Press Release Sharing WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced West Virginia has been awarded a highly competitive, five-year $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) that will boost scientific research and[Read More…]

Gov. Justice announces largest single-month revenue surplus in West Virginia history: $319 million

State budget surplus for 2023 expected to exceed $1.7 billion By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice, on Monday, announced that the state’s April General Revenue collections exceeded projections by $319 million, resulting in the largest single-month revenue surplus in West Virginia history. “Everybody[Read More…]

U.S. Senator Manchin announces $12.9 million for West Virginia head start programs

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced $12,914,643 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Southwestern Community Action Council and the Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia Head Start programs. Head Start supports educational growth from birth to[Read More…]

W.Va. State Senate President Blair, House Speaker Hanshaw, state economic development officials and legislative representatives celebrate opening of West Virginia Office in Taiwan

Officials say new trade office will make West Virginia more competitive as it tries to attract Taiwanese investment into state WV Press Release Sharing TAIPEI, Tiawan — W.Va. Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, today joined Secretary of Economic Development Mitch Carmichael, Economic Development Director Mike Graney, and Speaker of the House Roger[Read More…]

Gov. Justice appoints Anitra Hamilton to 81st District seat in West Virginia House of Delegates

WV Press Release Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Anitra Hamilton to the West Virginia House of Delegates 81st District, which covers Morgantown. Hamilton fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Danielle Walker, who left earlier this month to become the executive director of the American Civil[Read More…]

WV Public Energy Authority still preparing to govern under new law requiring its approval for decommissioning fossil fuel-fired plants

By Mike Tony, HD Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the West Virginia Public Energy Authority got an update on work under a new law poised to thrust it into a key role in the possible shutdown of a coal-fired plant slated to shutter soon. But it wasn’t[Read More…]

West Virginia’s ‘Shape Our Future’ tourism education initiative to launch statewide

New hospitality-tourism education program part of  WV Tourism’s statewide ‘Tourism Works’ effort By Matt Young, WV Press Association CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice, along with several state officials, during a Tuesday press conference at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center (CTC), announced the launch of the “Shape Our[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Committee on Children and Families hears DHHR and other presentations

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children and Families, on Tuesday, heard testimony from human service professionals, on topics ranging from adult healthcare, to the state’s foster care system.   Legislative Healthcare Advisor Jeremiah Samples was first to address the committee, and[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Health Committee looks at use of opioid lawsuit settlements

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With over $867 million coming to the state from opioid lawsuit settlements, an ever-increasing need for effective statewide substance abuse recovery facilities, continual mental health support for residents, and strong medical cannabis permit guidelines, the Legislative Joint Committee on Health had[Read More…]

W.Va. Legislature’s April Interim meetings start today at

WV Press News Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s April Interim meetings start today at 1 p.m. at the Capitol. The schedule and agendas are as follows: Sunday, April 16, 2023 Convene Adjourn Committee Location 01:00 PM 03:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability – Agenda Senate Finance 01:00[Read More…]