West Virginia Week in Review - November 28, 2020

11/28/2020

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Gov. Justice: Agreement between UK company DST and Blue Rock Manufacturing to bring new manufacturing facility, up to 1,000 new jobs to West Virginia
Gov. Justice announced Monday that DST Innovations, a UK technology company headquartered in Wales, has chosen West Virginia as the home of its new American manufacturing base; agreeing on a contract with West Virginia-based company Blue Rock Manufacturing to establish a new facility for the development of its new energy cells. The new facility will be the forefront of green technology, using existing organic material such as coal to create new clean energy storage solutions. The development is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the manufacturing and technology sectors. The manufacturing base will be located in Morgantown, with a Phase 2 expansion planned for the Southern Coalfields region of the state.
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Gov. Justice announces first batch of COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in mid-December
After participating in a call with the White House Coronavirus Task Force earlier this week, Gov. Justice announced during Wednesday’s briefing that the first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in West Virginia in mid-December. The first batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive shortly thereafter. The Governor added that both vaccines require the recipient to take two doses, with the second dose approximately three to four weeks after the first dose. Gov. Justice also announced that he plans to issue an executive order next week to stand up the task force that will be responsible for coordinating vaccine distribution. 
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Gov. Justice sends Thanksgiving message to all West Virginians
"Even in these difficult times, there are still so many things to be thankful for. We owe our essential workers so much gratitude as we continue to navigate this pandemic," said Gov. Justice. "Cathy and I send prayers to those who are missing loved ones this year."
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Gov. Justice celebrates the 130th Airlift Wing’s selection as a preferred alternative for conversion to C-130Js
Gov. Justice celebrated the announcement by U.S. Air Force officials Tuesday that the 130th Airlift Wing, located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, has been selected as a preferred alternative to convert to the C-130J-30 Super Hercules. The announcement came from the Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett. The 130th Airlift Wing was selected due to its ability to support the mission, economic factors, and environmental considerations.
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Gov. Justice announces transition of West Virginia National Guard leadership

On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, will be retiring from his post in the WVNG, but will continue to serve the state as a Senior Associate Vice President at WVU.

“The general and I had a conversation very recently where he expressed his desire to retire from uniform, but that he wanted to continue to serve the state," said Gov. Justice. "He also told me he wanted to continue to be a part of my leadership team leading our COVID response and preparing for vaccine distribution. I agreed that we would develop a plan for him to play a key role working for me but in a different status”

Gov. Justice went on to announce that, at the recommendation of Maj. Gen. Hoyer, he is appointing Brig. Gen. Bill Crane to serve as the new Adjutant General to lead the West Virginia National Guard. This transition will occur on January 4, 2021.

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Gov. Justice: WVU Medicine successfully complete's West Virginia's first dual-organ transplant
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice discussed WVU Medicine’s announcement that they had successfully completed West Virginia’s first dual-organ transplant at Ruby Memorial Hospital. The patient received both a new heart and kidney from an unnamed donor. The delicate and complex transplants took nine-and-a-half hours to complete, with over nine doctors involved.

“This is an absolute miracle beyond belief,” Gov. Justice said. “We're so blessed to have these incredible medical professionals right here right here in West Virginia, and so many thanks go out to the WVU team.”
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Gov. Justice recognizes National Public Health Thank You Day
During his COVID-19 briefing Monday, Gov. Justice recognized the day as National Public Health Thank You Day. Every year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, the nation takes time to recognize the public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us from disease, injury, and other health threats. Gov. Justice noted that the day has particular significance this year as the country’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
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Gov. Justice appoints Ranson Stonestreet as judge for Eleventh Family Court Circuit serving Kanawha County
Gov. Justice appointed Brittany Ranson Stonestreet, of Charleston, to the Eleventh Family Court Circuit, which serves Kanawha County. Ranson Stonestreet is set to fill the seat that will be vacated by Judge R. Joseph Zak upon his retirement from the bench, effective Dec. 4, 2020. Ranson Stonestreet has 10 years of concentrated family law experience as an attorney at Lyne Ranson Law Offices in Charleston, West Virginia.
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Governor and First Lady Justice issue statement on death of coal miner in Kanawha County
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a statement Monday after learning of the death of a miner in Kanawha County. Taylor Meldin Halstead, 20, of Bob White, was fatally injured late Monday morning at Panther Mining LLC’s American Eagle Mine in Dawes.

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WVDNR program provides venison for charities, needy families
West Virginia's buck firearms season is underway and the state Division of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to give back to their community by donating their harvest to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. The program, which is administered by the WVDNR, provides thousands of pounds of venison to needy families and charitable organizations.
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