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leading the way on “monumental” project connecting 121,000 West
Virginia homes to world-class broadband
Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order that will allow West
Virginia to leverage $766 million over the next 10 years to connect
121,000 West Virginia homes to world-class broadband, particularly
those in currently underserved areas across the state. The
Federal Communications Commission has created a program called the
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Through this program, the FCC will
direct billions of dollars to finance the deployment of high-speed
broadband networks across underserved regions of rural America,
connecting millions homes and businesses to world-class broadband
announces $244.3M cash surplus through first two months of FY2021
Justice announced Thursday that West Virginia has accumulated a
$244.3 million cash surplus through the first two months of Fiscal
Year 2021, despite the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had
on the state’s economy. Additionally, Gov. Justice announced
that August 2020 revenue collections came in at $35.8 million above
estimates. Year-to-date revenue collections are $80.3 million above
estimates and 31.3% above prior year receipts. Total General
Revenue Fund collections for the month of August were $331.4
million. Year-to-date collections have totaled $815.4 million.
establishes $50 million fund to ensure safety of schools
Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that he is placing $50
million of CARES Act money into a special fund for PPE, cleaning
supplies and, if the need arises, additional testing at schools.
This, along with existing resources, will provide schools with the
assurance that their needs will be met for the duration of the
school year. The fund will also be used for other urgent
COVID-19-related equipment and testing needs beyond schools.
The Governor also offered a reminder that, for most counties, the
first day of school is still scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
As of Friday, a total of 30 counties were green, while 17 counties
were yellow. Six counties were orange: Kanawha, Logan, Mercer,
Mingo, Putnam, and Wayne counties. Two counties were red:
Monongalia and Monroe counties.
Superintendent Burch say "triple-check" underway for
safety/sanitization supplies in schools
State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch announced that West
Virginia education leaders are in the process of “triple-checking”
that every classroom in the state has the PPE and cleaning supplies
they need to safely begin the school year.
“Our offices are reaching out to all of the principals just to
triple-check that those supplies are there and ready,”
Superintendent Burch said. “I cannot thank our principals,
superintendents, and others enough, and I encourage each and every
teacher, please, continue communicating to your principal and your
school leadership if you need anything at all. We have a lot of
folks here willing to help.”
announces extension of school meal waivers
several school-related updates during Wednesday’s COVID-19
briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the United States Department
of Agriculture has granted West Virginia an extension of school
meal waivers, which will allow the West Virginia Department of
Education to continue the Summer Food Service Program and the
Seamless Summer Option through December 31, 2020. This extension
will ensure that participating schools and private organizations
have the flexibility they need to reach children who rely on free
and reduced-price school meals.
The waivers cover meals to students in all learning models,
including in-person, remote, or virtual, including:
directs agencies to establish vaccine preparation task force
Gov. Justice announced that he has directed the West Virginia
National Guard and DHHR to immediately stand up a Vaccine
Preparation Task Force so that West Virginia will be prepared when
a vaccine for COVID-19 comes. The CDC has instructed the State
to have a plan in place by October 1, 2020, in anticipation of a
potential vaccine as early as November.
issues Executive Order closing all bars in Mon County again
Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that he has issued an executive order,
once again closing all bars in Monongalia County until further
notice. The order was effective immediately. The new closure came
two days after bars in Mon County were permitted to open their
doors for the first time since mid-July. On Monday, Gov. Justice
said that state officials would be watching and monitoring progress
closely, adding that if things “start to move in the wrong
direction, we’ll shut them back down.” The order keeps all
Monongalia County bars closed for the on-premises consumption of
food or drinks or occupancy by the general public. However,
customers are still permitted to pick up food or drinks to be taken
awards grant to all West Virginia Veterans organizations
Gov. Justice announced that he will soon provide a combined total
of $1.395 million in grants to all Veterans organizations across
“We’ve got 279 Veterans organizations across the state, and we’ve
got enough dollars to be able to do this,” Gov. Justice said.
“We’ve already sent our volunteer firefighters and our EMS
providers dollars. Now, we’re going to send all of these Veterans
commits funding for nursing scholarship
Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that he is committing $92,500 to
the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to fully fund
the West Virginia Nursing Scholarship Program for this
year. This fall, the program awarded nearly 100 students with
scholarships ranging from $800 to $4,000. The funds awarded by Gov.
Justice will support nursing students at colleges and universities
across the state.
provides update on COVID-19 cases in correctional facilities
Gov. Justice reported that the Division of Corrections and
Rehabilitation is continuing to evaluate Mount Olive Correctional
Complex in Fayette County. Mount Olive currently has 134 active
cases of COVID-19 among inmates. Meanwhile, South Central Regional
Jail in Kanawha County has four active cases and Western Regional
Jail in Cabell County has one active case among their inmate
populations. Across the entire DCR system, a total of 33 employees
have active cases at this time.
Maj. Gen. Hoyer honor World War II veterans on 75th anniversary of
Justice took time out of his briefing Wednesday to honor all World
War II veterans – in West Virginia and across the nation – on the
75th Anniversary of the end of the war. On September 2, 1945,
formal surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri,
designating the day as the official Victory over Japan Day. West
Virginia reported the 5th-highest percentage of servicemen during
the war, with 218,665 West Virginians serving in the armed forces.
A total of 5,830 West Virginians were killed in World War II.
Eleven West Virginians were awarded Medals of Honor for their
announces upcoming COVID-19 testing locations
Justice updated the schedule of upcoming free
community COVID-19 testing events taking
place over the next several weeks at various dates and times in
multiple counties across the state. The effort is part of a plan to
provide free optional testing to all residents in several counties
that are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 transmission. It
targets residents who have struggled to be seen by a physician or
do not have insurance to pay for testing. However, other residents,
including those who are asymptomatic are welcome to be tested.
counties to prepare for a new school year
West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) eagerly approaches the
start of the new school year, it joins the community in looking
forward to a safe re-entry for educators, staff and students.
School preparedness is always a concern at the beginning of school,
and 2020 is no exception. Increased focus is placed on personal
health items and cleaning supplies, and the WVDE will continue to
work alongside of counties and schools to ensure these materials
are in stock and available throughout the pandemic. County
superintendents and school principals have spent months ordering
and acquiring supplies in preparation for the first day of school.
When needed, the WVDE, West Virginia National Guard and West
Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources have tapped into
a variety of supply lines to assist.
orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former West
Justice issued a proclamation Monday, ordering all United States
and West Virginia flags at the Capitol Complex and all state-owned
facilities in Monongalia County be displayed at half-staff, from
dawn to dusk, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in commemoration of the
distinguished life and service of former West Virginia
Delegate Shelby J. Bosley Leary. She served three terms
in the West Virginia House of Delegates, later serving the state as
Director of Wage and Hour and was the first female appointed as the
West Virginia Commissioner of Labor.
signs proclamation for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
joins Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships to announce partnerships
license expiration dates extended through the end of the year
Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that any
driver's license, instruction permit, Graduated License (level 1,
2, or 3), or Commercial Driver's License (CDL), as allowed by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), with an
expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later, will be extended until
December 31, 2020. Identification cards are included in the
extension as well.
explains how crews repair slides across the state
Wednesday, the West Virginia Division of Highways released a video
explain how their crews repair landslides in the state. WVDOH crews
in the video can be seen working on a slide on WV 112 in Mercer
participates in cybersecurity tabletop exercise
the West Virginia National Guard’s Defensive Cyber Operations
Element participated in a multi-day tabletop exercise hosted by the
West Virginia Office of Technology to address cybersecurity threats
and respond to attacks to statewide cyber infrastructure.
Cybersecurity is a growing area of effort across government and
private sector organizations as society grows ever more reliant on
computerized, web-based cyber functions, including in the areas of
banking, utilities management, education and elections. With the
growth of reliance on cyber systems, the threat from malicious
players who wish to attack systems in order to impact the safety
and economies of adversaries also grows.
fishing opportunities still plentiful in WV
Day weekend might be the unofficial end of summer, but there are
plenty of opportunities in the coming months for fishing adventures
in the Mountain State, says fish management officials for the West
Virginia Division of Natural Resources. With the long weekend
coming up DNR officials would also like to remind anglers and
boaters to be safe on the water by wearing a personal flotation
device and practicing social distance guidelines at public access
Quilt and Wall Hanging exhibition on display at the Culture Center
Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s annual
exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2020, is now on display in the
Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex. The
Culture Center is currently open to visitors Tuesday – Saturday 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. and the exhibition is free to the public. This year,
the popular juried exhibition features 58 creative quilts and wall
hangings representing the talents of West Virginians from 19
counties. There are 36 quilts and 22 wall hangings in the
exhibition, which will remain on display until Oct. 2,
2020. The exhibition features the work of 45 quilters.
Virginians urged to participate in the 2020 Census
Gov. Justice asked all West Virginians to participate in the 2020
United States Census. Every West Virginian who does not respond to
the Census represents a loss of $20,000 in federal funds over the
next 10 years for the state and its local communities. The funds
can go toward things like healthcare, education, infrastructure,
school lunch programs, and more.
As of Friday, West Virginia boasted the 2nd-best U.S.
Census response rate in the country.
Be counted in minutes: 2020census.gov.
WVDEP’s REAP postpones tire collection events
due to COVID-19
WV Guardsman graduates Arabic course at Qatar
National Language Institute
Coalfield Development Corporation celebrates
10th anniversary (WVDEP)
Recovery Month in West Virginia goes virtual
Gov. Justice signs pair of Executive Orders on
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