West Virginia Week in Review - July 10, 2021

7/10/2021

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DO IT FOR BABYDOG: Gov. Justice announces winners in 3rd round of vaccination sweepstakes
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice traveled across the state to surprise the winners of the three biggest prizes given away in the 3rd round of the “Do it or Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.

Princeton resident Heather Coburn’s life was changed forever when she received a surprise visit at work from the Governor and Babydog, who announced her name has been drawn as the latest million-dollar prize winner of the sweepstakes.
The Governor and Babydog also surprised James Sanson of Fairmont and surprised William Harris of Clendenin, presenting them with the keys to brand-new, custom-outfitted trucks.
A total of 50 West Virginians were announced as prize winners Wednesday. Additional prizes included two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in the state, five lifetime hunting licenses, five lifetime fishing licenses, five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns, and 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks.

Online registration to be eligible to win in the next prize drawing will remain open until Sunday, July 11, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced next Wednesday, July 14.
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Gov. Justice provides update on Delta variant in West Virginia
On Thursday, Gov. Justice reported that State pandemic response leaders continue to closely monitor the Delta variant of COVID-19 in West Virginia.

“I’m not here to alarm you. All I’m here to do is tell you the truth,” Gov. Justice continued. “How you can be taking a chance to be walking the streets without this vaccine, no matter what your age, I’ll never understand. It’s just too big of a chance.”
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Gov. Justice announces over 1 million West Virginians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that more than 1 million West Virginians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Tuesday, 1,005,135 West Virginians had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 836,954 West Virginians had been fully vaccinated.

All West Virginians interested in being vaccinated are urged to visit Vaccinate.wv.gov or call the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line: 1-833-734-0965. The info line is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Governor, law enforcement stepping up work zone speeding enforcement statewide
On Thursday, Gov. Justice took time out of his remarks on COVID-19 to discuss a fatal accident last week that occurred in a work zone on I-81, just outside of Martinsburg. The Governor went on to announce that, after meeting with Senate President Craig Blair earlier in the week to discuss the incident, he has directed the West Virginia State Police to immediately begin additional enforcement of the 55 miles per hour speed limit in this work zone and all work zones across the state.
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Gov. Justice announces availability of reduced-price lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for kids 15 and younger
Gov. Justice announced Tuesday the availability of reduced-price lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for kids age 15 and younger through a new tiered pricing program. The program – made possible by a West Virginia State Senate bill passed during the 2021 legislative session and signed by Gov. Justice in April – substantially reduces the cost of a resident lifetime license for children up until their 15th birthday.
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West Virginia Koren War soldier's remains recovered
On Thursday, Gov. Justice echoed an announcement by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that Army Cpl. Pete Conley, 19, of Chapmanville, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on June 5, 2020. According to the DPAA, in late 1950, Conley was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Conley will be buried in Pecks Hill, West Virginia.
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Turnpike holiday traffic heaviest since 2010
Traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike over the 2021 Fourth of July holiday season was the heaviest it’s been since 2010. Between Thursday, July 1, 2021, and Monday, July 5, the Turnpike saw 668,004 vehicles pass through Turnpike toll booths.
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Also this week:

Tia Welch Named Executive Director of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission

West Virginia’s 2021-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary now available online

New Law Makes Changes to the State’s Management of Technology
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