West Virginia Week in Review - July 3, 2021


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Gov. Justice surprises Morgantown woman with $1 million check through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes
Gov. Justice traveled across the state Wednesday to surprise the winners of the three biggest prizes given away as part of the second round of the “Do it or Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes. The Governor and Babydog visited a Monongalia County restaurant to surprise Morgantown resident Sharon Turner with a check for $1 million.
The Governor and Babydog also surprised Ciara Jacobs of Parkersburg and Tracy Brownell of Frankford, 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 4, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced next Wednesday, July 7.
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Gov. Justice reports FY2021 ends with $413 million surplus
On Thursday, Gov. Justice reported that the State of West Virginia ended Fiscal Year 2021 with a $413 million revenue surplus, despite the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the State’s economy. Gov. Justice requested and the West Virginia Legislature approved the appropriation of $150 million for secondary roads and $253.8 million for a variety of other purposes in a pair of recent Special Sessions. The remaining surplus will be deposited to the Rainy Day Fund soon.
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Gov. Justice, Save the Music Foundation announce grants for eight West Virginia schools
Gov. Justice joined West Virginia Curator of the Arts Randall Reid-Smith and Chiho Feindler, senior director of programs and policy for the Save The Music Foundation, to announce the eight West Virginia middle schools that will be receiving grants in support of their music programs. These middle schools will receive an average value of $40,000 in musical instruments and ongoing program management and materials through the program.
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Gov Justice: Glenville Roundabout now open to traffic
Gov. Justice announced Thursday that the Glenville Roundabout is now open to traffic. The roundabout, located at the intersection of US 33 with College Street and Mineral Road, was officially dedicated at a ceremony today, and will provide a new entrance to Glenville State College and the Town of Glenville.
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Gov. Justice appoints Matt Irby as State Tax Commissioner
Gov. Justice announced Tuesday that he has appointed Matt Irby as West Virginia State Tax Commissioner. Irby was named Acting State Tax Commissioner on January 29 after serving the prior six years as the Director of the Tax Account Administration Division.
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Airports contribute $1.63 billion in revenue to West Virginia economy
West Virginia’s commercial and general aviation airports contribute about $1.63 billion in revenue and create more than 10,000 jobs, according to a study commissioned by the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission. According to the just-released West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study, visitors to the state’s seven commercial and 17 general aviation airports also spend more than $69 million a year.
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WVDNR highlights summer bluegill fishing opportunities
It’s officially summer in the Mountain State and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to cast their lines and enjoy warm-weather fishing for species such as bluegill.
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WVDNR shares boating safety tips ahead of July 4 weekend
The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest times of year for boating recreation and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to make sure their boats are operational, to drive sober and wear personal floatation devices while on the water.
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West Virginia Blue Ribbon Book Club Provides 258,000 Books to Children
The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to launch the second year of the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Book Club, a partnership between the WVDE, the Marshall University June Harless Center and The Dollywood Foundation. As part of the project, approximately 258,000 books will be distributed this summer to public school children entering first, second and third grade next school year. 
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Restoration of historic covered bridge could begin soon
Restoration work is almost ready to begin on the historic Carrollton Covered Bridge in Barbour County. The bridge, the third-oldest surviving covered bridge in West Virginia, was damaged by a fire in August 2017. The blaze destroyed much of the outer covering of the bridge, but left the basic structure mostly intact. The fire was later determined to be arson.
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Also this week:

Gov. Justice names Bentley as General Counsel

Gov. Justice signs Executive Order 22-21

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Host Webinar on American Rescue Plan Funding

West Virginia School Clothing Allowance Applications Open July 1-31, 2021

Pre-TMDL monitoring of Cacapon River now underway

WVDOT reminds drivers to stay safe during busy holiday weekend

WVDEP releases annual registration and compliance list for Covered Electronic Devices

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Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov


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