West Virginia Week in Review - June 19, 2021


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Gov. Justice previews West Virginia Day celebration and first “Do it for Babydog” vaccine lottery prize giveaway
On Thursday, Gov. Justice provided a reminder of his recent announcement that all West Virginians are invited to the State Capitol Complex in Charleston this Sunday, June 20, 2021, for a day of fun in celebration of West Virginia’s 158th birthday and to watch the first prize giveaway of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life”  vaccination lottery.

Prior to the main ceremony, a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held on Kanawha Boulevard, in front of the West Virginia Capitol Building, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The main ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Plaza on the south side of the Capitol Building.
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice will continue the celebration of West Virginia’s 158th birthday at the State Culture Center, where the Governor and First Lady will renew the annual tradition of cutting the ceremonial State birthday cake.
The Culture Center in Charleston will open from 1 – 5 p.m. with festivities happening throughout the day. Three new limited-edition Blenko glass pieces will go on sale beginning at 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The new pieces include a 2020 limited-edition pitcher and a 2021 limited-edition vase, with 35 of each piece available for $88 per item; and a special Father’s Day mug, which will sell for $50 with only 50 available.

The Culture Center also will be featuring two new exhibits for West Virginia Day. A new Blenko exhibit will be on display in the Great Hall Theater Gallery with a complete set of Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases. There also will be an opening of a new panel exhibit featuring the recent Capitol Dome Restoration, along with videos showing the complete process of the restoration.
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Gov. Justice declares Juneteenth as State holiday in West Virginia
On Thursday, Gov. Justice issued a proclamation, officially declaring Juneteenth as a State holiday in West Virginia. Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States.
The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is holding a virtual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19. The event will stream live on the HHOMA Facebook page at 5 p.m. and air on West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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Gov. Justice issues proclamation calling for Special Session of Legislature on Thursday, June 24, 2021
Gov. Justice issued a proclamation Friday, calling for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in special session at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The special session call requests that the Legislature consider over $250 million in supplementary appropriations that Gov. Justice has divided into 21 different initiatives.
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Gov. Justice issues order creating Blue Ribbon Task Force to develop training and education opportunities, providing better jobs for West Virginians
Gov. Justice issued an executive order Tuesday, creating a Blue Ribbon Task Force, designed to better-integrate the training and certification programs offered through the West Virginia Community and Technical College system and West Virginia’s Workforce Development system, opening the door to better job opportunities for all West Virginians.
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West Virginia unemployment rate decreases for 13th straight month
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased once again, dropping three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in May 2021.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate has declined for 13 consecutive months and remains better than the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.
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Gov. Justice joins MHIRJ to celebrate expansion of West Virginia Service Center
Gov. Justice joined executives with MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ), along with other local officials and MHIRJ employees, for an groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of MHIRJ’s MRO hangars at the company’s West Virginia Service Center location at North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport. MHIRJ signed a contract last month, investing $20 million to expand the facility by 100,000 square feet and adding two hangars. Construction is expected to be finalized and the expansion operational in approximately 18 months.
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WVDNR surveys Gandy Creek to assess weekly trout numbers
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently surveyed Gandy Creek to assess trout numbers in one of the state’s most popular fishing streams and biologists for the agency say their findings show there are still plenty of trout to catch in between stockings.
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Also this week:

WVDEP now accepting comments on restoration plan for Lower Guyandotte River Watershed

High School Equivalency Transition No Issue for Students

West Virginia WIC and Pacify Award Inaugural Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship

Registration Open for Virtual State Junior Conservation Camp

West Virginia student mappers serve as state finalists for national competition

DHHR Awards Funding for the WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center

Contact Information

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


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