West Virginia Week in Review - May 28, 2021

5/28/2021

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Gov. Justice announces big cash, trucks, and scholarships among top prizes in upcoming vaccination incentive lottery
On Thursday,  Gov. Justice announced that the State of West Virginia will soon be giving away a million-dollar grand prize, additional cash prizes, college scholarships, pick-up trucks, and much more through a series of upcoming lottery drawings for West Virginians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Gov. Justice announced that the first lottery drawing will be held on West Virginia Day, June 20; the State’s 158th birthday.

Specific details about the incentive package are still being finalized.
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Gov. Justice announces West Virginia now 8% away from reaching vaccination goal for eligible population
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that out of 1,557,837 West Virginians ages 12 and older who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 887,388 of these individuals had received at least one dose of vaccine; a rate of nearly 57%. As part of the Governor’s recently announced “Call to Arms” vaccine initiative, State COVID-19 pandemic response leaders have set a goal of administering at least one dose of the vaccine to 65% of all eligible residents by West Virginia’s 158th birthday on June 20, 2021.
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FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine survey scam
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice advised West Virginians that the FBI is warning all Americans about a new scam targeting those who have been vaccinated. Federal officials say that scammers are emailing or texting individuals who have been vaccinated, asking them to take a post-vaccine survey to be entered into a lottery for money. However, they ask for your personal information and then steal your identity.
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Gov. Justice announces new Adventure Zone at Pipestem Resort State Park open for Memorial Day weekend
Gov. Justice announced Wednesday that a new addition to Pipestem Resort State Park is now open. The Pipestem Adventure Zone, a partnership with ACE Adventure, will bring several new family-friendly activities to the park. All Adventure Zone activities can be individually booked online.
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Gov. Justice orders all U.S. and State flags to be flown at half-staff on the morning of Monday, May 31, in honor of Memorial Day
Gov. Justice issued a proclamation Friday, ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all State-owned facilities throughout West Virginia be displayed at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021 – to honor the memory of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price defending the United States of America.
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WVDOT awards massive contract for MacCorkle Avenue ADA ramps
The first of three major construction projects has been awarded to upgrade MacCorkle Avenue through Kanawha City. The MacCorkle Avenue ADA ramp project is in conjunction with two other major upgrade projects on MacCorkle Avenue, which include repaving the highway from 40th Street to 56th Street, and a drainage correction and reconstruction project from 33rd Street to 40th Street. The ADA ramp project, let on May 11, 2021, and awarded on May 21, is the first of the three to be awarded.
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New law prohibiting possession of most native reptiles, amphibians now in effect
New regulations making it unlawful to take or possess most native reptiles and amphibians for any reason are now in effect in West Virginia. The new regulations prohibit the taking and possessing of 26 salamander species, 13 frog and toad species, six lizard species, 23 snake species and 12 turtle species. 
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Also this week:

West Virginia high schooler among just nine students across America to compete in 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Championship

DHHR’s Vital Registration Office Reopens Walk-Up Services

Special Afternoon Concert to be Held This Weekend in Place of Annual Vandalia Gathering

In accordance with President Biden’s proclamation, Gov. Justice orders all U.S. and State flags to be flown at half-staff through Sunday, May 30

Turnpike bridge replacement to cause temporary detours in June and July

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Seeking Entries for the 2021 West Virginia Juried Exhibition
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