West Virginia Week In Review - August 20, 2022


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Governor and First Lady Justice announce next seven schools to receive Friends With Paws therapy dogs for Fall 2022
On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice announced the next seven schools that will receive certified therapy dogs as a part of the First Lady’s Friends With Paws initiative. The addition of the seven dogs to Friends With Paws will achieve the initial goal of the program; placing ten certified therapy dogs in schools across West Virginia by the end of this year.
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Gov. Justice declares State of Emergency for Kanawha and Fayette counties due to flooding
On Monday, Gov. Justice declared a State of Emergency for Kanawha and Fayette counties due to excessive rainfall that occurred overnight on Monday, August 15, which caused significant flooding that damaged over 100 homes, bridges, and roads throughout the counties. The storm also resulted in downed trees, power outages, and disruption to potable water systems. Over 20 people had to be rescued from their homes.
Since then, West Virginia Division of Highways road crews from Fayette and Nicholas counties have been working long hours to clear mudslides and reopen roads in Carbondale, Smithers, Cannelton Hollow, Gauley Bridge, and other communities hit hard by heavy localized thunderstorms.
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Gov. Justice appoints Andrew Anderson to 35th District seat in House of Delegates
On Friday, Gov. Justice appointed Andrew Anderson of Charleston to the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 35th District. The district covers part of Kanawha County. Anderson fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Larry Pack earlier this month. He will serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
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DHHR purchases mobile COVID-19 vans for testing and vaccines
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has purchased 16 mobile vans to provide free COVID-19 testing and vaccines for West Virginia’s K-12 public and private schools during school or community events. Some of the vans have already been deployed to local health departments across the state and others will be delivered in the coming months.
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Work on MacCorkle Avenue reconstruction project continues in the wee hours of the night
Motorists travelling on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City may think that work to revamp the section of highway has slowed down. But work rebuilding MacCorkle Avenue from 33rd Street to 40th Street is going on every night. Most of the work has been underground as contractors install drainpipes, storm drains and gutters. Most work is going on from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize disruptions to the traveling public.
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Also this week:

Drive High, Get a DUI. Drug-Impaired Driving is Illegal and Deadly.

WVDEP issues recreational use advisory for areas downstream of Mount Olive Correctional Center

Dr. Lewis-Stankus to join WV Department of Education as a Deputy Superintendent

WVDOT is hiring entry level engineers and bridge inspectors NOW!


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


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