West Virginia Week in Review - April 23, 2022


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Gov. Justice celebrates completion of $5.7 million in upgrades at North Bend State Park
Gov. Justice announced the completion of $5.7 million in upgrades at North Bend State Park during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the reopening of the park’s lodge ahead of the summer travel season. Lodge upgrades include renovations to the lodge’s guest rooms, lobby, front desk, gift shop, and restaurant, as well as improvements to the lodge exterior, walkways, guest room corridors, and landscaping. In addition to the lodge renovations, the North Bend State Park also underwent $500,000 in cabin upgrades and $700,000 in construction for a pair of picnic shelters.
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Gov. Justice hosts bill signing event
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice hosted an event to ceremonially sign into law a pair of bills.

Senate Bill 570 will establish training for law enforcement officers in handling individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Senate Bill 698 will update the membership requirements for the West Virginia Veterans Council.
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Gov. Justice continues to urge boosters; celebrates extension of federal support for National Guard pandemic response
On Friday, Gov. Justice celebrated the recent news that President Joe Biden has extended 502(f) federal support for the National Guard, which will allow the West Virginia National Guard to continue assisting in the state’s response to COVID-19 through the end of September.
This week, the Governor once again encouraged those over 50 to get their second booster shot. 

“The youngest person that we lost in the last week was 51 years old,” Gov. Justice said. “The CDC has OK’ed the second booster shot for every single person in that age category as long as you’re four months removed from your first booster. Choosing to not take that second booster shot is a big-time mistake."
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Gov. Justice announces West Virginia National Guard to provide Ukraine military with armored vehicles
Gov. Justice announced Friday that the West Virginia National Guard will aid Ukraine by providing armored personnel carriers for use against continued Russian aggression. Following a request from the Department of Defense (DOD), the West Virginia Army National Guard will give an undisclosed number of M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to Ukraine as part of a drawdown of DOD inventories to support the country.
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Gov. Justice announces over $5.7 million in CDBG-CV grant awards for projects to combat COVID-19 across West Virginia
On Thursday, Gov. Justice approved over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES funding (CDBG-CV) for several projects that will combat COVID-19 in communities across West Virginia. Gov. Justice has approved four such CDBG-CV projects, totaling $5,795,833.00. Funded activities include public health service projects and expanding the ability of community health facilities to address the coronavirus pandemic.
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Workforce WV Director provides updates on Job Jumpstart Program, labor force participation rate
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice was joined by WorkForce West Virginia Director Scott Adkins, who started his remarks by providing an update on the Governor’s new Job Jumpstart Program, which provides a one-time, $1,500 payment to eligible West Virginians who get a new job and remain employed for at least eight weeks.
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Gov. Justice issues proclamation calling for Special Session of Legislature on Monday, April 25, 2022
Gov. Justice has issued a proclamation, calling for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in Special Session on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. Last month, Gov. Justice announced that he would call a Special Session, coinciding with April Legislative Interim Meetings, to give the Legislature the opportunity to address bills from the Regular Session that were vetoed for purely technical reasons, among additional legislation.
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First Lady Justice: Buckhannon Academy Elementary School welcomes new therapy dog through Friends With Paws program
Students at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School in Upshur County welcomed a new four-legged friend into their school Wednesday. The school hosted a “Pup Rally” to celebrate the arrival of the state’s next therapy dog through the Friends With Paws program. The dog introduced at today’s event is named Foster. He is a Golden Labradoodle.
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Slide repair update: WVDOH District 10, McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties
West Virginia Division of Highways District 10, consisting of McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties, has recently completed 25 slide repairs and has another 18 designed.

Slide repairs are one of many types of work being completed statewide, and drivers should be aware that work zones -- big and small -- are everywhere in our state. From widening a lane on an interstate, to performing a bridge inspection, to clearing a ditch on a rural road, drivers should remain alert in every work zone, every time.
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WV Dept. of Education tours state to promote Pathway to Teaching
State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch will continue the statewide tour of several counties participating in the West Virginia Department of Education’s Grow Your Own Pathways to Teaching Initiative. Over the next several weeks, he will lead delegations of educators to visit high schools and talk to students interested in the teaching profession. The tour began last week in Kanawha County. West Virginia is among many states facing a teacher shortage. The Pathways to Teaching Initiative allows students to pursue a teaching degree while still in high school.
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West Virginia moves up in rankings for bicycle-friendly states
West Virginia is improving its ranking for states considered friendly to bicyclists, according to data just published by a national bicycle advocacy group. The League of American Bicyclists lists West Virginia as 28th of the 50 states for laws and policies designed to keep bicyclists safe and to promote bicycling. West Virginia ranked 34th in 2019, the last time the league released rankings prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Davis Park pinwheel garden highlights child abuse prevention efforts
A pinwheel garden has been planted in the City of Charleston’s Davis Park in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The blue and silver pinwheels are part of a nationwide awareness campaign emphasizing the importance of a safe and happy childhood. Visitors to Davis Park, located in downtown Charleston, as well as participants of the April 21 Downtown Charleston ArtWalk, were encouraged to take a pinwheel, which were placed by employees of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. 
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Also this week:

JVAC releases names of applicants seeking to fill seat on Intermediate Court of Appeals

WVDOH accepts bids for 24 projects

Eastern Panhandle work crews flip from patching potholes to snow removal

Melody Duke selected as BRIM Executive Director

DHHR Receives Federal Grant to Transition to 988 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Making Strides in 2022

Ratliff Named Director of DHHR’s Office of Emergency Medical Services

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


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