West Virginia Week in Review - April 30, 2022


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Gov. Justice celebrates grand opening of $16.5 million PepsiCo Beverages distribution center in Ona
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice joined officials with PepsiCo Beverages North America for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to commemorate the grand opening of their brand-new warehouse and distribution center in Cabell County. The $16.5 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will distribute millions of cases of beverages per year to customers throughout West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Gov. Justice celebrates Military Signing Day at James Monroe High School
Gov. Justice joined students, teachers, and other staff members at James Monroe High School for a Military Signing Day ceremony honoring five JMHS and Monroe County Technical Center students who committed Friday to serving their state and their nation in the West Virginia Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps.
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Gov. Justice reports that Moderna is seeking FDA approval of its vaccine for use in children under 6 years old
On Thursday, Gov. Justice echoed a recent announcement by Moderna that the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize its vaccine for children under the age of 6, making it the first vaccine manufacturer to do so.

State Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh said that, once the vaccine receives approval in this age group, parents are encouraged to get their children vaccinated.
"We need to keep pulling the rope together, because there’s no way this thing is just flat gone,” Gov. Justice said Monday. “I remind you over and over to get your booster shots. You’ve got to get that done, especially if you’re 50 or over.”
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Gov. Justice appoints Charles Lorensen to West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals
Gov. Justice announced Tuesday that he appointed Charles O. Lorensen to the newly created West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals for a term of six-and-a-half years.

The appointment comes after the Governor received a letter of resignation from Donald A. Nickerson Jr. of Wheeling, who Gov. Justice appointed in December 2021.
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Work is moving along on approaches to celebrated Wellsburg Bridge
It’s been a year since the largest bridge ever floated into place in Noth America was hoisted onto its piers above the Ohio River in Wellsburg. The 830-foot main span of the Wellsburg Bridge was floated down the river on barges and lifted into place by massive jacks on Monday, April 26, 2021.

On the West Virginia side, work is complete building a nearly mile-long retaining wall necessary to add a third lane to WV 2. The third lane will allow access to the bridge. Steel work has also been finished and most of the concrete poured to connect the main span of the bridge with WV 2.
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West Virginia Parkways Authority approves critical upgrades to toll collection system
On Wednesday, the West Virginia Parkways Authority awarded a contract for $24.8 million to technology company TransCore for critical upgrades to the toll collection system on the West Virginia Turnpike. The contract includes installation of state-of-the-art technology to expand E-ZPass and other forms of electronic payment to potentially allow cashless toll payments at all Turnpike toll booths if the Authority decides to pursue this in the future.
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DHHR celebrates National Infant Immunization Week
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources joins partners across the country to celebrate and recognize National Infant Immunization Week, April 24-30, 2022. This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s priority is ensuring families stay on track for routine checkups and vaccinations following disruptions from COVID-19.
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West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles meets COVID pandemic with innovation, continues to think outside the box
When the global COVID pandemic hit in early 2020, leadership within the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles realized the organization was going to have to come up with a whole new way of doing business. Today, from contactless driver skills testing to online knowledge testing to the upcoming electronic liens and titling, the DMV continues to focus on advancing technology to improve efficiency and provide the best customer service possible.
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Also this week:

West Virginia Division of Highways opens FFY 2022 online grant application system for non-traditional transportation projects

RFP Released to Review DHHR from Top-to-Bottom

WVDEP accepting applications for 2022 grant funding for economic development of abandoned mine lands

Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake to open May 20

DHHR Receives $2 Million to Support West Virginia Home Visitation Program

West Virginia Division of Highways awards 21 construction projects

Gov. Justice releases results of DHS investigation into conditions at Southern Regional Jail

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