West Virginia Week in Review - May 14, 2022


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Gov. Justice announces massive road project to connect Welch with Coalfields Expressway
Gov. Justice hosted an event Friday near the site where the state’s newest major highway through his Roads To Prosperity program will connect the Town of Welch with the Coalfields Expressway. The Governor joined officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) to announce that he has approved the bid award for this $147.6 million project to Bizzack Construction of Lexington, Kentucky.
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Gov. Justice presents $100,000 check to Lincoln County seniors through Do it for Babydog: Senior Center Edition
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice hosted a celebration Thursday at Hamlin Senior Center, presenting a $100,000 check to Lincoln County seniors as grand prize winners in the Senior Center Edition of the Do it for Babydog vaccination sweepstakes. The Governor and First Lady brought along their pet English Bulldog and sweepstakes mascot Babydog for the festivities.
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More than 20,000 West Virginians used the Vaccine Calculator this week
On Friday, Gov. Justice and West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force Director Jim Hoyer once again urged all West Virginians to use the state’s new Vaccine Calculator to check if they’re up-to-date on their shots.

"Our Vaccine Calculator is now at over 220,000 people have completed the calculations. This week alone, more than 20,000 people used the vaccine calculator," said Director Hoyer. "We have some updates that are now on the calculator for healthcare providers."

On Thursday, Gov. Justice issued a proclamation – in accordance with a presidential proclamation – ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff through sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022, in remembrance of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19.
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First Lady Cathy Justice inducted into June Harless Hall of Fame
First Lady Cathy Justice was honored Thursday night during an induction ceremony for the June Harless Hall of Fame at Marshall University. Each year the June Harless Center recognizes people who have been identified as outstanding contributors to West Virginia’s educational system with special focus on the rural areas of the state.
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WV Department of Education, State and Federal Labor Agencies Partner for Teacher Apprenticeship Designation
West Virginia is one of only a few states in the nation to designate a teacher preparation pathway as a Registered Apprenticeship. The West Virginia Board of Education and West Virginia Department of Education hosted the West Virginia Department of Commerce along with the West Virginia office of the U.S. Department of Labor and Higher Education Policy Commission at the May 11, WVBE meeting to announce the Department of Education’s Grow Your Own Pathway to Teaching Initiative as a Registered Apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Higher Education Policy Commission approves nursing education opportunities resulting from Gov. Justice’s nursing workforce expansion program
During its meeting Thursday, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Concord University, as well as Marshall University’s request to offer the BSN degree on the campus of Glenville State University. These programs are among 27 nursing education programs at colleges, universities, schools of nursing, and career technical education centers across the state that have received a total of $25.5 million through Gov. Justice’s nursing workforce expansion program.
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WVDOH expediting piling wall repair following damaging rains
After heavy rains last week damaged hillsides and roadways, the West Virginia Division of Highways is expediting construction of a piling wall to permanently repair a slip on WV 34 near the Putnam County community of Liberty. The slipping section of roadway, already on WVDOH's radar for repair this construction season, was heavily damaged in last week's rain. WVDOH is currently back-filling with gravel so the public can travel through the area while repairs are being completed.
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Also this week:

Gov. Justice orders flags at State Capitol and in Braxton County to half-staff on Tuesday, May 10, in honor of Volunteer Firefighter John Forbush

West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program Reminds Motorists to Look Twice, Save a Life

Application for Seventh Judicial Circuit vacancy

Bridgeport High School student Morgan Sprouse earns an honorable mention prize in Poetry Out Loud National Finals

WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind to amend facilities plan to better meet students’ needs

WVDEP, WVDOT hosting new vendor trainings for upcoming infrastructure and reclamation project

PEIA Boosts Salary Tiers Ahead of State Employee Across-the-Board Pay Raises

Contact Information

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


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