West Virginia Week in Review - April 13, 2024


West Virginia Week in Review
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Gov. Justice, School Building Authority approve $150 million, 18 brand new projects
Gov. Justice, as Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA), announced a groundbreaking investment as the SBA approved an award of $149,851,553.00 for 18 new needs-based projects.

This latest funding builds upon a previous award of $111 million in December 2023, bringing the total awards for Fiscal Year 2024 to an unprecedented $261 million, setting a new standard for educational infrastructure support in West Virginia.
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“I could not be more proud to announce another massive investment in our students,” Gov. Justice said. “Our students deserve to have access to the learning environments they rightfully deserve. We continue to shatter records with SBA investments. This is proof we are committed to giving our kids the resources they need to thrive both in and out of the classroom.”
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Gov. Justice adds 14 counties to last week's State of Emergency
Gov. Jim Justice amended a State of Emergency to include  Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Logan, Mingo, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wayne, Wirt counties after severe thunderstorms caused flooding, downed trees, power outages, and road blockages.

A total of 26 counties are under a State of Emergency because of recent severe weather. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and monitor official emergency management and local media accounts for updates.
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Gov. Justice meets with first responders at Nuttall Volunteer Fire Department following storm damage survey 
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Gov. Justice announces plans to ease congestion on WV 9 in Berkeley County
Gov. Justice announced a 15-point improvement project to alleviate congestion along several sections of West Virginia Route 9. 

Growth in the Eastern Panhandle, and Berkeley County in particular, has led to congestion on WV 9 between Martinsburg and Hedgesville. The presence of multiple schools in the area, with more planned, has led to congestion at the beginning and end of the school day. In addition, numerous businesses, particularly near the General Motors Access Road, add to congestion.

Gov. Justice made the announcement alongside Senate President Craig Blair and Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston at the Martinsburg Regional DMV Office.
"This project is going to start making life easier for those who drive Route 9," Gov. Justice said. "We're facing a real challenge as the county's population grows. This boom is undeniably something to celebrate, and we will adapt as we grow. President Blair brought this issue to my attention, and I knew we needed to take action. Thankfully, because of Secretary Wriston and the hard-working members of our Department of Transportation, we are ready to roll out this plan to tackle the congestion."
"Since Governor Justice took office, countless road projects have been completed, making life better across West Virginia," Senate President Blair said. "Here's what I've learned working with this man: when Gov. Justice pledges to get something done, it gets done. That's why I am confident we'll fix the problems we face on Route 9. It's about acknowledging the problem, taking steps forward, and getting the job done. That's exactly the approach we're taking here."
"There's obviously a growing need for the DOT to deal with some of the issues on Route 9," Wriston said. "Under Governor Justice's and Senator Blair's leadership, we have an approach that will help the area, alleviate congestion, and move traffic more efficiently."
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Gov. Justice delivers $25m School Building Authority award to Berkeley County Schools 
Gov. Justice presented a check of $15,711,654 to Berkeley County Schools on Tuesday at Musselman High School. The funds will be used for the construction of a new primary and intermediate school.
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Gov. Justice visits Buffalo Elementary School to present check for over $20m to Wayne County Schools
Gov. Justice presented a check of $20,649,800 to Wayne County Schools on Friday. The funds will be used for an elementary school addition to the already existing Buffalo Middle School, transforming it into Buffalo PK-8 School.
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Gov. Justice declares April as Autism Awareness Month, delivers ceremonially check to autism education workforce 
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Gov. Justice visits Babcock State Park for seventh annual Gold Rush 
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Gov. Justice announces over $2 million in Justice Reinvestment Initiative Treatment Supervision Grant awards
Gov. Justice announced that he has awarded $2,454,527 in West Virginia Justice Reinvestment Initiative Treatment Supervision (JRI-TS) grant funds to thirteen projects. 
Click here to view awarded JRI-TS grants
These funds are provided by the State of West Virginia and are administered by the Justice and Community Services (JCS) Section of the Division of Administrative Services (DAS).
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Also this week:
West Virginia Becomes First State to Develop Protocols for the Administration of Whole Blood on Ambulances

WV Department of Education Hosts 500 Students at State Social Studies Fair in Charleston

WVBE Recognizes April as Month of the Military Child

Contact Information

CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov; Rachael Harper, rachael.a.harper@wv.gov


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