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Transportation Alternatives Grant Awards
October 25, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Today, Gov. Jim Justice awarded several Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails program grants. The West Virginia Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program is administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and funded by the Federal Highway Administration. These grants help towns and cities build and improve sidewalks, lighting, and rail trails.

The projects awarded include:

Greenbrier River Trail Association: Greenbrier River Trail Facilities Replacement and Enhancement Project is being recommended for $42,400 in federal funding. FULL STORY

Meet the Candidates Night
October 22, 2018

Want to learn more about who wants to represent you this November? Come to Audrey's Banquet Room for an exciting, fast-paced evening and good conversation with local and state candidates. You will have a chance to hear them speak on what issues are important to them and then speak to them one-on-one... FULL STORY

Roads to Prosperity is working for West Virginia
October 9, 2018

unday marks first anniversary of historic vote to improve state’s transportation system CHARLESTON, WV- Sunday, October 7, 2018, marks the first anniversary of the passage of Gov. Jim Justice’s historic Roads to Prosperity Bond Program that is infusing billions of dollars into modernizing and impro... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s tourism industry grew in 2017
September 20, 2018

West Virginia outpaces national growth by 30 percent CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s tourism industry grew in 2017 for the first time since 2012. The finding comes in annual economic impact research released this morning. The research shows that traveler sp... FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Alerts Consumers to Spike in IRS Scam
September 20, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted consumers to a recent spike in Internal Revenue Service scam calls, perhaps related to the upcoming Oct. 15 filing deadline for those who sought an extension in April. The scam typically starts with a phone call indicating the ... FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Scam Watch – Sept. 14
September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division alerted consumers to be on guard for these scams, as recent calls and reports indicate ongoing occurrences of each in the Mountain State. IRS Scam: An impostor claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service calls ... FULL STORY

First Weekend of Sports Betting Nets $29,541.75
September 7, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – The State of West Virginia will yield a tax of $29,541.75 from the first official tax week of sports betting at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, according to acting Lottery Director Doug Buffington. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported actual taxable revenue of $320,63... FULL STORY

Justice Announces Heroes Day
September 7, 2018

WV’s Heroes Day will be September 8, 2018 CHARLESTON, WV— Today, Governor Justice issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday in September as Heroes Day in West Virginia. Recognizing our state’s first responders, Governor Justice said "These selfless heroes put others before themselves a... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice reports stellar revenue collections
September 5, 2018

August collections $33.4 million above estimates, YTD revenues $65.8 ahead of estimates CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice announced today that General Revenue collections for the state continue to run significantly ahead of estimates and prior year receipts and that the state’s economy keeps mov... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice announces approval of bond sale
August 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Economic Development Authority today approved the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance and improvements to West Virginia’s state parks and forests. “In the 2018 State of the State address I told you our state ... FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Scam Watch – Aug. 14
August 17, 2018

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division alerted consumers to be on guard for these scams, as recent calls and reports indicate ongoing occurrences of each in the Mountain State. IRS Scam: An impostor claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service calls ... FULL STORY

President Trump grants flood disaster declaration
July 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice on Thursday secured federal funding for emergency response work and repairing or rebuilding damaged facilities resulting from severe storms during the week of Memorial Day. President Donald J. Trump granted a request from Governor Justice and declared that th... FULL STORY

Justice Praises President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee
July 11, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday praised President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court. “President Trump has made a great choice in Judge Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy’s vacancy on the Court,” Gov. Justice said. “He has kept his promise to the American pe... FULL STORY

Justice signs executive order for new Commission
July 3, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has signed an executive order creating a Blue Ribbon Commission to review, study and assess the current state of four-year Higher Education institutions in West Virginia. “These colleges and universities are a lifeline for the students th... FULL STORY

Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission
June 29, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education to study and evaluate ways that West Virginia can create a more efficient and meaningful Higher Education system. The Commission will be officially created by executive order and ... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice Meets with President Trump
June 28, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice today met with President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. The Governor discussed several issues with the President, including the Trump-Justice Coal Plan and timber (furniture, cabinetry, and flooring) manufacturing. Gove... FULL STORY

Hundreds of millions in road and bridge work
June 8, 2018

Parkways Authority unanimously adopts new toll policy and rate schedule CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that during its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the West Virginia Parkways Authority unanimously adopted a new toll policy and toll rate schedule, paving the way for hundreds... FULL STORY

$500,000 in funding for law enforcement training
June 7, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the Mountain State will receive the training they need to serve and protect their fellow West Virginians, thanks to funding secured by Gov. Jim Justice during the recent special legislative session. Today, Gov. Justice announced ... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice secures FEMA funds
May 31, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice has secured the federal funding needed so a Wetzel County community can finish a $49,213 repair project for its flood-damaged sewer system. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed final approval Thursday for the $36,913 Public Assistance grant r... FULL STORY

Governor Justice makes good on RISE promise
May 30, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV—Gov. Jim Justice reported today that since he ordered the RISE program to resume operations last week, six families have been handed keys to their brand-new homes. “I gave a directive to get this program back up and running so that we can get our hurting neighbors a new home to se... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice delivers keynote address
May 29, 2018

Osteopathic School bestows honorary doctorate degree on Governor "for his invaluable contributions, generosity and strong support of WVSOM, the community and the state" CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivered the keynote address Saturday during the West Virginia School of Osteopat... FULL STORY

Historic bond sale complete
May 26, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s largest-ever tax-exempt financing deal has yielded $800 million, plus expected interest, for hundreds of Roads to Prosperity projects statewide, Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday. Justice administration officials also secured an attractive, 3.575 percent blended, ... FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Warns Consumers of Medicare Scam
May 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns consumers to be cautious of Medicare scams that seek to steal personal and sensitive information. Scammers will pose as a Medicare representative or an affiliate and ask for bank account, credit card, Medicare and/or Social Secur... FULL STORY

Upcoming Roads To Prosperity Bond Sale
May 20, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said today that the State of West Virginia will be offering $800 million in General Obligation State Road Bonds for the Roads to Prosperity Program beginning on Monday, May 21, 2018, with the sale of Series 2018A Bonds prioritizing West Virginia residents. The b... FULL STORY

Justice signs bill allowing Sunday hunting
April 6, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 451 on Thursday, allowing Sunday hunting on public lands in West Virginia. The bill was passed overwhelmingly during the recently completed legislative session. Last year, Gov. Justice signed a bill permitting Sunday hunting on private land w... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice announces six additional appointments
March 13, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the appointment of six additional women to the PEIA Task Force. The 29-member Task Force, to be chaired by Justice Administration Chief of Staff Mike Hall, will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Governor’s Cabinet Conference R... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice has terminated Gayle Manchin
March 12, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice today has terminated the employment of Gayle Manchin, Secretary of Education and the Arts. "We have not made a decision yet on legislation (HB 4006) to reorganize the Department of the Education and the Arts," Gov. Justice said. "Earlier today, Secretary Manchin ... FULL STORY

Tomblin, DOH Cut Ribbon on New Section of Corridor
November 11, 2016

102 miles of 132-mile project now complete CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox were joined by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and representatives from U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito's office, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Federal Highway... FULL STORY

Military, First Responder Recognition Trees
November 10, 2016

Recognition trees to honor West Virginia's service members and first responders CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin invite all West Virginians to honor the state's military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on the ... FULL STORY

Record-Breaking Early Voting Totals
November 7, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – More than 220,000 West Virginians voted during the state’s early voting period, setting a record for early voting turnout in a general election, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced on Monday. With all 55 counties reporting, 220,275 people voted during West Virginia... FULL STORY

College Application and Exploration Week
November 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed this week as "College Application and Exploration Week" in recognition of the statewide campaign organized by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV). Staff from nearly 450 schools will host college-planning activities throughout the we... FULL STORY

Tomblin Dedicates Clarksburg State Office Building
November 2, 2016

Offering state government services in a convenient location in Harrison County CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined other state and local officials to dedicate the new State Office Building in Clarksburg, serving the residents of Harrison County and North Central West Virginia. ... FULL STORY

Make Voices Heard During Early Voting
October 31, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that 24,251 West Virginians voted on Wednesday, the first day of early voting in West Virginia’s 2016 General Election. West Virginia’s ten-day early voting period started yesterday, and will end on Saturday,... FULL STORY

Tomblin Unveils Hobet Project
October 28, 2016

West Virginia National Guard project announced as park's initial investment CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the Hobet economic development project in Southern West Virginia will be known as Rock Creek Development Park. Through a public-private approach, the state has re... FULL STORY

Appalachian Regional Commission Grants
October 27, 2016

11 community projects totaling more than $5.1 million CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced 11 state recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program grants, totaling more than $5.1 million in grant funding. "In my time as Governor, I have... FULL STORY

Open candidate forum and discussion at WVWC
October 26, 2016

BUCKHANNON — On Tuesday, Nov. 1, West Virginia Wesleyan College is partnering with Generation Upshur and the Our Children, Our Future campaign to bring legislative candidates to campus for an open candidate forum and discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall on the third floor of the Benedum Campus... FULL STORY

Open candidate forum and discussion at WVWC
October 25, 2016

On Tuesday, November 1st, West Virginia Wesleyan is partnering with Generation Upshur and the Our Children, Our Future campaign to bring legislative candidates to campus for an open candidate forum and discussion. The Our Children, Our Future (OCOF) coalition calls on state legislators to address an... FULL STORY

CDC Guidelines on Safe Use of Opioids
October 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the state has developed a plan that adheres to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and... FULL STORY

Tomblin to Lead Jobs Investment Mission
October 14, 2016

West Virginia now home to more than 130 international companies CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced plans for an investment mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland scheduled for October 14-22. During meetings in London, Belfast and Dublin, Gov. Tomblin will focus on strengtheni... FULL STORY

Secretary of State’s Office Sends Postcards
October 6, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – In an effort to increase participation in the electoral process, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant today announced that her office has mailed postcards to West Virginians who may be eligible to vote but are not yet registered. Eligible, but unregistered residents are encourag... FULL STORY

E-claims nearly half of unclaimed property returns
October 5, 2016

Residents filing electronically make up 41 percent of total State Treasurer John Perdue’s office continues to develop its online system for unclaimed property returns. In the most recent fiscal year, those filing electronic claims made up nearly half of all claimants at 41.5 percent. Of 7,... FULL STORY

Online Voter Registration System sees activity
October 3, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says West Virginians have made more than 56,000 submissions through the online voter registration (OVR) application system during its first year. This number includes 30,111 new voter registration applications, as well as name changes, party ... FULL STORY

Tennant Issues Statement on Ballot Access Ruling
September 24, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant issued the following statement in response to the United States District Court for the Southern District overturning the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals interpretation of the state’s independent candidate nominating process. “I am d... FULL STORY

Tomblin Extends State of Emergency
September 24, 2016

Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties to remain under State of Emergency until October 21 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin extended the State of Emergency for the following five counties, allowing for continued state resources to support residents and communities affe... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs Flood Relief Legislation
September 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation, House Bill 201, that he presented to the Legislature earlier this week in a special session to appropriate funds to cover West Virginia's share of costs associated with the June 2016 flooding. Gov. Tomblin signed the bill during a ceremon... FULL STORY

Tomblin Declares "GEAR UP Week"
September 21, 2016

West Virginia GEAR UP helps thousands of students gain education and training beyond high school CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today proclaimed this week as "GEAR UP Week" to recognize the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative, a pro... FULL STORY

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In a ceremony with children, families and advocates, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness month. "Today, we come together in solidarity for our kids, survivors, loved ones and everyone whose lives have been impacted by childhood cancer," Gov... FULL STORY

Special Session to Address Flood Costs
September 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced an extraordinary session of the State Legislature to address the state's share of costs associated with flooding that devastated West Virginia in June of this year. "The June flooding was unprecedented in our state's history, claiming 23 liv... FULL STORY

Straight-Ticket Voting Eliminated
September 16, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant reminded West Virginians that effective this general election, eligible voters who intend to vote for all candidates in a single party should individually select each candidate on the ballot. During the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers pas... FULL STORY

$9.3 Million in Grants to Local Groups
September 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $9.3 million in grant funding to community support groups and justice programs across the state. This funding will be used to develop new programming and enhance existing initiatives to support West Virginia's communities and state justic... FULL STORY

One-Year Anniversary of 844-HELP4WV Call Line
September 14, 2016

Call center has received more than 5,000 calls for help around substance abuse, mental health CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined state and local officials at the 844-HELP4WV call line headquarters in Charleston to commemorate the one-year anniversary of West Virginia's first sta... FULL STORY

Manchin Statement on 15th Anniversary of 9/11
September 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the fifteenth anniversary of September 11th. “Each and every one of us can remember exactly where we were when we first learned that our country was under attack fifteen years ago. It was a tragic day, not ... FULL STORY

Department of Veterans Assistance Unveil Program
September 12, 2016

Mountain State 22 aims to increase awareness of risk factors contributing to veterans' suicides CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined officials from the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance and representatives of a variety of veterans' organizations to announce the Mounta... FULL STORY

Free cup of brew with a fire crew and senator too
September 9, 2016

ROCK CAVE (WV) – Building mutual trust, confidence, understanding, respect, engaging in sincere discussions about tangible issues impacting the local community conducted in a neutral, stress-free location, is the ultimate goal of a new initiative being launched by local firefighters in this small co... FULL STORY

Tennant Kicks Off Voter Registration Month
September 4, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant kicked off National Voter Registration Month by sharing information about state requirements and deadlines for voter registration in West Virginia leading up to this year’s general election. “The Secretary of State’s Office, along with co... FULL STORY

Funding for West Virginia to Combat Opioid Abuse
September 2, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) applauded $53 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health Human Services (HHS) that will support six programs in 44 states administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMH... FULL STORY

Tomblin Reminds West Virginians of FEMA Assistance
August 31, 2016

Residents in counties affected by June flooding must register by Wednesday, September 7 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today reminded West Virginians affected by the June 2016 flooding that the deadline to register flood-related damages with the Federal Emergency Management Agen... FULL STORY

More Than $625K to Assist Homeless Veterans
August 31, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that three West Virginia housing facilities will receive a total of $626,200 from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The grants will... FULL STORY

Potential of POWER Grants for Job Growth in W Va
August 29, 2016

Nine West Virginia projects set to receive nearly $10 million through Appalachian Regional Commission HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined representatives of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Economic Development Administration to announce the first round of fed... FULL STORY

Funding to Prevent and Control Crime
August 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced a total of $140,878 in funding for communities throughout West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). The By... FULL STORY

Department of Commerce Celebrate Top Exporters
August 26, 2016

Governor recognizes 37 West Virginia exporters, announces STEP grant funding CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, along with West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, today awarded the International Market Entry Award to 37 companies from across the Mountain State. T... FULL STORY

Tomblin Extends State of Emergency
August 22, 2016

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties to remain under State of Emergency until September 21 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today extended the State of Emergency for the following eight counties, allowing for continued state resources to s... FULL STORY

New - DMV in Self-Service Kiosks
August 19, 2016

Units to be installed at grocery stores and shopping centers across the state LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin unveiled the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) self-service kiosks at the West Virginia State Fair. Gov. Tomblin requested the development of the kiosks in 2015 t... FULL STORY

Federal Crime-Fighting Grants
August 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that four communities in West Virginia will receive federal crime-fighting grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants Program (Byrne JAG). The grants ... FULL STORY

Registration Deadline Extension Granted by FEMA
August 17, 2016

Residents in counties affected by June flooding now have until September 7 to file for individual assistance CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his request for a two-week extension for residents affected by th... FULL STORY

WVa Improves 19 Spots in National Index
August 10, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced that West Virginia improved 19 spots, from 45th in the nation to 26th, in the PEW Charitable Trusts’ 2014 Elections Performance Index (EPI). The EPI, measures how effectively states administer elections. It also measur... FULL STORY

Manchin Applauds Groundbreaking for Homes
August 8, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Homes for West Virginia at “Hope Village” in White Sulphur Springs. At the groundbreaking, Mylan and MedExpress announced they will be providing $1 million and $500,000 respectively in seed money for Homes fo... FULL STORY

Nearly $600K for West Virginia Airports
August 5, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced the Buckhannon-Upshur Airport Authority, Eastern WV Regional Airport Authority and Morgantown Municipal-Walter L Bill Hart Field will receive a total of $580,245 from the U.S. Department of Transportation F... FULL STORY

More Than $2 Million for Flood Recovery Efforts
August 3, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $2,371,387 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. This $2 million grant will be used to remove debris and allev... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Announces Housing Assistance
August 1, 2016

State-requested Manufactured Housing Units approved by FEMA CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that approval has been granted to amend the initial Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorization for Direct Temporary Housing to include Clay and Nicholas countie... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Child Advocacy Center Grants
July 29, 2016

More than $1.6 million to fund 21 projects across the state CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that he has awarded more than $1.6 million in Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Grant Program Funds to twenty-one (21) projects across West Virginia. These funds are awarded to lo... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Substance Abuse Efforts
July 20, 2016

More than 1,700 calls received to date through HELP4WV CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday participated in a special plenary session, "Governors Unite Against the Opioid Crisis," and joined with 45 other governors to unveil the National Governors Association's (NGA) Opioid Compac... FULL STORY

Visit Official State Flood Website for Information
July 16, 2016

Website updated daily with recovery resources and community needs CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With long-term flood-recovery efforts underway and community needs evolving, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to visit www.WVFLOOD.com, West Virginia's primary source of information on flo... FULL STORY

Prescription Drug Monitoring Act
July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today, along with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME), introduced the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in all states that receive certain federal funding to combat opi... FULL STORY

Manchin Applauds Passage of FAA Reauthorization
July 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill, which extends the FAA authority through September 2017. Included in the bipa... FULL STORY

DHHR Announces LIEAP payment
July 13, 2016

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced a supplemental Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) payment for West Virginia’s elderly residents, disabled residents and low income families who received a regular LIEAP payment this past winter. “I am pl... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces State Assistance in Place
July 6, 2016

Representatives from state agencies available to help those affected by flooding get resources they need CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced representatives from a number of state agencies are now stationed at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Cen... FULL STORY

More Than $17 Million for West Virginia Head Start
July 6, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $17,537,809 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in West Virginia. This fundin... FULL STORY

Approved Federal Disaster Declaration
June 26, 2016

FEMA declaration to provide individual assistance in three counties following floods CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced his request for a Federal Disaster Declaration has been granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist West Virginians after extreme f... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Vetoes Budget Bill
June 9, 2016

Tomblin strongly urges members of the House of Delegates to join bipartisan coalition CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today released the following statement after vetoing House Bill 101, the Budget Bill, and announced a budget compromise with the Senate to balance the Fiscal Year 20... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Expands Special Session Call
June 3, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today expanded the call to include two additional matters for legislators to consider during the current special session: "Today, I am amending the call for the extraordinary legislative session to include a Department of Environmental Protection rules b... FULL STORY

ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign Examplar
May 24, 2016

CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined ACT officials today to recognize West Virginia achievements in college and career readiness. Honorees include a high school senior, a high school, and a community and technical college. Shania Clack, a senior from Mount View High Scho... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Transportation Alternatives
May 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced grant awards to 37 communities and organizations to fund infrastructure projects across the state. The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant Programs will provide more than $6 million for a variety of improvements. "To... FULL STORY

Tomblin announces first phase of Hobet project
May 13, 2016

Development sites identified and plans for road construction underway CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 12, 2016) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the first phase of the Hobet project is underway, including preliminary site development plans and the release of a Division of Highways request for quali... FULL STORY

Tomblin Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
April 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin endorsed Hillary Clinton for president: Although I remain concerned about some of Secretary Clinton's positions on fossil fuels, I believe she is the best choice to unite the Democratic Party and, after being elected president in November, our country. I... FULL STORY

Standard & Poor's Rating Report
April 25, 2016

Report identifies state's economic challenges and lack of revenue as reasons for downgrade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statement following a notice from Standard and Poor's Rating Services announcing it has lowered West Virginia's bond rating to 'AA-': "Throughout... FULL STORY

Tomblin and Manchin Host Luncheon
April 23, 2016

Luncheon to highlight new opportunities for shale gas development in West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, today hosted a luncheon with Japanese business l... FULL STORY

Complete the FAFSA, Pay For College
April 6, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Earning a skill set certificate or college diploma is one of the most promising pathways to a bright and prosperous future for our state and our students. Research shows that graduating from college is one of the best chances students today have to get a stab... FULL STORY

Proposals introduced by the governor
March 30, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement after signing two new substance abuse reforms into law. The governor introduced the two proposals as part of his annual State of the State address in January. "Last night, I was honored to join U.S. Departm... FULL STORY

Northern Region Listening Tour
March 28, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) announced its Northern Region Listening Tour scheduled Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the North Wheeling Dream Center, 407 Main Street in Wheeling (former West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources building) at 5:30 p... FULL STORY

ANNUAL EASTER CARNIVAL
March 22, 2016

Annual carnival to be held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at State Capitol Complex CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin announced plans for the 2016 Easter Carnival on Saturday, March 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at State Capitol Complex. "Joanne and I... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Issues Statement On Budget
March 16, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement following new revenue estimates for Fiscal Year 2017: "The West Virginia Department of Revenue today provided the Legislature with updated estimates for Fiscal Year 2017. New estimates were lowered by about $240 million, which reflects... FULL STORY

Statewide Nominations for 2016 Governor's Service
March 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encouraged all West Virginians to nominate outstanding individuals, families and organizations for the 2016 Governor's Service Awards. "The annual Governor's Service Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who dedicate countless hours of th... FULL STORY

Records Management, Survey and Planning Grants
March 11, 2016

More than 50 communities receive $464,177 in grant funding to preserve local archives CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin awarded more than $464,000 in grant funding to more than 50 communities across the state to preserve West Virginia history through the survey and planning and records ma... FULL STORY

Tomblin Presents 13 Communities with Block Grants
March 9, 2016

Funding supports more than $12 million in local projects CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 13 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $44 million i... FULL STORY

Governor's School of Entrepreneurship
March 7, 2016

Applications being taken for program's inaugural session at Marshall University CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 7, 2016) - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the creation of the Governor's School of Entrepreneurship (GSE), which will celebrate its inaugural session at Marshall Unive... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement Following Override
March 6, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statement following the Legislature's veto override on House Bill 4145, relating to the carry or use of a handgun or deadly weapon: "West Virginia's law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe and helping us in t... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Signs Senate Bill 419
March 3, 2016

Legislation pays off old workers' compensation debt more than a decade ahead of schedule CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 419, terminating taxes imposed under Workers' Compensation Debt Reduction: "I appreciate the work of the Legislature to come together and pa... FULL STORY

$1.5 Million to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment
March 2, 2016

Services part of Gov. Tomblin's justice reinvestment reforms CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced more than $1.5 million in substance abuse treatment services, establishing new services in 12 counties and expanding services in eight additional counties. This grant fundi... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statements on Key Proposals
February 26, 2016

Issues include school aid formula, highways, concealed carry and tobacco tax CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued statements on key legislative proposals that will be addressed during the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session. "During my State of the State address, I pre... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 26 calls
February 23, 2016

Banks District firefighters answer 26 calls for service in January; offers clarification for clearing roadway debris By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for January.... FULL STORY

Tomblin Vetoes Prevailing Wage Legislation
February 12, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed House Bill 4005, repealing prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements: "Last year, I worked with the Legislature to create a compromise on prevailing wage to help local communities by exempting projects less than $500,000 and to improve our sta... FULL STORY

Passage of Right-to-Work Legislation
February 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement following the passage of right-to-work legislation. "I remain committed to growing West Virginia's economy, but I do not believe right-to-work legislation is the best way to do that. "We can continue to improve our state's business... FULL STORY

HUD denies state's $140 million request
January 22, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement following notification from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that the state will receive no funding from the National Disaster Resilience Competition, from which it had requested $140 million to diversify the e... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statewide State of Preparedness
January 20, 2016

Governor urges all West Virginians to take steps to stay safe during winter weather CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statewide State of Preparedness, mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during the severe winter weather predicted to be part of Winte... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin Delivers State of the State Address
January 14, 2016

Address highlights top priorities and key pieces of legislation CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today delivered the 2016 State of the State Address in the House Chamber at the State Capitol Complex. Gov. Tomblin's remarks included an overview of new programs and initiatives related ... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin Looks Back on 2015
December 29, 2015

From budget shortfalls to comprehensive reforms, 2015 brings challenges and progress for West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today looked back on 2015 - highlighting both challenges and new steps forward on issues that have defined his term as governor and his ongoing efforts ... FULL STORY

Gov.Tomblin Challenges Missouri Governor Nixon
December 18, 2015

Governors to wager on the D-II National Football Championship CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today challenged Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to a friendly wager on the matchup between the Shepherd University Rams and the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats in the Division II Nat... FULL STORY

Governor’s One Shot, Inc. Grant Increased
December 11, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A grant from the Governor’s One Shot, Inc. has increased the reimbursement rate for meat processors who participate in the Division of Natural Resources’ “Hunters Helping the Hungry” (HHH) program. The reimbursement has been raised from $1.45 per pound of processed venison ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Property Donation
December 3, 2015

Local family donates more than 100 acres in Kanawha County CHARLESTON, W.Va. (December 3, 2015) - Gov. Tomblin today announced a Kanawha County family has donated more than 100 acres, including two industrial buildings, to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for future development of t... FULL STORY

Military, First Responder Recognition Trees
November 10, 2015

Recognition trees to honor West Virginia's service members and first responders CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today invite all West Virginians to honor the state's military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on t... FULL STORY

Land and Water Grants for 11 W.Va. Communities
November 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced $584,809 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for 11 community outdoor recreation projects across the state. These park improvements will leverage nearly $1.2 million in federal, local and private funds and will benefit more than 236,000 West... FULL STORY

Grant Funding to Support Local Support Groups
October 30, 2015

Funding supports child advocacy, domestic violence and sexual assault programming in local communities CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of more than $3.6 million in grant funding to support 65 community support groups and justice programs statewide. This fund... FULL STORY

W.Va. To Comply with Comply with Clean Power Plan
October 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement regarding West Virginia's plan to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan at the annual Governor's Energy Summit: "As required by new legislation passed by the Legislature this year, the sta... FULL STORY

Tomblin Highlights Natural Gas Development
October 13, 2015

Governor also signs three-state agreement pledging support for ongoing natural gas development in the Appalachian Basin MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (via video conference) at the inaugural Tri-State Shale S... FULL STORY

Dramatic Decline in Severance Taxes Results in Cut
October 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced an across-the-board cut of 4 percent for most West Virginia government agencies, a move made necessary largely due to unexpected and unprecedented drops in the state's severance tax collections. "This is a difficult decisi... FULL STORY

Growing Healthy Communities Grants Announced
September 23, 2015

Grant funding to promote eight healthy living projects in West Virginia towns CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced awards for the first phase of eight projects totaling $100,000 in funding from the Growing Healthy Communities grant program. "I applaud the work of leaders i... FULL STORY

September 'Infant Safe Sleep Month'
September 19, 2015

First Lady Tomblin continues tour of West Virginia hospitals, part of statewide Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin to proclaim September as "Infant Safe Sleep Month," part of West Virginia's Our Babies: Safe ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Over $760,000 in Arts Awards
September 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 16, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia. "Our state is filled with a rich history and a robust artistic culture," Gov. Tomblin sa... FULL STORY

Conley Fabrication Expansion in Mineral Wells
September 11, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 9, 2015) - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Conley Fabrication employees and owner Roger Conley to celebrate the company's $2 million facility expansion in Mineral Wells. "I'm pleased to join representatives from Conley Fabrication to not only celebrate the gra... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Day to Serve Kickoff Rally
September 11, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia's kickoff rally for Day to Serve, a collective effort to strengthen communities across the Mountain State through volunteer service. "Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers participated in more than 404 service projects acros... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Announces Launch of 844-HELP4WV
September 9, 2015

West Virginia's first 24-hour substance abuse and mental health call line CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 9, 2015) - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the launch of 844-HELP4WV, the first statewide 24-hour substance abuse call line, providing those battling substance abuse with information ab... FULL STORY

State will Explore Prison Option in Mason County
September 4, 2015

State will not take possession of Sugar Grove Naval Base CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the state of West Virginia will explore additional prison space for female inmates in Mason County. The governor also announced the state will not take possession of the Sugar Grove ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Cenergy Grand Opening
August 13, 2015

Cabell County expansion to support regional natural gas operations MILTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined natural gas contractor Cenergy LLC. to announce the grand opening of the company's new expanded operations facility in Milton. "This expansion highlights the competitive edg... FULL STORY

Child Advocacy Center Grant Awards
August 7, 2015

More than $1.5 million in grant funds to support 20 projects statewide CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of $1,557,503 in Child Advocacy Center (CAC) grant program funds to 20 projects across the state. Funds will assist local non-profit CACs in addressing the... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement Following Filing
August 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed its final Clean Power Plan rule: "After an initial review, it appears the Environmental Protection Agency has made some changes to the proposed Clean Power Plan ru... FULL STORY

Tomblyn: Alpha Natural Resources Bankruptcy Filing
August 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 03, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after Alpha Natural Resources announced it has filed bankruptcy: "Today's announcement by Alpha Natural Resources is heartbreaking for our miners, their families and the communities in which they liv... FULL STORY

$20 Million Scientific Research Grant
August 3, 2015

State has received more than $60 million in EPSCoR funding since 2001 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has a... FULL STORY

11th Consecutive Reduction in Workers' Comp Rates
July 31, 2015

West Virginia employers to save an additional $43 million this year CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 31, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia employers will see a projected $43 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year, and have seen savings of more than $... FULL STORY

Celebrate West Virginia's Top Exporters
July 27, 2015

Governor recognize 46 West Virginia exporters, sales to 85 different countries CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council to present the Governor's Commendation fo... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement on Century Aluminum
July 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Century Aluminum: "I am disappointed by today's announcement and have asked Century Aluminum officials to reconsider their decision to permanently close the company's Ravenswood fa... FULL STORY

Statewide Truancy Diversion Initiative
July 24, 2015

Effort part of comprehensive juvenile justice reform legislation CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the launch of the Truancy Diversion Initiative, part of the governor's comprehensive juvenile justice reform in West Virginia. The governor introduced the proposal as part of... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement Following Harper's Ferry
July 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued this statement following the Harpers Ferry fire: "Today's news about the fire in Harpers Ferry is heartbreaking for our state, the community and those who call it home. Joanne and I send our thoughts and prayers to all those whose livelihoods... FULL STORY

Lowest Home Mortgage Interest Rate in Fund History
July 21, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund today announced the lowest home mortgage interest rate in fund history. Qualifying West Virginia families are now eligible for a 30-year fixed rate loan below 2.81%. Down payment and closing cost assistance loan... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Announces Commission
July 14, 2015

Plan for study announced during 2015 State of the State address CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the formation of the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety, first announced during his 2015 State of the State address. The Commission was formed thr... FULL STORY

Community Corrections Grants
July 13, 2015

More than $6.3 million in grant funding to support 27 projects statewide CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today $6,311,801 in West Virginia Community Corrections (CC) Grant program funds to 27 projects across the state. Funds will assist local communities in the establishment a... FULL STORY

Meeting Regarding Road Issues
July 11, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead have met to discuss ways to improve West Virginia's highway infrastructure. The three met for more than an hour Tuesday, July 8, with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox. Among other issues, the... FULL STORY

STOP Violence Against Women Act Program Grants
July 6, 2015

More than $1.1 million in grant funding to support 28 projects statewide CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced $1,169,840 in grant funding to support the STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program for 28 projects statewide. The purpose the grant program is to establish or... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Issues Statement Following Ruling
June 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statement following the Supreme Court's ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency: "As we have maintained for years, the Environmental Protection Agency far too often fails to consider the impact its mandates have on jobs and th... FULL STORY

Energy Donation to Support College Foundations
June 23, 2015

$500,000 donation to support scholarships for students at Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Southwestern Energy will donate $250,000 to each of the college foundations at Pierpont Community an... FULL STORY

Justice Reinvestment Treatment Supervision Grants
June 2, 2015

$250,000 in grant funding to support 5 projects across the state CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 01, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced $250,000 in grant funding to support the ongoing implementation of the Treatment Supervision Program initiative, part of his landmark justice reinvestment ef... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Completion of New Phase
May 29, 2015

Governor announces additional 7.5 mile section of road to go out for bid CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the completion of a 4.4-mile section of Corridor H and plans to put an additional 7.5-mile stretch of the Appalachian Corridor H project out for bid in the coming w... FULL STORY

U.S. and State Flags Lowered in Observance
May 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In keeping with presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State Flags on all state-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff from dawn until dusk, Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. "Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to honor o... FULL STORY

Federal Disaster Declaration Granted
May 21, 2015

Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Lewis, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel Counties to receive federal assistance CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a federal disaster declaration has been approved for Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jacks... FULL STORY

Receptions Held in Nagoya and Tokyo
May 19, 2015

TOKYO, JAPAN - Gov. Tomblin today hosted the second reception celebrating the successful partnership between West Virginia and Japan. Two receptions, one in Nagoya and one in Tokyo, were very well received with nearly 400 in attendance. A video highlighting the success Japanese companies have foun... FULL STORY

West Virginia's First Workforce Summit
May 15, 2015

Just last week, I was proud to welcome West Virginians from across the state to the state's first Workforce Summit - a comprehensive review of West Virginia's past, present and future workforce development efforts. During my time as Senate President and now, as your Governor, I have made it a pri... FULL STORY

Toyota Honorary Chairman Praises West Virginia
May 15, 2015

TOYOTA CITY, JAPAN (May 15, 2015) - Gov. Tomblin today attended a private luncheon with Toyota Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia President Millie Marshall at Toyota's headquarters. Dr. Toyoda praised the Toyota's West Virginia plant, located in Buffa... FULL STORY

Tomblin Hosts State's First Workforce Summit
May 7, 2015

Event provides comprehensive review of West Virginia's workforce development efforts CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council, today hosted the state's first Workforce Summit, a comprehensive review of the state's workforce devel... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Appoints Steven Shaffer
May 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announces the appointment of Steven Shaffer to represent the citizens of the 52nd District in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Shaffer's appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Larry Williams. Shaffer's appointment is effective immed... FULL STORY

Tomblin to Lead Trade Mission to Japan
April 28, 2015

Trip marks the 25th anniversary of West Virginia's Nagoya Office CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will lead a business mission to Japan May 12 through 21. The trip also will mark the 25th anniversary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce's Nagoya Office. The mis... FULL STORY

Low-interest Loans to Help Small Businesses
April 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the federal disaster declaration granted following Winter Storm Thor has been amended to include affected small businesses in Fayette, Mercer and Tucker counties. These counties are now eligible to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration... FULL STORY

A Positive Return on State Road Fund Bond Sale
April 21, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the sale of more than $133.7 million in State Road General Obligation refunding bonds, saving the state nearly $26 million in total interest payments. "Today's bond sale is a testament to the hard work we've done over the past twenty ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Encourages Statewide Nominations for 2015
April 20, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to nominate outstanding individuals, families and organizations for the 2015 Governor's Service Awards. "Each year, volunteers across the Mountain State work hard to make service in and around their communities a t... FULL STORY

Unclaimed Property Owners Notified by Letter
April 16, 2015

CHARLESTON – Using a subscription database, State Treasurer John Perdue’s office is sending letters to rightful owners of unclaimed property, notifying them of their forgotten assets. Unclaimed Property Deputy Treasurer Carolyn Atkinson said her division has been using a subscription database su... FULL STORY

State of Emergency Issued for Five Counties
April 8, 2015

Declaration to support ongoing response efforts in Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties following severe flooding, rockslides and mudslides caused by heavy rai... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs Senate Bill 393, Juvenile Justice
April 4, 2015

Juvenile justice proposal introduced during the governor's 2015 State of the State address CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed Senate Bill 393, launching comprehensive juvenile justice reform in West Virginia. The governor introduced the legislative proposal as part... FULL STORY

Federal Disaster Declaration Has Been Granted
April 1, 2015

FEMA declaration to assist government agencies following Winter Storm Thor CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced his March 24 request for a federal disaster declaration following Winter Storm Thor has been granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal decl... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs SB 423
March 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 423, amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act: "Today I signed Senate Bill 423, which amends the Aboveground Storage Tank Act passed in 2014," Gov. Tomblin said. "The changes in this bill represent reasonable steps to ensure protection... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Transportation Alternatives
March 27, 2015

More than $5.6 million to assist with 42 projects across West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration's West Virginia Division Office to award over $5.6 million in Transport... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs FY2016 Budget Bill
March 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed House Bill 2016, the budget bill for Fiscal Year 2016, with targeted cuts. In January, Gov. Tomblin presented the Legislature with a responsible, balanced budget that took into account the tough budget year. "As a longtime legislator and former... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Vetoes SB347
March 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed Senate Bill 347, creating Firearms Act of 2015: "Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsi... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Records and Preservation Grants
March 20, 2015

Recipients in 41 counties receive a total of $708,875 in grant funding CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the awarding of $708,875 in grant funds to recipients in 41 West Virginia counties. Funding was allocated in the form of State Development Grants, Survey and Planning Grants... FULL STORY

2014 Consumer Protection Division Year-in-Review
March 13, 2015

CHARLESTON —Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the 2014 Consumer Protection Division Year-in-Review to coincide with National Consumer Protection Week. In 2014, the Division saw a significant increase in consumer scams as well as breaches of electronically stored personally identifiable... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs SB 357, SB 361 and HB 2201
March 13, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed Senate Bill 357, creating the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015: "Today, I signed Senate Bill 357, which calls for changes in several aspects of West Virginia's mining regulations. As part of my decision to sign the bill, I have worked with le... FULL STORY

Growing Healthy Communities Grants
March 11, 2015

Projects promote healthy living in downtown communities CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced awards for seven projects totaling $135,720 in grants for the Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program. "I applaud the ingenuity of these loc... FULL STORY

Second Reduction in Projected Withdrawal from Rain
March 10, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a significant adjustment in his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which will now require $9.1 million less than anticipated to be taken from the state's Rainy Day Fund. Initial projections called for an extraction of $68.6 million fro... FULL STORY

Morrisey Cautions Residents of Free Cruise Scam
February 28, 2015

MARTINSBURG — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to be cautious of automated calls that offer a free cruise in return for answering survey questions. The Attorney General’s Eastern Panhandle Office has received numerous inquiries from local consumers who have received robocalls ... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin Signs SB237
February 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 237, creating Captive Cervid Farming Act: "I have great respect for the significant economic impact hunting has in West Virginia, with more than 350,000 hunters helping to create more than 5,000 jobs and generate nearly $270 million for... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin Vetoes HB2201 and SB335
February 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed House Bill 2201 related to certain net metering and interconnection rules and standards: "Due to a number of technical issues in the bill, I am unable to sign House Bill 2201 into law. I encourage the Legislature to re-examine this piece of legisla... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin Highlights West Virginia's Successes
February 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Sunday joined Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, the National Governors Association (NGA) Economic Development and Commerce Committee and manufacturing leaders to discuss ways states can improve opportunities to expand advanced manufacturing opportunities ac... FULL STORY

Be Wary of Weight Loss Scams
February 19, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warned citizens to use caution when considering products that promise to help them lose weight. Every winter, people set goals to get in shape and lose weight in order to get healthier or get ready for spring and summer vacations. However, tho... FULL STORY

Morrisey Warns College Students of Scams
February 13, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges future and current college students, as well as their parents, to do their research before applying for scholarships and other financial aid. “February is a time when many students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal S... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs Senate Bill 280
February 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Senate President Bill Cole, members of the West Virginia Legislature and representatives from Southwestern Energy, today signed Senate Bill 280, supporting economic development in West Virginia. "For years, we've worked hard to make West Virgi... FULL STORY

Repeal of Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio
February 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act. "In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia's Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry," Go... FULL STORY

Morrisey Warns College Students To Be Aware
February 3, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today urged West Virginians to be aware of employment scams targeting college students. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently issued a warning about an email scam circulating around college campuses offering “work from home” opportunities spe... FULL STORY

Take Steps to Protect Online Information
January 28, 2015

CHARLESTON — In honor of Data Privacy Day, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged citizens and businesses alike to take steps to protect themselves online from scammers and would-be identity thieves. “So much of life now happens online, be it communicating with friends, banking, shopping, or ... FULL STORY

Infant Safe Sleep Training Forum and Celebration
January 25, 2015

First Lady Tomblin joined nurses, caregivers and staff from United Hospital Center and representatives from the Our Babies: Safe and Sound project to help launch the 2015 Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies campaign and celebrate the successes of last year's campaign. "I'm proud to partner with th... FULL STORY

14 Communities Receive Small Cities Block Grants
January 23, 2015

Funding supports more than $12.3 million in local projects CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12.3 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 14 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $27 million in other f... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Wilson and Kingery
January 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Dr. James S. Wilson and Beverly E. Kingery to the West Virginia Board of Education. The appointments are effective immediately. Dr. James S. Wilson Gov. Tomblin has appointed Dr. James S. Wilson to serve ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Presents Car to W.Va. Teacher of the Year
January 16, 2015

Teacher of the Year award sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike Martirano, West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin, and repres... FULL STORY

Tomblin Delivers State of the State Address
January 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today delivered the 2015 State of the State Address in the House Chamber at State Capitol Complex. Gov. Tomblin's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are available on www.governor.wv.gov, and included below: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the Le... FULL STORY

Water Crisis After Action Review Available Online
January 10, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the final After Action Review (AAR) of West Virginia's response to Elk River chemical spill and provided an update on ongoing efforts by state officials to protect West Virginia's water resources. "This After Action Review plays a critical... FULL STORY

Morrisey Releases Report Detailing Findings
January 9, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a report that detailed the results of the Office of the Attorney General’s investigation into the Jan. 9, 2014, Elk River Chemical Spill. The report, which was the result of the work of hundreds of hours by the Office’s investigators, found... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Reed Commissioner of W.Va. DNR
January 7, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Patricia S. Reed to serve as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. Reed will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of previous DMV Commissioner, Steve Dale. "I'm grateful for Steve Dale's years of ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Fala to W.Va. DNR
January 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Robert A. Fala to serve as the director of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, effective January 1, 2015. Fala will fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of previous DNR Director, Frank Jezioro. ... FULL STORY

Elimination of the Business Franchise Tax
December 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Business Franchise Tax will be eliminated effective Jan. 1, 2015, the latest step in a series of reductions that have improved West Virginia's business climate and led to new investments across the state. "The Business Franchise T... FULL STORY

Longtime DNR Director to Retire
December 23, 2014

Director to retire at year's end CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the retirement of Frank Jezioro, longtime director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Gov. Tomblin thanked Jezioro for his many years of dedication and service to the state. Director Jezi... FULL STORY

Diamond Electric Headquarters Moving to W.Va.
December 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Diamond Electric is relocating its North American headquarters to West Virginia. The move will consolidate the automotive ignition coil manufacturer's main U.S. office with its existing operation in Eleanor, Putnam County. The parent compa... FULL STORY

Final Report from State Task Force
December 12, 2014

Report outlines recommendations to strengthen juvenile justice system CHARLESTON, W.Va. (December 11, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today received recommendations and a final report from the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. In June, the governor launched a comprehe... FULL STORY

National Influenza Vaccination Week December 7-13
December 8, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Immunization Services is encouraging individuals to get their flu shot as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 7-13. According to recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Servic... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Land and Water Grants
December 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced more than $300,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for projects in six communities. The grants supplement more than $1 million in other federal, local and private funds that will be used to improve local parks and recreation areas throug... FULL STORY

National Service Agency: Operation AmeriCorps
November 21, 2014

New funding competition open to Tribal and local governments WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced Operation AmeriCorps, a new program designed for AmeriCorps members of all types to help local leaders address their community’s most pressing... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Congratulates Mountwest
November 11, 2014

Attendance Pays project to improve student attendance, retention and completion rates CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today congratulated Mountwest Community & Technical College on the recent award of $2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support Attendan... FULL STORY

Tomblin to Lead Trade Mission To Brazil
November 7, 2014

Governor Tomblin, West Virginia Development Office to meet with Odebretch and Braskem officials CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will be traveling to Brazil with members of the West Virginia Development Office to continue ongoing discussions with executive leadership ... FULL STORY

W.Va. DMV to Receive National Digital Award
October 17, 2014

Award will recognize online vehicle registration renewal service CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 16, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be nationally recognized for making services more accessible to citizens through its online vehicl... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Launch of Safe at Home Program
October 16, 2014

Federal program to support, strengthen families across West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Children and Families will launch Safe at Home West Virginia, a federal pilot program to sup... FULL STORY

Submit Photos For Military, First Responder Trees
October 15, 2014

Recognition tress to honor West Virginia's service members and first responders CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today asked all West Virginians to honor our military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on the two... FULL STORY

Division of Corrections Harvest Now Program
October 2, 2014

Participating DOC facilities have donated more than 46,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Tomblin recognized the West Virginia Division of Correction's Harvest Now donation program, a sustainable fresh produce effort, for donating more than 46,000 pounds of... FULL STORY

Funds to Support New, Current Workforce Training
September 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced three West Virginia community and technical colleges will receive more than $9 million in grant funding to help connect students with employers and support new and current workforce training programs, part of a nat... FULL STORY

Governor Launches New Initiative
September 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined students, faculty and staff at Wayne High School to kick off a new campaign to encourage more young West Virginians to explore post-secondary education programs. The campaign, dubbed "My State, My Life," aims to produce a more skilled workforce ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Deskins
September 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Sabrina L. Deskins as Family Court Judge for the 8th Family Court Circuit serving Mingo County. Deskins will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former Family Court Judge Miki Thompson to Circuit Judge for the 30th Jud... FULL STORY

Morrisey Urges FCC to Allow Call-Blocking Tech
September 13, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today joined 38 other states and territories in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone companies to utilize call-blocking technologies that would better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams. Call-blocking tec... FULL STORY

W.Va. to Participate in Day to Serve
September 12, 2014

'Day to Serve' kickoff in conjunction with AmeriCorps 20th anniversary CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia's kickoff celebration honoring Day to Serve, a collective effort to strengthen communities across the Mountain State through volunteer service. "Last year... FULL STORY

WARN Notice By Patriot Coal
September 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statement following an announcement from Patriot Coal that the company has notified employees of potential layoffs at its Corridor G complex in Boone County. "The announcement of potential layoffs at the Hobet 21 Mine and Beth Station prepa... FULL STORY

Administrative Action Regarding Senate Bill 373
September 10, 2014

Interpretive rule outlines guidance on implementation of Water Resources Protection Act CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) filed an interpretive rule providing guidance on the imp... FULL STORY

Tomblyn Announces Recommendations for Grants
September 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 8, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program grants. The recommended projects total more than $4.3 million in grant funding. "From public water systems to education and workforce dev... FULL STORY

Public Water System Supply Study Commission
September 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed four members to the Public Water System Supply Study Commission, part of Senate Bill 373 - the Water Resources Protection Act - which was signed into law earlier this year. The four appointees include: Rick Roberts, P.E., who will serve as a pro... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement: Dominion Announcement
September 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after an economic development announcement from Dominion: "For many years, we've worked hard to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica Shale developments in West Virginia," Gov. Tomblin said. "We continue to be optim... FULL STORY

Highways' First Public Private Partnership Project
August 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 26, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, along with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, Congressman Nick Rahall and the Coalfields Expressway Authority, today announced plans to advertise for the Request of Qualifications (RFQ) of the Division of Highways' first Private Public ... FULL STORY

Arts and Historic Preservation Grant Awards
August 27, 2014

Grant funds to support arts and historic preservation programs across West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the awarding of $1,441,760 in grant funds to support arts and historic preservation programs and individuals statewide. Grant funding will support and buil... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces New Jobs in Hardy County
August 26, 2014

American Woodmark to add 80 more jobs, 100,000 square feet at cabinet-making facility CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined American Woodmark Corporation in announcing a major expansion of the company's Moorefield, West Virginia cabinet-manufacturing facility. American Woodmark ... FULL STORY

Stream Restoration Funding
August 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced federal and state monies for emergency watershed protections in the Bull Creek area of McDowell County. "The emergency situation in the Bull Creek area is a prime example of why Congress must fully fund USDA's flood protect... FULL STORY

Tomblin Joins Taskforce on Juvenile Justice
August 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined members of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and representatives from Pew Charitable Trusts to launch a comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system. "We've brought together an outstanding g... FULL STORY

W.Va. to Receive Grant Funding for Workforce
August 15, 2014

W.Va. selected as part of Learning Network by National Governors Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia was selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to receive grant funding and additional support to expand workforce education and trainin... FULL STORY

Gov. Tomblin on Alpha WARN Notice Announcement
August 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement following an announcement from Alpha Natural Resources that the company has notified 1,100 Alpha employees of scaled back operations at 11 West Virginia mines. The potential for layoffs and mine closures are h... FULL STORY

Tomblin Joins West Virginia Miners at Rally
August 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Penn. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined West Virginia miners, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and many others for a Rally to Support American Energy. The rally was held in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing for the proposed Clean Po... FULL STORY

Patrick Morrisey Files Lawsuit
July 29, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the State of West Virginia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging President Barack Obama’s practice of cherry-picking which laws his Administration will enforce. The lawsuit alleges th... FULL STORY

Tomblin Welcomes New Orleans Saints and Fans
July 26, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today welcomed the New Orleans Saints to their preseason training camp, underway at the new facility in White Sulphur Springs. Training camp is set to last until Thursday, August 14, and will bring visitors and fans from across the nation to West Virginia, a... FULL STORY

New Appointments for State Parks & DNR Law
July 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today named Sam England as the chief of the Parks and Recreation section and Jerry Jenkins as the chief of the Law Enforcement section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Jenkins was sworn in this afternoon, and England will assume his post F... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Formation of Juvenile Task Force
July 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the formation of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice, the first step of landmark, comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system. The task force was formed through Executive Order No. 6-14. "... FULL STORY

Office of Minority Affairs Hosts Summit
July 16, 2014

As part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's justice reinvestment initiative, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA), in conjunction with the Partnership of African American Churches (PAAC) and the West Virginia Division of Corrections hosted the Moral Rehabilitation Initiative & Faith Leade... FULL STORY

Tomblin Names Hopkins to Serve
July 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Kris Hopkins as the head of the Business and Industrial Development section of the West Virginia Development Office. The appointment is effective immediately. "I've had the opportunity to work with Kris on several major natural gas projec... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Appointments
July 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of David Sneed as executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority (WVSBA). "David is no stranger to West Virginia's School Building Authority and played a key role in developing a number of planning mecha... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Appointments to Commission
July 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced appointments to the West Virginia Ethics Commission. Appointments are effective July 1, 2014. Pursuant to House Bill 4298, the governor's appointments are as follows: Bob Wolfe, Democrat from the 3rd Congressional District, will serve a... FULL STORY

Carefully Evaluate Charities Before Donating
July 1, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is encouraging West Virginia consumers who plan to make donations to charitable causes to evaluate exactly where those dollars will go, and how they will be used. “With recent stories in the media of people generously donating to causes only to have... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Changes at DMAPS
June 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced changes at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), including the appointment of Stephanie Bond as director of Division of Juvenile Services. "Today, I am extremely pleased to name these three dedicated and experienced ... FULL STORY

Governor Recognizes 100 Top W.Va. Exporters
June 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 24, 2014)- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council to present the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry to representatives of 37 West Virginia business expo... FULL STORY

State BofEd Announces Superintendent Candidate
June 26, 2014

During the last several months, the WVBE has been engaged in a thorough search process for a state superintendent of schools. As part of this process, our national search firm, Ray and Associates, Inc. engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. From that pool, 64 candidates spanning 43 sta... FULL STORY

Review of West Virginia's Juvenile Justice System
June 20, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined with justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, members of the West Virginia Legislature and representatives of Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) to announce a landmark, comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system. "While much of our ... FULL STORY

Chesapeake Executive Council Partnership
June 18, 2014

West Virginia one of six states to sign landmark agreement CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia's partnership with the Chesapeake Executive Council and the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, supporting a six-state region that includes thousands ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Highlights Progress
June 15, 2014

Gov. Tomblin featured presenter during CSG Justice Center presentation CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 12, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, members of Congress, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) to ... FULL STORY

New System Centralizes Management of Abuse
June 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Commissioner for the Bureau for Children and Families Nancy Exline announced the establishment of a Centralized Intake Unit (CIU) for reports of abuse and neglect. “The Centralized Intake Unit will ensure consistency acro... FULL STORY

Morrisey Statement On ‘Job-Killing’ EPA Proposal
June 6, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources.” The proposed regulations impose nationwide limitations on carbon dioxide emitted fro... FULL STORY

Fitch Affirms A+ Stable Rating
June 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Fitch Ratings has affirmed its A+ stable rating on two bond issues. The rating applies to West Virginia's Lottery Revenue Bonds issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and the Higher Education Policy Commission, and Excess ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Addresses New Rules Related to Emissions
June 4, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined with federal and state officials as well as business and labor leaders to address the new carbon dioxide emission rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The EPA's new rules are an extensive 645 pages long and at first g... FULL STORY

Tomblin Orderes State Flags Lowered
May 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to honor the memory of the military men and women who have perished while defending our State and Nation. In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Tomblin ordered U.S. and State flags at all state-owned facil... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Successful SBA Bond Sale
May 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that the West Virginia School Building Authority successfully sold $26 million in revenue bonds that will fund $30 million in school construction projects. The bonds are the first sold by the state since legislation enacted during the Firs... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Appoints Judges
May 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Robert E. Richardson as Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit and Miki Thompson as Circuit Judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit. 11th Judicial Circuit Appointment Gov. Tomblin appointed attorney Robert E. Richardson as... FULL STORY

Toyota bornlearning Academies(R) Pilot Project
May 21, 2014

Cabell, Putnam and Wayne county schools selected to participate CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County, Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County and East Lynn Elementary School in Wayne County have been selected to pilot Toyota bornlearning Academ... FULL STORY

Moody's and S&P Reaffirm Positive, Stable Ratings
May 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Moody's and Standard & Poor's Rating Services (S&P) have reaffirmed their positive, stable ratings on West Virginia's Excess Lottery Revenue Bonds issued by the West Virginia School Building Authority and the West Virginia Economic Developmen... FULL STORY

National Small Business Week
May 13, 2014

WASHINGTON – National Small Business Week 2014 celebrations kicked off today with activities at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The annual event is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and designed to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business advocat... FULL STORY

Tennant Announces Record High Early Voting Numbers
May 12, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – With 54 of 55 counties reporting West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that 44,547 people cast their ballot during the early voting period, setting a record for a midterm primary election. “These numbers prove that even with a shortened early voting per... FULL STORY

Stadelman to Serve as Director of Communications
May 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Chris Stadelman will serve as the Director of Communications for the Governor's Office, effective May 16, 2014. "I have worked closely with Chris in the past and I believe he brings valuable knowledge and experience to our team," Gov. Tomblin sa... FULL STORY

After Action Review of Response to Water Crisis
May 7, 2014

Review to include public comment, questionnaire available online CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 5, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today commenced the After Action Review of West Virginia's response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. The Review will highlight the many ways in which state agencies... FULL STORY

A Call to Reconsider Cuts to Army National Guard
May 7, 2014

A joint column by Governor Tomblin and Adjutant General James Hoyer (May 06, 2014) - We have asked the National Guard to fight our wars and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. West Virginia's citizen soldiers have done so with extraordinary honor and courage. Now, the federal governmen... FULL STORY

Tomblin Taps Goodwin to Serve
May 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 1, 2014) -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced he will appoint Amy Shuler Goodwin as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. For the past two years, Goodwin has served as the Director of Communications for Tomblin. "Like many... FULL STORY

Morrisey Warns Consumers About New Loan Scam
April 30, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warned West Virginia consumers about a loan scam going on in the Mountain State in which a company offers to provide a loan to a customer, but demands an upfront processing payment using a prepaid debit card. In the scam, consumers are contact... FULL STORY

Formation of STEM Council
April 30, 2014

Council established through Executive Order No. 3-14 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the formation of the West Virginia Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and addressed the Council at its inaugural meeting. The STEM Council was formed through ... FULL STORY

Joint Resolution Announced
April 29, 2014

Governor challenged colleges and universities to address this issue in his 2014 State of the State Address CHARLESTON, W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Educatio... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces National Emergency Grant Funding
April 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced WorkForce West Virginia will receive supplemental funding in the amount of $ 5,639,376 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U. S. Department of Labor to continue providing services to workers affected by layoffs and mine closures occurr... FULL STORY

Retirement of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver
April 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the retirement of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver, effective May 31, 2014. "Betty has dedicated nearly 40 years to public service in the Mountain State. And for the past 11 years she has led efforts to show the world the many things tha... FULL STORY

Tomblin Recognizes National Green Ribbon Schools
April 25, 2014

Eastwood Elementary and Cameron High Schools receive award from U.S. Department of Education CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized Eastwood Elementary (Monongalia County) and Cameron High School (Marshall County) for being among 48 schools from across the country to receive the Gr... FULL STORY

Planned Construction of Natural Gas Power Plant
April 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 23, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding an announcement from Moundsville Power regarding planned construction of a new natural gas power plant in Marshall County. "For several years, we have worked hard to make the most of the inc... FULL STORY

Most Common Consumer Complaint in the Ohio Valley
April 23, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Northern Panhandle and Ohio Valley residents filed more complaints about debt collection agencies in 2013 than any other topic. The announcement comes as part of the Office of the Attorney General’s efforts to track the types of complaints that... FULL STORY

April Proclaimed as National Safe Digging Month
April 16, 2014

Tomblyn Encourages West Virginians to call 811 before they dig CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 14, 2014) Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaims April as National Safe Digging month and encourages West Virginians to call 811 before every digging project. "The depth of utility lines can vary and the risk of ... FULL STORY

Tomblin, DMV Announce New Online Services
April 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 15, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Acting Commissioner Steve Dale today announced West Virginians may have the option to renew their vehicle registration and request a duplicate registration card through the DMV's online service portal. ... FULL STORY

Carnival to be Held at State Capitol Complex
April 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 9, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin invited West Virginians to attend the 2014 Easter Carnival, which will take place at the State Capitol Complex, Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Joanne and I hope you will stop by the S... FULL STORY

Tomblin Signs Military Spousal Licensure Bill
April 10, 2014

Provides Temporary Licensure Options for Military Spouses CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 9, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed House Bill 4151, relating to military spousal licensure. This legislation will assist military spouses navigate the professional licensure and certification requirement... FULL STORY

$1.2 Million Settlement in Auto Title Lenders Case
April 8, 2014

MARTINSBURG — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that the Office of the Attorney General reached an approximately $1.2 million settlement in Jefferson County Circuit Court with Fast Auto Loans Inc. and Virginia Auto Loans Inc. As part of the settlement, the two title loan companies agre... FULL STORY

Tomblin Honors Memory of Miners Lost
April 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 4, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin honored the memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives, four years ago tomorrow, at the Upper Big Branch mine. This morning the governor took a moment to write a note in the book of thoughts and prayers... FULL STORY

Tomblin signs SB 373
April 1, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined legislators and cabinet members to sign Senate Bill 373, which outlines a reasonable regulatory structure to ensure all above ground storage tanks are meeting standards to ensure tank integrity. "The Elk River chemical spill has made us all - in our communities and a... FULL STORY

Morrisey Announces Distribution of Settlement Fund
March 29, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that West Virginia consumers who purchased electronic books between April 2010 and May 2012 should receive account credits or checks this week as part of a national settlement. A total of $697,193.97 is expected to be distributed among Wes... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement on the Signing of Bill
March 27, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement regarding the signing of Senate Bill 317. "This evening, I signed Senate Bill 317 because I support our 2nd Amendment rights, and I also see the need for uniform and consistent gun laws throughout the state. I believe this legislation will g... FULL STORY

False Jury Duty Scam Alert
March 19, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged West Virginians to be cautious if they receive a phone call from someone who says the citizen is being fined for not responding to a jury duty notice. “This is a particularly egregious scam in that it plays on people’s confusion and nervousnes... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appeals FEMA's Decision
March 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 11, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appealed the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deny West Virginia's request for federal assistance and emergency protective measures in response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. "No one could foresee... FULL STORY

Elections, Business, Notary Bills Pass In Session
March 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said bills passed by the legislature this year will help strengthen and modernize the notarization process, make it easier for cooperative associations to get started, and change how independent candidates get on the general election ballot. ... FULL STORY

SMART529 College Savings Program surpasses $2 Bil
March 8, 2014

CHARLESTON – West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue recently joined with West Virginia Higher Education Policy Chancellor Paul Hill to announce that SMART529, West Virginia’s College Savings Plan, has surpassed $2 billion in financial assets. “Reaching $2 billion in investments is a significa... FULL STORY

Be Careful When Evaluating Ways To Pay Down Debt
March 7, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging consumers to be cautious when evaluating their options when it comes to paying down their personal debt. Each year, thousands of consumers find themselves looking for ways to get a handle on their finances by paying off credit cards and lo... FULL STORY

The Importance of Preserving W.Va.'s History
March 6, 2014

Governor presents 36 Records Management and Preservation Board grants, 10 Survey and Planning grants CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 5, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today highlighted the importance of preserving West Virginia's history. He presented $410,409 in Records Management and Preservation Boa... FULL STORY

“BIG” Announcement!
March 6, 2014

PRINCETON, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that the Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map is the easiest to use and most complete online tool available to track the development of business in West Virginia. Joined by members of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce ... FULL STORY

Website Domain Name Scam
March 4, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning small business owners and those who manage company websites about a new scam that tries to trick you into paying a large premium for your website domain names. Domain names are used to locate entities on the Internet, such as “amazon.com”... FULL STORY

Tomblin Tapped to Lead CSG
March 3, 2014

2014 CSG Leaders' Initiative to focus on workforce development CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 25, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has been selected to lead the Council of State Governments (CSG). For the first time in history, a former chair will serve as the organization's president. Gov. Tomblin se... FULL STORY

Tomblyn Asking President to Reconsider Cuts
March 2, 2014

Governor touts National Guard as an essential state partner in responding to domestic disasters and emergencies CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 28, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the nation's governors to sign and send a letter to President Obama strongly opposing potential cuts to the Army Na... FULL STORY

Cash-for-Collection Prize Scam
February 28, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a scam that’s been circulating in some counties in which a resident will receive a piece of mail notifying them of a cash or prize award, but asking the recipient for a cash advance to collect it. A Wirt Coun... FULL STORY

Use Caution When Purchasing Items Online
February 28, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding consumers to take precautions when buying items from online sellers after a Fairmont woman reported losing several thousand dollars to a Craigslist scammer in February. In this particular case, the buyer was looking for an all-terrain v... FULL STORY

Tomblin Meets with EPA Administrator
February 27, 2014

Governor also presents recommendations for existing power plants CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 24, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to provide an update on the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (WVDEP) re... FULL STORY

Lady Tomblin Unveils Newest First Lady Doll
February 26, 2014

First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today unveiled the newest commemorative doll in the First Ladies of West Virginia doll collection during a reception at the Culture Center in Charleston. The First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin doll was hand-sculpted by Washington, D.C.-based artist Ping Lau and feat... FULL STORY

National Governor's Association Winter Meeting
February 24, 2014

Governor to participate in forums related to job training, prescription drug abuse and transportation and address recent federal disaster support CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 22 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced he is attending the 2014 National Governor's Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Wa... FULL STORY

Morrisey Announces Disposal Locations Initiative
February 22, 2014

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that his Office will partner with local law enforcement agencies across West Virginia to help fight the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic by expanding access to secure disposal locations for unwanted or expired prescription drugs. ... FULL STORY

Nominate Individuals and Organizations Award
February 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 19, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encouraged West Virginians to nominate outstanding citizens, families, and organizations for the 2014 Governor's Service Awards, which are coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia. "West Virginia is known for its proud tradition of neighbor ... FULL STORY

Tomblin, Bowling Request Further Health Studies
February 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling today sent a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to formally request the CDC, or its partners, immediately conduct further epidemiol... FULL STORY

Tomblin to Appeal FEMA Decision
February 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that he is appealing a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny West Virginia's request for emergency protective measures through the emergency declaration issued in response to the Kanawha Valley water crisis. FEMA Deputy Ass... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Tom Jones
February 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed J. Thomas Jones to the West Virginia University Board of Governors. Jones' appointment will run until June 30, 2016, filling the term left vacant by the passing of Dr. Charles Vest last year. "Our colleges and universities unlock the potential ... FULL STORY

Morrisey Files Price Gouging Charges
February 15, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that his office has filed an enforcement action against Hurricane-based Mid Valley Mart LLC for price gouging following the Jan. 9 chemical spill that resulted in 300,000 West Virginians not being able to use their water. The... FULL STORY

Home Testing Project Moving Forward
February 12, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has directed the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, in cooperation with local and state health officials, to move forward quickly to put together a home testing project, West Virginia Testing Assessment Project or WV TAP, for residences in the affected nine-county area. ... FULL STORY

Helmick Responds to Audit Findings
February 10, 2014

"Upon taking office last year one of my first official acts, as I had promised to the citizens of West Virginia, was to request a complete audit of the Agriculture Department. That audit has now been released by the Legislative Auditor's office and we have reviewed the results and have acknowledged ... FULL STORY

Dennison to Lead Vision Shared Inc.
February 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cory Dennison, has accepted a job as the CEO and President of Vision Shared, Inc. Dennison, a Cabell County native, has served as a member of Gov. Tomblin's senior staff throughout the past four years. ... FULL STORY

Morrisey Lauds Legislation Requiring Audits
February 3, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today lauded Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, and others for taking the steps to introduce a bill that would require all state agencies, departments, and offices to undergo regular reviews and audits to ensure they are operating as intended. “Ci... FULL STORY

Tomblin Asks WVAW to Make Water Available
February 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre to provide potable and bottled water to West Virginians in the areas affected by the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. "Immediately following West Virginia American Water's DO NOT USE order on ... FULL STORY

Participate in National Data Privacy Day
January 31, 2014

CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is encouraging all consumers to take a couple of minutes this week to evaluate their online security in observance of National Data Privacy Day. “It’s good to be thinking about ways to keep your personal information safe every day, but Data Privacy Da... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces U.S. SBA Disater Loans
January 31, 2014

To help small businesses and eligible private, nonprofit organizations in the areas affected by the Elk River chemical spill CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted his request for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. The ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Requests FEMA Modify Emergency Declaration
January 29, 2014

Modification would allow state, local governments and non-profit agencies to receive reimbursement for relief efforts CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to modify the current federal Emergency Declaration to provide for Direct Funding As... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces GACSA Progress
January 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse (GACSA) Progress and Recommendations Report is available online at www.governor.wv.gov. The report provides updates, as well as short-term and long-term recommendations specific to prevention eff... FULL STORY

Tomblin Orders Freedom Industries to Remove Tanks
January 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered Freedom Industries to begin, by March 15, 2014, the process of dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all of its above ground storage tanks, as well as associated piping and machinery, at its Etowah River Terminal in Charleston. Gov. To... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Proposed Legislation
January 21, 2014

Proposed legislation would implement above ground storage tank regulatory program in W.Va. CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Senate President Jeff Kessler, and House Speaker Tim Miley, announced new proposed legislation to implement an above grou... FULL STORY

Morrisey Urges Consumers to be Mindful
January 17, 2014

CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey advised West Virginia consumers, especially those in the nine-county region impacted by a chemical leak, to be cautious of companies who offer to sell them insurance to cover water line, sewer line and plumbing repairs. “Any time you have a crisis or ... FULL STORY

Morrisey Issues a Call for Citizens to Shop Local
January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey encouraged West Virginians to do what they can to help local business owners and employees who were forced to close their stores or prevented from working due to the water crisis that left 300,000 residents without water. “The past few days have bee... FULL STORY

Tomblin Presents Car & Check to W.Va. Teacher
January 14, 2014

TOY sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares, General Manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Doug Shields, and Highmark B... FULL STORY

Federal Funds Available for Day Care Meals
January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals may qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). The program offers cash... FULL STORY

Tomblin Delivers State of the State Address
January 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin delivered the 2014 State of the State Address in the House Chamber at the State Capitol Wednesday. Gov. Tomblin's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are available through the governor's website, www.governor.wv.gov and included below: "Mr. Speaker, M... FULL STORY

Scammers Calling Consumers
January 9, 2014

CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged consumers to be mindful of a scam in which a caller tells consumers they are late on their Frontier payments then asks for consumers’ personal information and demands immediate payment. “Our Office is aware of phone calls some people are receivi... FULL STORY

Attorney General Morrisey Files Suit
January 7, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that the Office of Attorney General recently filed suit against Clear Rate Communications alleging the telecommunications company misrepresented who it was and then charged fees to customers when they tried to cancel their servic... FULL STORY

Morrisey Issues Warning About A Life Alert Scam
December 27, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged senior citizens to be mindful of a Life Alert scam occurring in West Virginia and throughout the nation in which a caller tells a senior citizen they may receive a free Life Alert system if he or she provides a credit card number to cover the devi... FULL STORY

Military Spousal Licensure's Recommendations
December 21, 2013

Commission presents recommendations to better assist military spouses with state professional licensure requirements CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin to receive recommendations from his Commission on Military Spousal Licensure outlining opportunit... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces $242 Thousand Award
December 19, 2013

Supplemental funding to assist with Hurricane Sandy cleanup CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia will receive an additional $242,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grant fund to assist with the cleanup of areas affected by Hurricane Sandy ... FULL STORY

Computer Science Education Week
December 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation declaring December 9-15, "Computer Science Education Week." "As we continue to diversify our economy, West Virginia is seeing an increased demand for STEM field instruction that will prepare our students for highly skilled, technolo... FULL STORY

Shop Smart This Holiday Season And Avoid Debt
December 7, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminded West Virginia consumers to shop smart this holiday season and not go into debt. “Consumers often get caught up in the spirit of giving this time of year, and it is easy to just buy one more gift for a loved one,” Attorney General Morrisey sa... FULL STORY

Tomblin Visits the Macy's Fulfillment Center
December 4, 2013

Center to hire 2,100 seasonal workers, tripling initial projection MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today visited the Macy's fulfillment center in Martinsburg. The visit included a private briefing with national executives and a facility tour where the governor met hundreds of workers... FULL STORY

Interagency Council on Homelessness
December 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued Executive Order 9-13 transferring the Interagency Council on Homelessness from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. "Ending homelessness require... FULL STORY

Fatal Explosion At No. 9 Still Echoes Years Later
November 30, 2013

Farmington, W.Va. – On November 20, 1968 – 45 years ago – an explosion rocked Consol’s No. 9 Mine in Marion County, shaking the ground more than 10 miles away in Fairmont. There were 78 miners who lost their lives that day, and 19 of them were never recovered. West Virginia Secretary of State... FULL STORY

W. Va. Joins 33 States, Territories in Court Brief
November 28, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia has joined with 33 states and territories in an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking better restitution for children who are sexually exploited. “Children in our state and the res... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Executive Order
November 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued Executive Order No. 8-13 reestablishing the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission. This Order replaces Executive Order No. 13-09, which expired June 30, 2013. "It is important we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the princi... FULL STORY

FEMA to Provide Waiver to Logan
November 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided a waiver to allow the City of Logan to use federal funding to acquire and demolish five residential properties on Pine Street in Logan and permanently close the roa... FULL STORY

Gov. and First Lady Tomblin to Kick Off Season
November 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a special tribute to first responders and members of the military, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will welcome West Virginians to the annual Joyful Night celebration Dec. 3, 2013, at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ... FULL STORY

Odebrecht to Explore Appalachian Investment
November 18, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Odebrecht announced that Odebrecht will explore the development of a new petrochemical complex in Wood County, West Virginia. The complex, Ascent - Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise ? would include an ethane Cracker, three polyethylene plants, and as... FULL STORY

Scammers Call Posing As Grandchild In Distress
November 16, 2013

CHARLESTON—Attorney Patrick Morrisey reminded citizens to be on guard when receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a family member who has been arrested or is in the hospital. “Scammers will stop at nothing when trying to separate you from your money, even stooping so low as posing as a... FULL STORY

Sogefi Expansion to Create At Least 250 New Jobs
November 14, 2013

Italian auto parts manufacturer will invest $20 million in Prichard, W.Va. plant PRICHARD, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced, today, Italy's Sogefi Group will add at least 250 new jobs in an expansion of its auto parts plant in Prichard, W.Va. The agreement unveiled today was struck la... FULL STORY

Tomblin Thanks Veterans For Their Service
November 9, 2013

Governor encourages West Virginians to honor our veterans CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin expressed his gratitude to our veterans by writing cards of thanks. The cards will be delivered to the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville and theWest Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility i... FULL STORY

Governor proclaims Oct. 30 as Weatherization Day
November 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encourages eligible West Virginians to apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program as the winter season approaches. The federally based program utilizes state-of-the-art energy audits, air sealing, insulation and heating combustion analysis, and repair/re... FULL STORY

The Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award
November 1, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - West Virginia State Parks Chief Kenneth K. Caplinger II was awarded the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s highest honor, The Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2013 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The annual conference host was Canaan Valley State Park Oct. 28-30, 201... FULL STORY

Helmick Applaudes Poultry Case Ruling
October 26, 2013

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick issued the following statement concerning Wednesday’s federal court decision that said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot force poultry farmers to obtain permits for stormwater runoff from their farms: “Poultry farming accounts for ... FULL STORY

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Collection Site
October 24, 2013

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that the Office of the Attorney General will participate in the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 near the East Rotunda on the California Street side of the West Virginia Capitol. “We... FULL STORY

Tomblin Provides Update on Investment Mission
October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin hosted a video teleconference from the European office in Zurich, Switzerland to provide an update on the 13-day Investment Mission to Europe, which included stops in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. "I've had the opportu... FULL STORY

Sixth Judicial Circuit Vacancy
October 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will begin receiving applications immediately for the upcoming vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit serving Cabell County. This vacancy will occur with the retirement of the Honorable David Pancake, effecti... FULL STORY

State's Financial Stability Continues
October 15, 2013

Moody's affirms Aa3 rating on $56 million of Parkways Authority's Revenue Bonds CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Moody's has affirmed it's Aa3 rating on $56 million of West Virginia Parkways Authority's Series 2002 Revenue Bonds and Series 2008 Variable Rate Demand Revenue Re... FULL STORY

Secretary Tennant Applauds Investigative Efforts
October 14, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant praised the ongoing work of federal investigators, federal attorneys, the State Police, and her office on the work in the Mingo County corruption investigation. Investigators with the Secretary of State’s Office worked i... FULL STORY

W.Va. Joins 46 Other States, D.C. In Settlment
October 11, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that more than 2,100 West Virginia residents will be eligible for a refund of money spent on discount club memberships as part of a multi-state settlement with Connecticut-based Affinion Group. Residents who are eligible for the refund will... FULL STORY

Tomblin to Lead Investment Trip to Europe
October 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced he will embark on an investment mission to Europe. The 13-day mission is scheduled for Oct. 10-22 and will include stops in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The governor will focus on strengthening relations with companies currently do... FULL STORY

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Is A First
October 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Rick Thompson, and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams dedicated the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC). The monument is a tribut... FULL STORY

Attorney General’s Office Announces Tip Line
October 3, 2013

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his Office has established a fraud and identity theft tip line for consumers to call if they encounter problems during or after enrolling for health insurance. "With the start of open enrollment, our Office remains very conce... FULL STORY

W.Va. Shares in $82 Million Award
October 1, 2013

Money to improve state's unemployment compensation system CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia is one of a three-state consortium to receive $82,771,460 from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund projects to improve state Unemployment Insurance programs. The W... FULL STORY

A Link To The Past, A Glimpse Into The Future
September 28, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – On September 26, 1863 lawmakers in the newly formed State of West Virginia adopted the State Seal designed by Joseph H. Diss Debar of Doddridge County. In the 150 years since, the state seal has never been changed. Section 2-7 of the West Virginia Constitution, ti... FULL STORY

Secretary of State’s Office Returns $3 Million
September 25, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – Due to several years of increased efficiency and cost saving measures, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has returned $3 million in special revenue funds to the West Virginia State Treasury. This announcement comes even as state agencies are being asked to mak... FULL STORY

Substance Abuse Prevention Services Grant
September 23, 2013

Grant of $9 million will expand prevention services CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a $9 million federal grant to West Virginia because of its comprehensive partnership effort to expand substance and m... FULL STORY

Victims of Crime Act Assistance Program Grants
September 21, 2013

$2.2 million awarded to 51 public and private non-profit agencies CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced 51 public and private non-profit agencies throughout the State will receive Victims of Crime Act Assistance (VOCA) sub-grant funds totaling $2,214,551. The Victims of Crime Act ... FULL STORY

Justice Assistance Grant Award Recipients
September 19, 2013

Grants totaling $1.3 million to aid the efforts of 38 agencies CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced 38 agencies statewide will receive Justice Assistance Grant Funds totaling $1,326,408. These funds will be used to assist state agencies, local units of government, and private non-p... FULL STORY

Launch of Pilot Project: College Counseling
September 18, 2013

Available through 14 high schools and in partnership with 4 colleges CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), announced West Virginia students will have a new way to receive help preparing for college. Through ... FULL STORY

Education Advocate Receives Award
September 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It came as no surprise to hundreds of early childhood educators that a longtime supporter of pre-kindergarten education received the 2013 West Virginia Champion of Universal Pre-K Award. Senator Robert Plymale (D-Wayne) has served as the chair of the Senate Education Committee si... FULL STORY

Day to Serve September 15-29, 2013
September 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encouraged all West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between September 15th and September 29th as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service. "There are people working ha... FULL STORY

West Virginia to Host Nation's Governors in 2015
September 13, 2013

During National Governor's Association's 2015 Summer Meeting CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia will host the nation's governors for the National Governor's Association's 2015 Summer Meeting, July 23-26. This will mark the third time NGA has held its Summer Meeting ... FULL STORY

Middle School Students to Receive Laptop Computers
September 6, 2013

One of ten projects funded through West Virginia's Appalachian Regional Commission grants CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced middle school students in McDowell County will receive laptop computers funded, in part, through West Virginia's Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) g... FULL STORY

Tomblin Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of March
September 1, 2013

King delivered his "I have a dream" speech on August, 28 1963 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined representatives from the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, West Virginia State University and community leaders from across the state to recognize the 50th anniversary of Dr. ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Requests U.S. SBA Loans
August 30, 2013

For individuals and businesses affected by June storms CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Frank Skaggs issue a Physical Disaster Declaration which will provide low-interest loans to Roane County homeowners and businesses who s... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces WVCHIP So Be Available
August 29, 2013

Coverage anticipated to begin July 1, 2014 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced, pending federal approval, dependents of West Virginia state government employees will be eligible to apply for health insurance coverage with the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program (WVCH... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS FOUR
August 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced his appointments to the Higher Education Policy Commission. "Each of these individuals brings valuable knowledge and experience to the Higher Education Policy Commission," Gov. Tomblin said. "Their commitment to our institutions of higher ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Highlights State's Manufacturing Growth
August 24, 2013

State's tax eliminations, world-class workforce and education reforms credited for job creation CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined seven other governors and 1500 government and business leaders from across the country for a U.S. Manufacturing Summit focused on strengthening the... FULL STORY

Concealed Handgun Reciprocity Agreements
August 23, 2013

CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that three additional states - Alabama, Georgia and Colorado - recently have agreed to recognize West Virginia concealed handgun permits. “This is great news for West Virginia handgun owners because it means residents with concealed carry ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Improvements
August 21, 2013

New training airstrip and bridge to secure the 130th Airlift Wing CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by The Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), local, state and federal leaders, announced two major investments designed to further secure the fu... FULL STORY

W.Va's First Female Secretary of State Celebrates
August 20, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – Helen F. Holt, the first woman to serve as West Virginia Secretary of State, celebrated her 100th birthday Friday. Born in rural Illinois, Secretary Holt studied at Stephens College and the Marine Biological Laboratory. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in z... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Individuals To Board of Governors
August 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed fifteen individuals to serve on the board of governors for five colleges and universities in West Virginia. The appointments are effective immediately. "Our colleges and universities unlock the potential of our people by providing students with t... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Four to W.Va. Veterans Council
August 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed four combat Veterans to serve on the West Virginia Veterans Council, helping the State Department of Veteran Assistance fulfill its mission of aiding retired military members in the state. The appointments are effective immediately. "Our men and ... FULL STORY

24th DMV Regional Office Opens
August 15, 2013

To serve Summersville and surrounding communities CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined state Department of Transportation Cabinet Secretary Paul Mattox, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Steven Dale, retired DMV Commissioner Joe Miller, Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer and ... FULL STORY

Conference Attracts Nationally-Recognized Speakers
August 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in coordination with Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling, announced registration is open for the inaugural Integrated Behavioral Health Conference scheduled for September 17 - 19 at the Charleston Civic Center. The... FULL STORY

Berkeley County Dedicates New High School
August 11, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Berkeley County Schools' superintendent, board of education, teachers, students and community members for the dedication ceremony of the county's first newly constructed high school since 1955. Spring Mills High School is a state-of-the-art facility ... FULL STORY

Appointments made to Marshall and WVU BOG
August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed ten individuals to serve on the board of governors for Marshall University and West Virginia University. The appointments are effective immediately. "I'm pleased these men and women have accepted this opportunity to serve on the board of governor... FULL STORY

Tennant Calls For Better Communication
August 8, 2013

Washington, D.C. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant met with Administrator Gina McCarthy and other Environmental Protection Agency Officials in Washington today and urged better communication between that agency, the coal industry, and citizens of West Virginia. “Everywher... FULL STORY

Maryclaire Akers To Join Attorney General’s Office
August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that Maryclaire Akers will be joining the Office’s Consumer Protection Division as an assistant attorney general. Her first day will be Aug. 12. “We are pleased to have someone of Ms. Akers’ caliber joining our team,” Attorney General Morr... FULL STORY

Tomblin Joins W.Va. Delegation for Meeting
August 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke directly with newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding the impact of the federal agency's far-reaching policies on West Virginians. "Just days ago, Ms. McCarthy asked an audience at Harvard Law School, 'C... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Josh Barker
August 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Josh Barker to represent the people of the 22nd District in the House of Delegates. Barker fills the vacancy created when former Del. Josh Stowers resigned. "I've known Josh his entire life and am pleased to appoint such an advocate for the peopl... FULL STORY

Tomblin Praised W.Va. Science Students
August 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Governor Earl Ray Tomblin praised four West Virginia students who were chosen to attend a prestigious summer science program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Sofia Jimenez of Summers County High School in Hinton, Elizabeth Remias of Clay County High School i... FULL STORY

REAP Litter Control Grants Awarded
August 3, 2013

Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, announced the recipients of the REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Litter Control Matching Grants. There were 26 individual applicants approved for amounts totaling $63,195. The grants were awa... FULL STORY

Morrisey Unveils Final Policy on Outside Counsel
August 2, 2013

CHARLESTON - Following a 45-day period for public comment, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced his office’s final policy on outside counsel - which requires transparency and competitive bidding for the appointment of private attorneys to represent the State and its agencies... FULL STORY

Commission To Help Raise Student Achievement
August 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged the newly established 19-member Governor's Commission on Middle Grades to study best practices and develop specific recommendations for raising student achievement in West Virginia middle schools. "Research shows middle school is the tim... FULL STORY

Perdue announces expansion of SMART529 Grant
July 31, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue announced today that the SMART529 Matching Grant Program has expanded and is now open to all eligible families, including those who already have a SMART529 college savings account. Families who qualify may be eligible to receive a savings match of up to $5... FULL STORY

New Concealed Handgun Reciprocity Agreement
July 30, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the State of West Virginia entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with the State of Idaho. As of July 23, 2013, Idaho became the 25th state to have a full reciprocity agreement with the State of West Virginia. “I... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Federal Disaster Declaration
July 28, 2013

Mason and Roane counties to receive federal assistance CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced a federal disaster declaration has been approved for Mason and Roane counties. The declaration will provide assistance with the ongoing recovery and repair efforts resulting from the severe ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement Supporting W.Va. Leaders
July 26, 2013

Regarding the Obama administration's proposal for new EPA regulations CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement regarding an upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. by members of West Virginia's Congressional Delegation; state legislative leaders; along with business, i... FULL STORY

A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR TOMBLIN
July 25, 2013

As the 2013 National Scout Jamboree comes to a close, I would like to, again, thank you for visiting West Virginia, and extend my best wishes as you depart on your journey home. I'm so glad you were able to join us this summer to explore our beautiful State. A special thanks to the volunteers and sp... FULL STORY

Messina to Serve as Communications Director
July 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton today announced Lawrence "Larry" Messina will serve as the Communications Director for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), effective August 12. "... FULL STORY

Tomblin Appoints Judges
July 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of two community leaders to the bench in the 22nd and 26th Judicial Circuits. Both appointments are effective immediately. 22nd Judicial Circuit Appointment Gov. Tomblin appointed Romney attorney H. Charles "Charlie" Car... FULL STORY

Carl “Butch” Antolini New Communications Director
July 19, 2013

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced that Carl “Butch” Antolini will join the West Virginia Department of Agriculture July 22 as Communications Director. “I believe I am getting a wealth of strong media experience in Butch and have faith that he will be a great asset in our effo... FULL STORY

Be Cautious Of Health Care Fraud Schemes
July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged West Virginians to be vigilant against schemes that attempt to use people’s confusion about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to steal their identity. Morrisey said scammers are posing as officials from Medicare, other government a... FULL STORY

Highlights of The Summit Construction's Impact
July 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin highlighted the economic impact of past, current, and planned construction activity at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, occurring from 2010-2013. "It's been a remarkable experience seeing The Summit develop from an idea, to a construction... FULL STORY

Tomblin Requests Individual And Public Assistance
July 14, 2013

Due to storms occurring between June 12, 2013 and June 20, 2013 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government to assist with the ongoing recovery and repair efforts in central West Virginia following storms, which struck the area betw... FULL STORY

Gayle Manchin Elected President of the WVBE
July 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday elected Gayle Manchin as its president for 2013-2014, while choosing Michael Green as vice president and Robert Dunlevy as secretary. Manchin, who had served two terms as vice president, was appointed to the state Board of Edu... FULL STORY

Consumers Win in Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple
July 12, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found Apple Inc. liable for violating antitrust laws by conspiring with major U.S. publishers to fix the prices of electronic books. In an opinion and o... FULL STORY

Attorney General’s Office to Accept Comments
July 11, 2013

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the Office of the Attorney General will be accepting public comments as part of its review of abortion laws and regulations in the state. “My goal is to ensure our review is as thorough and transparent as possible,” Morrisey said. “The Office is inviti... FULL STORY

Treasurer Perdue Announces Senior Staff Change
July 9, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia State Treasurer John D. Perdue announced Assistant State Treasurer Danny Ellis will retire at the end of the year. To prepare for the administrative change, Treasurer Perdue has hired West Virginia House of Delegates Representative Josh Stowers (D-Lincoln) to train as Mr. ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Deputy Chief of Staff
July 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Jason Pizatella will serve as his Deputy Chief of Staff effective immediately. "During my tenure in the State Senate and now as governor, I've had the great privilege of working with Jason. He has a keen understanding of how government works," Go... FULL STORY

Morrisey Warns - Be Wary of Social Media
June 29, 2013

CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today reminded West Virginians to be wary of messages they receive on social media websites that offer “free money” but then require verifying personal information. The Attorney General’s Office recently has received a number of inquiries from citiz... FULL STORY

State Flags Lowered in Kanawha County
June 28, 2013

In honor of John Thomas Appleton, Jr. CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all State flags flown at all State-owned facilities in Kanawha County to be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk, Friday, June 28, 2013, the day of the services for John Thomas Appleton, Jr., a Malden ... FULL STORY

Tennant Celebrates The History And Future of W.Va.
June 22, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant sealed a time capsule today as West Virginia celebrated its sesquicentennial, with instructions that it not be opened until June 20, 2063. “The items inside this time capsule show how the Secretary of State’s Office go about their... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS TIMOTHY R. KINSEY
June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Timothy R. Kinsey to represent the citizens of the 19th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Kinsey's appointment fills the vacancy created when House Speaker Rick Thompson resigned last week to serve as Cabinet Secretary of the ... FULL STORY

House of Delegates Called to Special Session
June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation calling the members of the House of Delegates into Extraordinary Session, beginning at noon on June 18, 2013, in its chambers at the State Capitol, Charleston, W.Va. The special session agenda will include the following: FIRST:Ele... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES STORM AFTER ACTION REVIEW
June 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the After Action Storm Review of West Virginia's response to the June 2012 derecho is now available online. "The results of the After Action Review show clearly communication between state agencies, utility companies, private businesses, ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PROVIDES STORM UPDATE
June 14, 2013

SPENCER, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin traveled storm-damaged Roane County today, assessing the needs of the community and meeting with representatives from the City of Spencer and county emergency services leaders. Storms impacting the region Wednesday and Thursday included several inches of rainfa... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN HONORS STATE'S EXPORT BUSINESSES
June 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office, to honor a state record-setting 52 West Virginia businesses with the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry awards. This award honors companies that have ... FULL STORY

More than 2,600 West Virginians to Receive Checks
June 7, 2013

CHARLESTON - Many West Virginians who experienced a foreclosure sale between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, may be receiving a check in the mail for approximately $1,480 over the next few weeks from the National Mortgage Settlement. A total of 2,664 checks will be mailed June 10-17 to West Vir... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS ROBERT S. KISS
June 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Robert "Bob" S. Kiss will join his administration as Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue. Kiss' appointment becomes effective July 1, 2013. In the interim, Jason Pizatella will serve as Acting Cabinet Secretary. "I've had... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PRAISES ACHIEVEMENTS OF ESTABLISHED COURT
June 1, 2013

Justice Reinvestment legislation aims to replicate court's success in other counties WELLSBURG, W.Va. -On a visit to recognize the first adult drug court in West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ceremonially signed Senate Bill 371, the Justice Reinvestment legislation, which is designed to increas... FULL STORY

APPALACHIAN PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY TRAINING CENTER
May 30, 2013

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Community and Technical College System of West Virginia Chancellor Jim Skidmore, today announced the establishment of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center in Fairmont. The Center will address the growing workforce needs of the oil an... FULL STORY

States File 'Friend of the Court' Brief
May 28, 2013

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced West Virginia joined Kansas and Montana in filing an amicus, or "friend of the court," brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Environmental Protection Agency rules that would allow the federal gove... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED
May 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered U.S. and State Flags at all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until noon, Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. "Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to pay tri... FULL STORY

Doctorate of Humane Letters Presented
May 26, 2013

Morgantown, W.Va. – West Virginia’s first female Secretary of State was presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, more than fifty years after she left office. Helen F. Holt, 99, now lives in Washington D.C. and is the mother of Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ). Rep. Holt delivered th... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO OKLAHOMA
May 25, 2013

In wake of severe storms and tornadoes CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and offered West Virginia emergency response resources to assist with the recovery efforts following this week's severe storms and tornadoes. "In my conversation with Gov. Fal... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS KAREN BOWLING
May 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Karen Bowling as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Human resources, effective, July 1, 2013. "I'm pleased Karen has accepted this opportunity to serve the people of our state," Gov. Tomblin said. "Karen's commitment to the health ... FULL STORY

Magazine Recognizes The Governor's Impact On State
May 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was highlighted in the article "Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South" by Southern Business & Development magazine. The article cites Gov. Tomblin's economic know-how, as well as his popularity. "...when Earl Ray Tomblin stepped into the West Virgi... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF SPEAKER
May 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Speaker Rick Thompson as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. The appointment will be effective following the retirement of Secretary Keith Gwinn. "I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Gwinn... FULL STORY

MARK MATKOVICH AS ACTING STATE TAX COMMISSIONER
May 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Mark Matkovich as Acting State Tax Commissioner, effective May 15, 2013. "With his vast knowledge and experience, Mark will be a tremendous asset to the State Tax Department," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm pleased Mark has accepted ... FULL STORY

Seeking ‘Black Box’ Warning On Prescriptions
May 15, 2013

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia has joined 42 other states and territories in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking “black box” warnings on all opioid-based pain killers to alert pregnant women that using the medicine during... FULL STORY

Executive Order 5-13 Calls For Education Study
May 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin filed Executive Order 5-13, which calls for a study of the state's Early Childhood Education System in an effort to improve health, development, and school readiness of children birth to five years of age as well as services available to expectant mothers re... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN SIGNS THREE BILLS DURING VISIT
May 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Senator Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, signed Senate Bill 663 known as Feed to Achieve Act, Senate Bill 103 known as Commuter Rail Access Act, and Senate Bill 596 which relates to grant awards for Chesapeake Bay... FULL STORY

Morrisey Releases Statement on Medicaid Expansion
May 6, 2013

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released the following statement today on the decision to expand Medicaid coverage. "While I have a great deal of respect for the Governor and the difficult choices he must make, I disagree with this decision. “At a time when one o... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES DECISION TO EXPAND MEDICAID
May 2, 2013

Will provide coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined by U.S. Sen. Rockefeller, President and CEO of United Health System Tom Jones, and CEO of Thomas Health Systems Steve Dexter, today announced the decision to expand Medicaid in W... FULL STORY

Morrisey Unveils Progress Report - First 100 Days
April 24, 2013

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the 17 goals he set for his first 100 days in office have been met or are on their way to being met. Last year, Morrisey unveiled an ambitious 17-point plan that highlighted very specific goals he wanted to accompl... FULL STORY

Legislature to Reform Appropriation Process
April 23, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey applauded members of the West Virginia Legislature for approving a supplemental appropriation bill that establishes a new precedent for how lawsuit settlement monies are managed. Senate Bill 1005, which passed the House of Delegates unanim... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PRAISES ALSOP
April 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced his Chief of Staff, Rob Alsop, will leave the Governor's Office this spring. Alsop, who joined the Governor's Office when Tomblin began serving in November 2010, was praised for his leadership, thoughtful deliberative processes, and his abilit... FULL STORY

PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION REFORM
April 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and former Gov. Bob Wise, together with the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools, announced a partnership between the Alliance for Excellent Education and the State of West Virginia to begin a statewide review of classroom technology use and... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN CALLS LEGISLATURE SPECIAL SESSION
April 18, 2013

Morgantown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to be focus of session CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation calling the members of the Legislature into its First Extraordinary Session, beginning upon adjournment, sine die, of the 2013 Regular Session on April 17,... FULL STORY

Morrisey Advises WVU to Re-Bid Multimedia Rights
April 16, 2013

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today released his report on the office’s review of the West Virginia University media rights matter. Morrisey issued a lengthy report with numerous findings and recommendations about how WVU should proceed with respect to the rebidding process. Sig... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PRAISES 81ST LEGISLATURE
April 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin praised Senate President Jeff Kessler, Speaker of the House Rick Thompson, and the members of the 81st Legislature for passing several key pieces of legislation during the 2013 Regular Session. "For the past sixty-days, President Kessler, Speaker Thompson ... FULL STORY

APRIL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH
April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by minority and health advocates, proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in West Virginia. In coordination with the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, health care experts, state and community-level health and minority groups gather... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN SIGNS LANDMARK EDUCATION REFORM BILL
April 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined legislators, education advocates, as well as business and labor leaders to sign the landmark education reform bill, Senate Bill 359, into law. "This landmark legislation will make a difference in classrooms across our state, and more important... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN SENDS LETTER REQUESTING BUDGET ADJUSTMENT
April 3, 2013

Re-establishes funding for educational programs CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sent a letter of request to House and Senate leadership requesting budgetary adjustments to the governor's previously submitted budget document for fiscal year 2014. "Since submitting my proposed budget, w... FULL STORY

Attorney General Calls for Broader Exemptions
March 28, 2013

CHARLESTON -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that he has joined twelve other state attorneys general in asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt broader religious exemptions to an insurance mandate imposed pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. “HHS’... FULL STORY

New Policy on Hiring Outside Counsel
March 22, 2013

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today unveiled new procedures and guidelines outlining when and how the Office of the Attorney General should hire outside counsel to represent the State and its agencies in legal proceedings. The six-page policy outlines the conditions under which t... FULL STORY

STATE SPENDING REDUCTIONS
March 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced steps to reduce state spending in response to slowing General Revenue Fund tax collections. Effective immediately, all agencies within the Executive Branch will implement a temporary hiring restriction on General Revenue funded positions. "Throug... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN COMMENDS SENATE
March 18, 2013

Landmark legislation outlines plan to raise student achievement CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement, praising the West Virginia Senate for supporting and passing Senate Bill 359, which outlines the comprehensive plan to raise student achievement and impro... FULL STORY

MAKE GENERIC PAIN PILLS HARDER TO ABUSE
March 13, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today said his office has joined with 47 other Attorneys General in a letter asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that generic manufacturers of opioid prescription drugs use tamper-resistant and abuse-resistant formulatio... FULL STORY

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR YOUTH FITNESS CAMPAIGN IN WVa
March 12, 2013

Program open to all public elementary and middle schools CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld today announced the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils will bring its multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to public elementary and middle ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN FORMS MIDDLE GRADES COMMISSION
March 11, 2013

Commission will study and develop recommendations for improving student achievement CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the formation of the Governor's Commission on the Middle Grades to develop specific recommendations for improving student achievement in West Virginia m... FULL STORY

Women In West Virginia Can Harness Their Potential
March 7, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today that women here may not realize just how much influence they have over the future of the Mountain State. There are about 660,000 registered female voters in West Virginia, compared to about 600,000 registered ... FULL STORY

Tennant Named To National Election Task Force
March 5, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has been named to a national panel of experts that will establish sound administrative election practices in emergency conditions. The National Association of Secretaries of State announced the formation of the panel tod... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN OUTLINES FUTURE ACTION ON BTOP PROJECT
March 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced actions the State will take on recommendations and requests made by the United States Inspector General for the United States Department of Commerce as well as the recommendations made by the West Virginia Legislative Auditor on the Broadband Techno... FULL STORY

Veterans Small Business Protection Act
March 1, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statements following introduction of the Veterans Small Business Protection Act: “Veterans put their lives on the line for our country, and should be confident that their families will be tak... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS STEPHANIE BOND
February 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Stephanie Bond as Acting Director of the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services. The appointment is effective immediately. "Stephanie's knowledge and experience have guided her throughout her career - in her first position ... FULL STORY

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
February 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Dr. Carolyn Stuart of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs today joined minority advocates in the business, education and faith-based communities, from across the state, to a celebrate of diversity at the State Capitol. "As we prepare to c... FULL STORY

Manchin Comments on Budget Cuts
February 27, 2013

Reckless budget cuts in replace of responsible spending reductions will harm West Virginia safety programs, businesses, veterans, seniors, children and families Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released a report today that demonstrates how destructive the sequester’s across-t... FULL STORY

DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
February 27, 2013

Residents and businesses in Nicholas, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha and Webster counties may apply CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced, in response to his written request, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to resident... FULL STORY

Senator Manchin Announces New Chief of Staff
February 26, 2013

Washington, D.C. — Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today the appointment of Hayden Rogers as his new chief of staff. “Hayden will be a tremendous asset to our team and I am thrilled to have him on board,” Senator Manchin said. “From his time as a small business owner to his work in publi... FULL STORY

EDUCATION REFORM BILL INTRODUCED
February 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill was introduced today in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate. The governor's education proposal is aimed at improving student performance by removing barriers in code that stifle local initiatives and ensuring West Virgini... FULL STORY

NATURAL GAS VEHICLE TASK FORCE
February 22, 2013

Recommendations include tax credits, transitioning state bus fleet to propane CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has received a final report from the Governor's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. The report provides several recommendations regarding the utilization of the state's abundant natu... FULL STORY

A DRUG-FREE WORK FORCE
February 22, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin For nearly a year-and-a-half, I've been working with West Virginians from across our state - families, law enforcement officers, mayors, experts, business owners and many more - in an effort to fight substance abuse. We've learned a lot in that time, and since th... FULL STORY

ATTORNEY GENERAL PATRICK MORRISEY FILES BRIEF
February 19, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia has joined with 19 other states this week in filing a “friend of the court” brief in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit concerns the constitutionality of a New York statute that lim... FULL STORY

Senators Urge the President to Approve Keystone XL
February 19, 2013

Poll Says Nearly 70 Percent Of American People Support The Keystone Xl Pipeline Project WASHINGTON – Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and John Hoeven (R-ND) joined a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday to hold a colloquy, or discussion, on the U.S. Senate floor to underscore the importance of t... FULL STORY

2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin tonight delivered his 2013 State of the State Address emphasizing investment in our state's future through more efficient and effective government. Gov. Tomblin pledged to once again, bring both sides of the aisle together in an effort to make West Virginia a... FULL STORY

WALT HELMICK ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
February 14, 2013

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced key players who will be taking leadership roles under his new administration at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). “These individuals bring the skills and experience to create greater economic opportunity for ou... FULL STORY

AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN STATE CHAPTER
February 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) along with West Virginia University Extension will host a meeting of various agricultural groups to gauge interest in establishing a state chapter of the American Agri-Women national organization. The meeting will be held at the South East Learni... FULL STORY

A Comprehensive Ethics Plan
February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today his office is implementing a comprehensive new ethics package, which includes reforming state “revolving door” policies, implementing competitive bidding for outside counsel appointments, and banning the use of “trinkets” a... FULL STORY

Manchin Statement on State of the Union Address
February 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about the State of the Union address. “I was pleased to hear the President strike a bipartisan and cooperative tone in his speech last night. He discussed commonsense priorities and a balanced approach to getti... FULL STORY

Federal Highway Funds for Storm-Related Repairs
February 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), announced Tuesday that the State of West Virginia has been awarded $1.4 million in emergency relief funds by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for repair or reconstruction ... FULL STORY

Tennant Vows To Protect Citizens
February 12, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today she will fight any law that suppresses voter turnout, makes it more difficult for people in rural areas of the state to vote, increases the wait time for voters at the polling place on Election Day, or costs a voter m... FULL STORY

Federal Funding for Three WVa Fire Departments
February 7, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $108,000 in federal funding for three West Virginia fire departments to purchase safety equipment, and strengthen professional training and wellness programs. “West Virginia’s firefighters are quick to protect our... FULL STORY

Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Vacancy
February 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will begin receiving applications immediately for the vacancy in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit serving Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Ho... FULL STORY

Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit Vacancy
February 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will begin receiving applications immediately for the vacancy in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit serving Lewis and Upshur Counties. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Honorable Thomas ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS FORMER DELEGATE RON FRAGALE
February 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed former Delegate and Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Fragale to represent the citizens of the 48th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Fragale's appointment fills the vacancy created when Sen. Sam Cann was appointed to serve the 12th Sen... FULL STORY

Manchin: Nothing Fair About Paycheck Gap
January 30, 2013

Washington, D.C. – On the four-year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play Act, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement announcing that he strongly supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. “On the four-year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, it’s past time... FULL STORY

Manchin Unveils Legislative Priorities
January 23, 2013

Priorities include: putting fiscal house in order, keeping our promises to seniors, veterans and children, achieving energy independence, addressing mass violence and ending the war in Afghanistan Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) unveiled his priorities for the 113th Congress... FULL STORY

Libertarian Party Gains Ballot Access
November 9, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that the Libertarian Party has gained ballot access for 2014 and 2016, based on David Moran’s performance in the gubernatorial race. Before the canvassing of the results, Moran had garnered about 1.3 percent ... FULL STORY

PREPARING FOR OUR BRIGHT FUTURE
August 18, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Whether in our personal or professional lives, it is important to prepare for the future, today. As your governor, I take this responsibility very seriously, and I continually strive to ensure our state is prepared for the days, weeks, months and years ahead. If ... FULL STORY