C-130 Hercules airplanes at Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV. 130th Airlift Wing.
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Updated on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

West Virginia officials welcomed a military contingent from Qatar as part of a security and economic partnership Monday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement the Qatar officials toured the West Virginia National Guard's 130th Air Wing in Charleston.

New Security Measures at W.Va. Capitol

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As lawmakers from the House and Senate pass bills across the rotunda, members of the public are also passing through new security checkpoints installed at the Capitol for the 2016 session.


Ten people are being hired to staff two new security entrances to the state Capitol.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Division of Protective Services will initially hire five Capitol Police officers at $30,000 a year each and five part-time screeners at $15 an hour. That was part of the initial proposal to have one public entrance open year-round and another open only during legislative sessions.

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West Virginians can carry firearms to many city swimming pools, tennis courts and afterschool centers under protections approved by state lawmakers and the governor in 2014. Now lawmakers in this gun-friendly state are debating whether to strengthen security at the Capitol.

After last year's decision eliminating gun bans at city centers hosting afterschool activities, state officials are now considering metal detectors or other security measures in West Virginia's Capitol.


Work is expected to begin soon on security improvements at the West Virginia Capitol Complex, including installation of a fence surrounding the Governor's Mansion.

The state has awarded a contract worth about $3 million to Wiseman Construction of Charleston for the project.

Governor's Mansion
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  State officials plan to install an ornamental fence and low wall around the Governor's Mansion to improve security.

The project is the first phase of a perimeter security improvement plan developed by GAI Consultants for the Capitol Complex.

The  Capitol Building Commission approved the plan Wednesday.