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A federal bill to protect the pensions and health care benefits of thousands of retired miners is one step closer to becoming law. 

Both of West Virginia’s senators are urging its passage by the end of the year.

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill today to address water infrastructure challenges. It also incorporates provisions that affect coal ash regulations.

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In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

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West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito took center stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Tuesday night delivering a keynote address.

Capito started her speech by recognizing the recovery efforts in her home state after historic floods ripped through West Virginia in late June, devastating several communities.

From flooding Capito turned to attacks aimed at the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

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President Barack Obama signed the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years into law today. West Virginia's Republican senator Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic senator Joe Manchin are applauding the action.

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito are applauding the passage of a bill that’s been called the first major environmental reform in two decades. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which aims to prevent another incident like the January 2014 Elk River Chemical Spill, passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a voice vote.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced a federal bill Friday with bipartisan backing that would help newborns suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have access to quality care.

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies Act, also known as CRIB, would recognize residential pediatric recovery facilities as providers under Medicaid.

This means the families whose newborns are born with NAS will be able to bill Medicaid for the services offered.

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Three West Virginia fire departments will receive more than $887,000 in federal grants for equipment upgrades.

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grants Monday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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A new tactical diversion squad through the Drug Enforcement Agency will help north central West Virginia fight the state's growing drug problem.

WBOY-TV reports that starting next month the diversion squad will assist local law enforcement in catching drug dealers, finding pill mills and identifying false prescriptions.

Six West Virginia health centers will soon receive millions of federal dollars to help fund renovations.  

Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the funding Monday. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the 5.3 million dollars in grants will help almost 11,000 patients in need. The funding will be used to renovate and update facilities in order to accommodate more patients and increase access to care.

U.S. Sens. Angus King and Shelley Moore Capito are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase broadband speed definitions for a grant program that serves rural communities.

The senators sent a letter to the USDA requesting that the agency modernize the Community Connect Grant Program with increased broadband speed and service definitions.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is sponsoring a federal bill to examine the rising rate and treatment costs of neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS.

Senator Capito introduced the bi-partisan bill Friday, along with two other U.S. senators.

Manchin and Capito Introduce Jessie's Law

Apr 27, 2016

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito introduced Jessie’s Law Wednesday.

The legislation is inspired by Jessie Grubb. Jessie’s father David Grubb shared Jessie’s story of heroin addiction with President Barack Obama when the President visited Charleston in October. The President was in West Virginia to host a town hall discussion about the opioid epidemic.

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.  

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world. She speaks with Beth Vorhees.

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West Virginia's U.S. Senators are split on how they feel about President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The 63-year-old Garland was announced Wednesday as President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito is joining U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts in teaming to push legislation that would allow patients to request that pharmacists only partially fill opioid prescriptions.

The bill's goal is to help curb the spike in opioid overdose deaths by reducing the number of pills in circulation.

Manchin, Capito Announce Head Start Funding

Feb 2, 2016
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Select Head Start programs in the state are about to receive some financial help.


Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced more $1.8 million in funding today for head start programs in the state.

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With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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Although the motivation for the President’s visit to Charleston was to focus on combating substance abuse around the country, others thought he should be more concerned with the decline in West Virginia’s economy--specifically in the coal industry.  

The West Virginia Coal Forum held a rally Wednesday morning, focusing on Obama and his administration’s stances on energy and emissions.

Two West Virginia localities will share more than $1.1 million in funding for water infrastructure products.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Appalachian Regional Commission grants Wednesday.

Two West Virginia health centers are getting help with their fight against opioid overdoses.

Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Friday that two West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program.

Manchin, Capito Announce Water Infrastructure Help

Sep 15, 2015

West Virginians who still get their water from wells will soon get help.

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday that $131,310 will go to the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Private Water Well Safety Project. The hope is to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs and identify and reduce exposures leading to drinking water contamination.

Three community coalitions in West Virginia have been awarded grants to reduce youth substance abuse.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program on Wednesday.

The program will provide annual $125,000 grants for the next five years to Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Morgan County Partnership and the Strong Through Our Plan, or STOP, Coalition.

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Three West Virginia fire departments have been awarded federal grants to improve safety and fire prevention operations.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule this week that would regulate methane gas pollution in the oil and gas industry. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the Obama administration wants to see emissions cut in half over the next decade.

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Things got heated on Capitol Hill Wednesday when a committee met to debate the ARENA Act -- a bill West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced in May in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Capito’s bill is an attempt to scale back the EPA’s new rule. The bill passed through the committee, but not before all the Democrats got up and walked out in protest. 

On West Virginia Morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate walked out of a subcommittee meeting yesterday to protest legislation meant to counteract the Clean Power Plan.  Also, leaders in the state legislature want to rescind the agreement that brought the Common Core education standards to West Virginia.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry where businesses are working to rebuild after a devastating fire last week.  Also, Ashton Marra has the latest about the Congressional debate over the No Child Left Behind Act.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

The U.S. and five of its allies have reached a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The deal will limit the country’s ability to enrich uranium and opens Iran up to international inspections.

The agreement was reached by diplomats from seven countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the hopes of preventing Iran from enriching enough uranium to create a nuclear weapon, but the deal will still have to receive approval from Congress before taking effect.

Economic sanctions against Iran would be phased out as part of the deal, but West Virginia’s Senatorial delegation is hesitant to say if they will support the agreement.

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Federal funds totaling $250,000 are headed to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to improve services to young people in need.

The funding announced Monday by Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are intended to support mental health and substance abuse treatment programs treating West Virginia adolescents.