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Award-winning GameChanger film “One Pill Can Kill” to air in West Virginia’s schools

Announcement made during GameChanger event at The Greenbrier By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Associaton WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The award-winning GameChanger film “One Pill Can Kill” will soon air in middle and high schools throughout West Virginia as part of “Laken’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Jim[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Health hears update on radiological health program

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health, during the first official day of the May Interim Session on Monday, heard an overview of the radiological health program from West Virginia’s Environmental Health Services Director Jason Frame. “The radiological health program[Read More…]

Lawmakers hear regulation efforts on sales of kratom, hemp-derived cannabinoid products

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Progress made on the statewide regulation of kratom and select hemp-derived cannabinoid product sales was discussed on Monday during the interim meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary. Representatives from three state agencies, Derek Walker, assistant deputy tax[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Finance hears update on state’s finances from Department of Revenue officials

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an abbreviated meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Finance, on Monday, committee members heard remarks from Acting Cabinet Secretary Larry Pack with the West Virginia Department of Revenue.  “We’ve got a good story to tell in West Virginia,” Pack[Read More…]

WVSOM celebrates 47th annual commencement

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The 2024 graduating class of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), on Friday – in the company of family, friends, peers, alumni, and faculty – took part in the school’s 47th commencement ceremony.  “What a journey it has been,”[Read More…]

U.S. Senate designates April 15-21 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week

CHARLESTON, W.VA.— U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Jim Risch (R-ID) last week reintroduced a bipartisan resolution designating April 15-21, 2024, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. The bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and dedication of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) and schools of[Read More…]

Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA hears update from The Health Plan

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA, on Tuesday, heard a presentation from Jeff Knight, president and CEO of The Health Plan, regarding their coverage options available through PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency).  “We are a West Virginia-based health insurance[Read More…]

Jail Oversight Committee hears staffing update, presentation on ‘justice reinvestment’

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, on Monday, heard an update regarding the “Justice Reinvestment Initiative,” from Council of State Governments Justice Center Senior Advisor, Carl Reynolds. “What I’d like to do today is very briefly tell[Read More…]

U.S. Senators Manchin and Capito, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vote to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package

Funding included for WVU, Marshall, WVSOM and numerous other schools and projects WV Press Association Sharing Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package, which included the Fiscal Year[Read More…]

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