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Public meeting discusses New River Gorge redesignation

LANSING - On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV), held a public meeting with business owners, outdoorsmen, community leaders and local residents to discuss the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Act. The legislation, introduced by Senators Manchin and Capito, would redesignate the New River Gorge National River as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

“Today, we had a productive conversation about the future of the New River Gorge. West Virginians take great pride in our outdoor heritage and…

Burn ban lifted by Justice

CHARLESTON –Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation, Wednesday, October 9, 2019, officially rescinding the recent statewide ban on all types of outdoor burning.

This action comes after the state received sufficient rainfall over the past several days to warrant ending the outdoor burning ban.

Standard fall burning season laws and regulations take effect immediately.

The burning of forestland, grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials is now allowed; only from the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Small fires set for the purpose of preparing food, or providing light or warmth are permitted anytime without a burning permit, provided all grass, brush, stubble, or other…

Marshall awarded $17 million renewal for bio-medical research efforts in WV

HUNTINGTON – Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received a five-year, $17 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for continued funding of West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE).

Now in its 19th year, WV-INBRE has brought more than $71 million in grant support to West Virginia for the purpose of building a solid infrastructure and increased capacity for bio-medical research throughout the state. Marshall University serves as the lead institution on this project and works with partner lead West Virginia University and 14 other colleges and universities in West Virginia to implement the initiative.

West Virginia…