Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

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A light rain fell on the Capitol complex as the governor laid a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. From there, he led a procession across the complex to ring the ceremonial bell in the North Plaza.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by members of the National Guard and first responders at the state Capitol Thursday to honor the 13 anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov.  Tomblin has ordered all flags at state facilities lowered to half staff in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
     Nearly 3,000 people died 13 years ago when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
 
     Tomblin asked that residents observe a moment of silence at 8:46 this morning - the time the first plane struck the north tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
 

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Gov. Tomblin said today that after months of hard work by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, an interpretive rule providing guidance on the implementation of Senate Bill 373, the above ground storage safety law, has been established.

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Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.

Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Dave Tabler who heard so many jokes about being from West Virginia, he began a website and podcast to defend it.  We’ll also meet Uncle Dude of Pocahontas County.  His nephew explains how his uncle mastered bluegrass music after contracting polio as a child.  Ashton Marra reports on Gov. Tomblin's new effort to reform the state's juvenile justice system. 

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 Governor Tomblin's task force working to reform the state's juvenile justice system met for the first time in Charleston today. The group of some 30 members is tasked with presenting legislative recommendations before the end of the year.

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill.

In a July 9 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in "survival mode" and should be exempt from new aboveground tank inspections and registrations.

He says inspections could cost $2,000 per well annually.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.

The brother of West Virginia's governor has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years of probation for federal drug charges.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that's been vacant for more than a year.
 

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During the fall and spring school sessions, thousands of West Virginia schoolchildren are fed both breakfast and lunch as part of the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But when school is out for the summer, these meals end. This is why the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition started their Summer Food Service Program.

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Robby Queen will serve as the director of intergovernment affairs for West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Queen worked for Tomblin when he served as Senate president, first as an intern and then as a per-diem employee. He was a special assistant to former Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, who now serves in the U.S. Senate.

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Gov. Tomblin is announcing more than one million dollars in grants for community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery service across West Virginia.

Seven providers will receive grants through the Justice Reinvestment program. One grant will help fund a new, 60- to 100-bed Mercer County treatment facility.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has called the Legislature back into session to deal with funding and other measures.

The special session begins Monday.

Tomblin's agenda includes a supplemental appropriations bill that would allocate up to $4.7 million to the Courtesy Patrol. The funding would come from the Tourism Promotion Fund.

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Lawmakers are joining community action groups in asking the governor to restore funding to what they call critical childhood and domestic violence programs across the state.

The cuts came after the 2014 legislative session in the form of a line item veto- one that took $1.06 million from in-home family education, domestic violence services and child advocacy centers.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced he's restoring funding to some West Virginia social services programs that he previously cut.

Tomblin wrote to state Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley on Wednesday that the restored funding includes $150,000 for an in-home family education program, $80,000 for child abuse prevention and $30,000 for a domestic violence legal services fund.

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  Communications professional Chris Stadelman will become Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's top spokesman.

Stadelman has more than 20 years of experience in the communications field. He also served as communications director for Tomblin's 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

Stadelman will start May 16 as Tomblin's communications director.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced an “After Action Review” of the state’s  response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. 

The Review hopes to highlight the many ways in which state agencies, county and local emergency management offices, volunteer and charity organizations, the West Virginia National Guard, and other entities responded to the nine-county State of Emergency.

Tomblin’s office says the review will also address ways the state can improve its emergency response systems. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday 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, I have been continually impressed by Amy's energy, talent and passion for improving opportunities for our state," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release issued Thursday.

Gov. Tomblin, DHHR Urge Threat Preparedness

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is asking all West Virginians to prepare for a possible national disaster by participating in Prepareathon Day on Wednesday. National disasters have affected the state over the last few years, like a derecho and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which left most of the state without power for lengthy periods of time.  Governor Tomblin wants West Virginians to think about those and other potential events and talk to one another what they can do to be better prepared if a similar situation would happen.

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