Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

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 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has turned down the federal government's offer to transfer ownership of a Pendleton County Navy base to the state.

Tomblin had until Friday to decide whether to accept the offer to take control of the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove.

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West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says employers in the state will see an estimated $43 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year.

Tomblin says employers have saved more than $323 million since the program was privatized in 2006.

According to the governor, the National Council on Compensation Insurance recently filed a proposed 12.1 percent reduction in workers' compensation loss cost rates with the Offices of the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner. It's the 11th reduction in 11 years.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Governor Tomblin about hosting the National Governors Association summer meeting at the Greenbrier.  The conference opens today.  And Roxy Todd tells us the story of Rabbit Jones, and the nightclub scene in segregated Charleston.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia Housing Development Fund's home mortgage interest rate has dropped below 2.81 percent, the lowest level in the fund's history.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the fund announced the rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan on Tuesday in a news release. They attribute the low rate to a $15 million bond issue by the fund.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says there are "a lot of misunderstandings" in his administration's ongoing fight with Republican lawmakers over the prevailing wage for public construction projects.

The Democrat told reporters Thursday he doesn't believe WorkForce West Virginia tried to hide information from lawmakers in a recent records request.

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More than $6.3 million in grants will support the operation of community-based corrections programs statewide.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the grants Friday.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has formed a commission to study workplace safety regulations for the oil and gas industry and to recommend improvements.

Tomblin issued an executive order on Wednesday forming the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety. The commission includes representatives of industry and labor, legislators and the secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection, Commerce, Transportation and Military Affairs and Public Safety.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced more than one million dollars in federal grants Monday for projects aimed at stopping violence against women.

The Stop Violence Against Woman Act Program Grants will support 28 projects across the state that establish or help groups already fighting violence against women in West Virginia. The grants will help pay for new personnel and provide training and assistance for those establishing groups or enhancing their organization.

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State officials joined with members of the juvenile justice community in Huntington Thursday to examine Senate Bill 393.

Senate Bill 393 which reforms the state’s Juvenile Justice system was signed into law on April 2nd. One of the many objectives is to reduce the number of status offenders, those who are charged with an offense that would not be a crime if committed by an adult. Much those offenses have to do with running away from home or what occurs often in West Virginia, being truant from school.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace.

The Democrat's spokeswoman, Shayna Varner, says the ruling lets West Virginians who count on the Affordable Care Act's tax credits continue buying insurance through the private market.

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One-stoplight Tucker County has the second-fewest residents in West Virginia, but soon will host a quarter of the state's craft breweries.

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During the five years I have served as your governor, I have made it a priority to develop a skilled workforce, reduce our state's prison and regional jail inmate population, rehabilitate those offenders when possible, and fight the battle against substance abuse. I know there is more work to be done, and I'm pleased that additional attention is being paid to these critical issues. But I also am proud of what we have already accomplished.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says a quarter of a million dollars in state grants have been awarded to programs across the state to expand access to substance abuse treatment.

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Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia.

The ban became effective Tuesday, despite Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's disapproval.

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As Republican lawmakers prepared to take the helm of both the state House of Delegates and Senate for the first time in more than 80 years this legislative session, they were questioned over and over again about their priorities. Those priorities became clear on the first day of the session when Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Bill Cole introduced the first 15 bills their party would pursue. 

Number nine of those 15: the Opioid Antagonist Act. 

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday a federal disaster declaration has been approved for 12 counties in the state. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports that Governor Tomblin has asked the state board of education to study the viability of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Japan this week.

A trade delegation led by Tomblin is scheduled to leave on Tuesday to seek new business investments for West Virginia and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya. The 10-day trip includes stops in Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo.

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Governor Tomblin says anyone who wants to work can get a job.  Today, he noted the efforts of his workforce development council to make all West Virginians career ready.  

    Close to 60 percent of all the new jobs in West Virginia will require at least a two year college degree through the year 2018.  So the governor convened the first ever Governor's Workforce Summit at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston to address it.  The governor said he took a little known seven member committee overseeing workforce needs in the state, to a bigger and more powerful council that includes higher education and community college chancellors, the superintendent of schools, the secretaries overseeing the Division of Rehabilitation and Commerce as well as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.  Tomblin says DHHR workers could counsel welfare recipients about becoming employed.

The governor suggested that DHHR counselors can suggest to their clients that there is a better life for them and their children if they got a job.  He noted that there is no longer the danger of losing medical insurance which kept many single mothers from becoming employed.
    The governor said all of these agencies are on the council so each is not working in a separate silo, but sharing information and resources.