Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Prison Overcrowding
9:09 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rehabilitation Programs at Regional Jails Could Save State Millions

Senator Donald Cookman questions Governor Tomblin's Deputy General Counsel Joseph Garcia during a legislative interim meeting at the Capitol.
Credit Ashton Marra

A law signed by Governor Tomblin in April is already having its intended effect of decreasing the state’s prison population. Legislators meeting this week in Charleston got an update on how Senate Bill 371, the governor’s prison reform bill, is doing.

State lawmakers are presented with projections all the time. The projected annual revenue, for example, is constantly talked about within the corridors of the Capitol because in recent years, those projections have shown major declines in funds.

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Economic Development
5:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Italian manufacturer bringing 250 jobs to Wayne County

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Sogefi USA's plan to add 250 additional jobs at its Prichard, W.Va., plant.
Credit Ashton Marra

An Italian based automotive parts manufacturer announced plans to more than double the work force of their West Virginia location. Sogefi USA will add 250 jobs to their Wayne County plant as they create a new line of parts for General Motors vehicles.

“Today, thanks to our collaborative efforts and hard work, 250 West Virginians can look forward to good paying new jobs,” Governor Tomblin said as he made the announcement at Sogefi USA’s manufacturing plant in Wayne County Tuesday morning.

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W.Va. Turnpike
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Should the state keep tolls on the W.Va. Turnpike after 2019?

Parkways Authority Board members Bill Seaver and William Cipriani during a meeting in Charleston over the shoulder of General Manager Greg Barr.
Credit Ashton Marra

As the state moves closer to paying off its bond debt associated with the West Virginia Turnpike, lawmakers are starting to consider what to do with the roadway. The ideas being discussed in the halls of the Capitol, however, always make their way a few miles down I-77 to the state Parkways Authority’s headquarters.

A bill originally introduced during the 2013 Legislative Session is being hashed out by legislators during interim meetings. Co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cole of Mercer County, he says it helps diminish the burden on the Turnpike counties.

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Federal Shut Down
5:53 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Technicians returning to work, but National Guard still facing challenges

Adjutant General James Hoyer briefing the media in Charleston Tuesday about how the federal government shut down is continuing to affect the West Virginia National Guard.
Credit Ashton Marra

A majority of the furloughed West Virginia National Guard members and support staff are returning to work this week because of a movement in Congress to extend military pay to reserve members.

But the state’s top-ranking Guard official said a return to work doesn’t mean those members, and the overall safety of the state, won’t continue to be affected by the federal government shut down.

“The Guard in West Virginia will overcome obstacles and we’ll make things happen to take care of our people in this state, but we shouldn’t have to operate this way.”

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The Governor's Office
6:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Tomblin to travel Europe promoting W.Va. industries

Governor Early Ray Tomblin announces he will tour 5 European countries in 13 days to lobby business owners to invest in West Virginia.
Credit Ashton Marra

Governor Tomblin announced a trip later this month touring 5 European countries to lobby business leaders for investment in West Virginia industries.

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10:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Legislative audit shows state purchasing laws not followed

Legislative auditors told an interim legislative committee the state's $38 million expansion of a statewide microwave communications network ignored West Virginia purchasing laws. Legislative leaders say they’re committed to reviewing the purchase process to prevent future misconduct.

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Drug Abuse
9:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Integrated Behavorial Health Conference tackles drug abuse, other mental health issues

West Virginia’s substance abuse problem is one focus of the Integrated Behavioral Health Conference in Charleston this week.  Professionals from health care, government and law enforcement are meeting to find the best ways to handle substance abuse and other mental health needs.

Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling said the idea of the conference began a couple years ago and that the goal is to combine resources in hopes of learning and progressing the field.

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September 11
11:42 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Gov. Tomblin Marks 9/11 with Wreath Ceremony, Meets with First Responders

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presents a wreath at the Fallen Firefighters' Memorial on the State Capitol grounds to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Credit Dave Mistich

This morning Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin laid a wreath near the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial on the State Capitol grounds to mark the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

On this day 12 years ago, Governor Tomblin was serving as Senate President in the State Legislature. He said he first heard reports of the planes striking the World Trade Center as he was getting ready for the day while the legislature was in special session. Tomblin said he rushed to the Capitol and watched the rest of the day’s events unfold.

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