Military

Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Eight W. Va. Museums Offering Free Admission to Military

Eight museums in West Virginia are offering military personnel and their families free entrance this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 2,000 museums nationwide including eight in West Virginia are offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day.
 
     The Blue Star Museums program is being launched Wednesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. This is the fifth year for the program created by the National Endowment for the Arts with the group Blue Star Families and the Defense Department.
 

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West Virginia Morning
11:26 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Is Formaldehyde in Charleston's Water?, Snow Days Pile Up, & More

Reactions to reports of formaldehyde in Charleston's water come after Dr. Scott Simonton of Marshall University and the Environmental Quality Board found the chemical in Vandalia Grill's water, the House rejects a resolution that would allow active-duty personnel to vote in the legislature, and researchers from Downstream Strategies raise more questions about this months chemical spill. Also, many county school systems struggle to make 180 days of classroom education.

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The Legislature Today
7:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Reports of Formaldehyde, House Rejects a Legislative Absentee Resolution, & Innovation Day

Legislators, state public health officials, and West Virginia American Water react to reports of formaldehyde found in the water of a Charleston business, the House rejects a resolution that would have allowed those absent while serving in the military to vote in the legislature, and Anne Barth og TechConnect and  Marjorie Darrah of eTouchSciences discuss how the legislature can help spur economic innovation.

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House of Delegates
6:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Delegates Reject H.R. 6, Allowing Absent Members on Active Duty to Vote

Delegate Richard Iaquina argues against H.R. 6, allowing participation in House proceedings and voting by electronic teleconferencing by members not physically present due to serving on active duty.
Credit Aaron Payne

The House currently has one member that cannot participate in voting or House activities due to military service. Delegate Joshua Nelson has been absent for the second session of the 81st Legislature while on active duty.

House Resolution 6 would allow participation for Nelson and future members not physically present while serving in the military in House proceedings and voting by electronic teleconferencing.

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Gay rights
3:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

W.Va. Guard issuing ID cards to same-sex spouses

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard
Credit Dave Mistich

The National Guard in West Virginia is now granting military ID cards to same-sex spouses, ensuring that they get benefits such as health care.
 
     The Charleston Gazette  reported Friday that one ID card has been issued to a same-sex spouse at a National Guard location in Martinsburg. An application is pending at the Air National Guard in Charleston.
 
     The National Guard had been issuing the IDs to same-sex spouses only at its four federally run facilities. The five state-run guard facilities are now doing the same.

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Veterans
10:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Efforts to help state veterans continue

The author of a study published last year on state veterans is trying to do more to help them.

Joseph Scotti has started a new organization called WHOLE Veterans. It stands for Welcome Home: Overcoming, Living, Engaging.

Scotti says it takes a lot of different people within a community to encourage veterans to reach out for help when they need assistance. He says there simply aren't enough people at the moment to deal with absolutely every veteran who needs care.

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Military
4:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

National Guard hit hard by federal shutdown

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard outlines the effects of the federal shut down to reporters during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Hoyer said he had to send home nearly half of the 2,300 guardsmen and women around the state.
Credit Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

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Syria
5:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Manchin won't support a strike on Syria

Credit Courtesy Photo

With a vote expected in Congress next week, Senator Joe Manchin says he will not support a U.S. military strike over alleged chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar Al-Assad on the people of Syria.

 

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