On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.
Justice Celebrates Groundbreaking of Wheeling Road Improvement Project
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Gov. Jim Justice and BabyDog were on the corner of Market and 10th Streets in downtown Wheeling Friday morning to break ground on the multimillion dollar road improvement project Wheeling Streetscape Project Friday.
The approximately $32 million project will add ADA-compliant curb cuts, widened sidewalks, and decorative traffic signals, plants and trees.
“This is an incredible community,” Justice said. “But from the first day that I drove in here, I thought if we don’t get this fixed, who in the world is going to want to come to the town of Wheeling?”
Justice was joined by Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston and Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, who called the project the most exciting thing to happen to the city in 20 years.
“When it’s done it’s going to be the most pedestrian friendly downtown of the state, I’m convinced of that,” Elliott said. “It’s gonna be really a great flagship for the state of West Virginia, for people to get off I-70 and come drive through it. So we’re thrilled.”
The Wheeling Streetscape Project is expected to be completed in 2024.
On this West Virginia Week, the state legislature began winding down its 2024 session. Wednesday marked the last day for new bills to pass out of their chamber of origin, and now both the House and Senate are voting on bills proposed by their colleagues across the rotunda.
On this episode of The Legislature Today, there is just one more week of the 2024 West Virginia Legislative session. These last days of the regular session are usually when state budget issues are debated and resolved. But a surprise notification from the federal government that the state return nearly half a billion dollars in COVID-19 funds has several major legislative funding issues on hold.
A surprise notification from the federal government that the state must return nearly half a billion dollars in COVID-19 funds has several major funding issues on hold.
These last days of the regular session are typically when state budget issues are debated and resolved.