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Federal Tipoffs Involving West Virginia Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 11 items )  

BLS: Employment-Population Ratio Less Than 50% for 10 States in May 2020
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following article from Economics Daily: In May 2020, the proportion of the statewide civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over with a job was less than 50.0 percent in 10 states. Nevada had the lowest employment-population ratio in May 2020, at 41.9 percent. This compared with 61.1 percent in May 2019. In May 2020, other states with employment-population ratios of less than 50.0 percent inclu  more

EPA: Steubenville Area Attains Federal Air Pollution Standard for Sulfur Dioxide
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved West Virginia's request to redesignate its portion of the Steubenville, Ohio-West Virginia area to attainment for the 2010 federal sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) under the Clean Air Act. The 2010 standard remains current after a 2019 EPA review. "Steubenville's air quality progress is another milestone in 50 year  more

National Labor Relations Board: Matt Denholm Named Regional Director for Region 9
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The National Labor Relations Board issued the following news release: National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John F. Ring and General Counsel Peter B. Robb announced the appointment of Matthew T. Denholm to serve as the Regional Director for the Agency's Region 9 Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Region 9 is responsible for conducting elections, investigating unfair labor practice charges, and protecting the right of workers to act collectively to improve their wages a  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Capitol Conservation District Local Work Group Teleconference Scheduled, July 28
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, July 11 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service West Virginia office issued the following news release: The Capitol Conservation District in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will convene a local work group teleconference to discuss conservation programs for 2020- 2021 and provide guidance for the Focused Conservation Approach (FCA), and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The tel  more

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $300,000 in CARES Act Funding to Boost Marshall University Research Corporation's Capacity to Help Communities, Businesses Respond To, Recover From Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $300,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia, to boost their capacity to support regional economic development strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. "The Trump Administration is eager to allo  more

W.Va. U.S. Attorney Stuart Issues Statement Regarding Violence Against Law Enforcement
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, July 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, issued the following statement on July 14 regarding violence against law enforcement: "Sadly, our law enforcement officers and police have become the target of terrible attacks. Two nights ago in McAllen, Texas, two police officers were fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance. Yesterday, in Bothell, Washington, two police officers were shot, one fatally, after a brief  more

W.Va. U.S. Attorney: Former Virginia Hospital Nursing Assistant Admits to Murdering Seven Veterans
CLARKSBURG, West Virginia, July 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Bill Powell, issued the following news release on July 14: A former nursing assistant pled guilty today in federal court here to murder and assault charges in the deaths of eight veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Clarksburg, West Virginia, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, West Virginia, pled guilty today to seven counts of second deg  more

W.Va. U.S. Attorney: Kentucky Woman Pleads Guilty in $4 Million Warranty Fraud Scheme
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, July 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, issued the following news release: Tammy Newsome, 54, of Ashland, Kentucky, entered a guilty plea to mail fraud for her role in a scheme to defraud Toyota of more than $4.3 million, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Newsome joins three other individuals who previously entered guilty pleas for their roles in the fraud scheme. Newsome faces up to 20 years in prison when sh  more

W.Va. U.S. Attorney: Operation Shutdown Corner - Nine Defendants Appear in Federal Court on Drug Charges
BECKLEY, West Virginia, July 11 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, issued the following news release on July 10: Eight defendants were sentenced to federal prison and one defendant pled guilty this week for participating in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating between California and Raleigh County, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. "As a result of Operation Shutdown Corner, 17 federal defendants now stand convicted and West Virg  more

W.Va. U.S. Attorney: Putnam County Man Indicted in Connection With Making Threats of Violence Against Police Officers on Snapchat
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia, July 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, issued the following news release on July 14: A Putnam County man was indicted today by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for making threats of violence against law enforcement officers on social media, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. The one count indictment charges Silas Thornton King, 18, of Hurricane, with interstate communications containing a threat to in  more

West Virginia FSA: USDA Announces More Than 1.2 Million Acres Accepted in Recent Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, July 10 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - West Virginia Field Office issued the following news release: The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the acceptance of more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup period that began March 16 and ended May 15. The number of acres offered during this signup period was 1.9 million acres, over   more