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Wednesday, December 09, 2009 - 02:12 PM

Christmas Carols Echo Through the Capitol
The Capitol was filled with the sounds of Christmas this afternoon when the St. Alban’s St. Francis School choir sang carols around the rotunda tree.

Those walking through the Capitol could hear such songs as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by the elementary school choir who was accompanied by their music director on the keyboard.

The St. Alban’s St. Francis School choir is no stranger to singing at the Capitol. They have performed on numerous occasions.



Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 05:03 PM

House Speaker Names New Judiciary Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Speaker Rick Thompson today tapped Delegate Tim Miley (D-Harrison) to serve as the new Judiciary Committee Chairman, replacing the departed Delegate Carrie Webster. Previously, Delegate Miley had been serving as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee for the House of Delegates.

Also, Speaker Thompson chose Delegate Mark Hunt (D-Kanawha) as the committee's Vice Chairman.

For more information, please go to the Speaker's News Release page.





Monday, December 07, 2009 - 01:51 PM

Health Preparedness Key Component in Combating H1N1 in WV
Legislators and staff heard from Cathy Slemp MD, MPH, the State Health Preparedness Director, regarding West Virginia’s efforts regarding its defense against the H1N1 flu virus during the December interim meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Health Emergency Preparedness.

While noting the virus is in a decline, the health official said there is a potential for a third wave of the pandemic disease in the Spring of 2010.

Reminding staff and lawmakers the transmission is primarily from respiratory droplets (uncovered sneezing from 3-6 feet) but the bug can be picked up from surfaces and transferred by the hands to the mouth, eyes and nose.

Those who are at increased risk include children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with underlying medical problem such as, the most common, asthma.

Preventative measures include hand washing, covering coughs, abstaining from the workplace if a person has the flu, cleaning surfaces and getting vaccinated when available.

Seasonal flu viruses may include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and sometimes diarrhea or vomiting. The H1N1 has similar symptoms but they are more severe. Dr. Slemp told members of the committee that those at increased risk of complications should call a health care provider early.

Guidance on home care for the seasonal flu and H1N1 can be found at:
What To Do If You Get Sick

Health preparedness is everyone’s responsibility in maintaining good health practices.



Friday, December 04, 2009 - 02:30 PM

December Interims Begin Monday, Rotunda Tree Decorated
Members of the Legislature are set to return to the Capitol Monday, December 7 for December’s interim committee meetings.

The meetings begin Monday morning and will conclude Wednesday afternoon.

The December Interim Schedule and agendas are available on-line.

The Rotunda Tree was recently decorated. The ornaments displayed on the tree represent the extraordinary talents of students across the Mountain State. This unique decorative theme recognizes the importance of young people's creativity and arts education in our school curriculum.

All of West Virginia's remarkable students were invited to enter the "Energy" themed contest this year. A panel of judges, commissioned by the Department of Education and the Arts, selected the winning entries in each class division.

This year's ornament winners are as follows:

K-2nd category: Kathy Shapell's class from Augusta Levy Learning Center
3rd-5th category: Rondia Smith's 4th grade class from Malden Elementary
6th-8th category: Marsha Reeves's 8th grade class from Trap Hill Middle School
9th-12th category: Sara Lanigan's art class from Brooke High School




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