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August 17, 2019
McKinley Searches for Solutions After OVMC Closure Announcement

For more than a century the Ohio Valley Medical Center has been part of the fabric of our community, so the announcement that OVMC/EORH is planning to close hurts.

My initial concern is for the 1,200 employees and their families. Everybody in the Valley should focus on extending a helping hand to those who are impacted, from the nurses to housekeeping.

Since hearing the news last week, we have met with the hospital administrator at OVMC and spoken with Governor Justice and urged him to get the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources involved.

In the coming weeks we will work to ensure as soft a transition as possible for not only the employees but also the tens of thousands of residents who rely on the hospital for care.

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McKinley Applauds FCC’s Decision to Establish a Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that it would move forward with establishing a three-digit number that would enable callers to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The three-digit dialing code, likely to be 9-8-8, will enable callers to reach the network of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, currently 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Establishing this hotline is a simple step that will help save lives, and I applaud Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to finally get this done.The reality is that when a veteran or anyone else is struggling with thoughts of suicide or having any mental health crisis, the last thing they are thinking about is looking up a number to call.

A three-digit easy-to-remember number can provide someone who is struggling quick access to the help they need. Crisis call centers save lives and at the end of the day that is what this three-digit code is all about.

We have advocated for a three-digit suicide prevention hotline for several years after hearing about the concept in roundtable meetings with veterans.

ICYMI: McKinley Hosts Workshop on Workforce Needs

Among the millions of jobs open in the country, vocational roles are constantly needing to be filled. To that end, we joined together with Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson and local organizations from both sides of the Ohio River to host a workshop on workforce needs.

The event included educators from across the area to talk about some major workforce needs -- many of which are trades -- and how to prepare young students for opportunities in those roles. To read more about the workshop click here

ICYMI: Traveling the First District 
My favorite part of August is the fact that we have a chance to visit cities throughout the First District. Speaking with constituents, and seeing the great things happen in our state is by far one of my favorite parts of being home. So far this August we have spent time in Weirton, Wheeling, Benwood, Sistersville, Friendly, Parkersburg, Proctor, New Martinsville and Willow Island.

ICYMI: McKinley Introduces Bill to End Pill Dumping 
 The Energy and Commerce Committee conducted an investigation following the discovery that nearly 9 million pills were distributed in just two years to a single pharmacy in West Virginia, the Block, Report and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act will prevent this from ever happening again. The Block, Report and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act would mandate that drug manufacturers, distributors and others required to register with the Drug Enforcement Administration must not only report a suspect shipment but must halt its delivery until it can be investigated.

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In The News

HEPC officials to recommend reauthorization of Wheeling University: Metro News

FCC approves $6.5 million for West Virginia as part of broadband expansion package- Metro News

This Simple Law Could Have Saved The US $126 Billion in Broadband Deployment Costs – Vice News

 West Virginia Governor fights to keep students in Wheeling: WTOV                                                          

Oil, natural gas leaders tout bright future at IOGA summer meeting : The Logan Banner

Factory up and running: Weirton Daily Times                                                                            

Farmers get together for agricultural field day: WTAP

Efforts to end 'pill dumping' practices need support: Preston County News & Journal

Saving miners’ pension fund: Morning Journal

W.Va.'s federal lawmakers urge disaster declaration for flooding: WV News


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