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On October 1, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) announced the opening of the application period for more than $395 million in hazard mitigation grants. States and localities will be eligible to apply for both Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants.

Apply now: FEMA opens application period for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

While the joyfulness of being a parent can never quite fully be put into words, every parent would likely agree on one phrase: babies are expensive!  Diapers, baby gear, medical bills and child care.  The cost of keeping tiny humans alive and setting them up for success is significant.  Counties also understand this well, often stretched to capa

Financing the Future: Steps Counties Can Take to Increase Investments for Young Children

October 1 marked the end of the 2014 Farm Bill – the authorizing vehicle that provides funding for rural development, conservation, agriculture, and nutrition programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that are critical to counties. The expiration comes as Congress debates a new farm bill; both the U.S. House and U.S.

Farm bill funding lapses as Congress seeks final agreement

On October 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court officially began its 2018-2019 session. Due to delays in the U.S. Senate confirmation of a new Supreme Court associate justice nominee – U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh – only eight justices will be delivering opinions at the start of the term.

Supreme Court begins new term

On September 24, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately implement the 2017 Risk Management Program (RMP) rule instituted under the Obama Administration, which aims to improve emergency response planning in and around facilities that use hazardous chemicals.

Court orders EPA to reinstate chemical safety rule

Prior to the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1, Congress avoided a partial government shutdown by approving a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government funded through December 7. As of September 30, five of the necessary 12 annual appropriations bills have been completed.

Short-term extension keeps federal government funded as Congress works on FY 2019 appropriations

On October 2, the U.S.

Senate committee approves bill to reduce National Parks deferred maintenance backlog

On July 10, NACo released a new resource on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

NACo releases new resource on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

NACo Legislative Presentation: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

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Rob Glad I finally had the chance to meet and chat with former DuPonter Mark Bowe and his father at the CAWV Construction Expo today. Panther Pride and Barnwood Builders !!
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Winter Waterland at City of Charleston – Stormwater Program | Downtown Charleston WV ArtWalk Stop by to see the Snowmen of the City Service Center before they melt away!  Charleston’s community of snowmen show how they spend their time enjoying an
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Spotlight West Virginia This height comparison graphic gives you a new look at the New River Gorge Bridge. - By Carly Norosky
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'One in a Million' Yellow Cardinal Spotted Experts propose different theories for why bird's plumes have a mysteriously mustard hue.
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05 October 2018
We just held our 2018 Fall Board Meeting of WVACo at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg - Wood ...
05 October 2018
Wow! Our new website! Welcome. What do you think?  Check it out: the counties' page that gives ...