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West Virginia getting $291K from federal government for highway safety programs

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia highway safety programs are getting a $291,000 boost from the federal government.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced the funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday.

The bulk of the funding — more than $215,000 — will go to a program run by the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office to combat drunken driving. Smaller amounts are designated for programs to encourage seat belt use and to reduce motorcycle crashes.

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