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Area benefits from budget

July 09, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than $2.3 million came home to the Eastern Panhandle after West Virginia lawmakers passed the budget digest June 27.

The budget digest specifies how money will be spent in the $7.8 billion budget passed in the recent session of the Legislature, according to Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, the only local lawmaker who sits on a budget conference committee that approves the digest.

Of the funding for the Eastern Panhandle, $1 million was awarded for a medical education campus that some local lawmakers say is one of the biggest economic development projects to unfold in the area in recent years.

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The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center/Eastern Division center will be based in Martinsburg, with the proposal including a 15,000-square-foot educational facility to be built on the grounds of City Hospital.

Medical students will also receive training at City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry Family Practice Center, said Michael F. Friedland, dean of the new school.

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