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September 25, 2015

Manchin, McDonald Talk About Drug Abuse, Health Care Access | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Lydia Nuzum

On Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald visited Charleston to talk about two major issues facing the country and state's military veterans - healthcare access and drug addiction, two often-connected problems that strongly affect West Virginia. Manchin, who in May helped launch a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. Senate to address prescription drug abuse, said Friday that although he believes the U.S. is strong in terms of economic reach and military … Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Manchin Visits Area for Labor Day Celebrations | Martinsburg Journal

by Jenni Vincent

HARPERS FERRY - West Virginia's future - as well as its past contributions, especially in terms of workers - was never far from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's thoughts as he visited locally over the Labor Day weekend, attending events that highlighted local individuals' efforts to continue moving forward collectively. His visit began Sunday night with a reception honoring outstanding Civil Air Patrol cadets, young men and women he praised for their leadership skills. Monday morning included serving … Continue Reading


September 07, 2015

Manchin commits his support to Harpers Ferry fire recovery effort | Herald Mail

by Matthew Umstead

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - "Lower Town" Harpers Ferry building owner Doug Alexander told Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday that he is trying to be optimistic about being able to restore his historic property, but the extent of damage caused by the July 23 blaze might be too great. "The original building ... is 179-years-old," Alexander told Manchin, a Democrat, who visited the fire scene, which heavily damaged the Shepherdstown businessman's building at 109 Potomac St. and impacted the private property … Continue Reading


September 05, 2015

Manchin addresses a full house at old-fashioned town hall meeting Friday, Discussion ranged from education to the Iran Nuclear Deal | Preston County News and Journal

by Theresa Marthey

KINGWOOD - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 500 people at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood Friday. Manchin was the special guest as part of the Preston County News & Journal's first Old-Fashioned Town Hall Meeting. More than 100 history students from Preston High attended the event, as did many residents from around the county and as far as Wheeling to hear Sen. Manchin's thoughts on critical issues like the Iran nuclear … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Outrageous!: Don’t give OxyContin to children | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Just when you think things possibly can't get any worse in Washington, here comes an outrageous announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bewildering and simply unacceptable decision, the FDA has now ruled that it is OK for children as young as 11 years of age to use OxyContin. Seriously? We are talking about OxyContin, the same highly addictive and powerful painkiller that led to a scourge of deadly prescription drug abuse here in the mountains of southern West Virginia … Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

Sen. Manchin Addresses Commissioners, Visits Ballpark | Dominion Post

by Ben Conley

MORGANTOWN - Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, didn't pull any punches Tuesday, Aug. 11, as he addressed the membership of the West Virginia County Commissioner's Association, gathered at the Morgantown Event Center for its annual conference and auditor's training. "We've got some tough decisions. We live in a troubled world, a very troubled world, and a divided country," Manchin said, explaining that county commissioners are "on the front lines. You're hearing it all. You're seeing it all - good, … Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

New FBI Facility in Clarksburg will Bring Biometric Research Together | Times West Virginian

by Angelee Wiley

CLARKSBURG - Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were ready to celebrate Tuesday as they gathered for a ribbon cutting at a new facility in Clarksburg. The Criminal Justice Information?Services (CJIS) hosted a dedication for the new Biometrics Technology Center that is 360,000 square feet. The facility will be home to several hundred FBI and Department of Defense employees. Construction on the building began in 2011. Stephen Morris, the assistant director for the FBI's … Continue Reading


August 10, 2015

Manchin Promotes Preventive Practices | Beckley Register-Herald

by Daniel Tyson

Sen. Joe Machin, D-W.Va., said the country's health care crisis is not insurmountable, but the current model is going at it wrong. "We have the greatest health care system in the word if you're broke ... But what we don't do very well is to teach you how not to be broke," he said. Speaking before about 20 people Sunday at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, Manchin said the country and West Virginia need to start focusing on preventive practices, instead of healing people after they get sick. The … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better | Republic 3.0

by Anne Kim

Earlier this spring, speculation was mounting that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would be leaving the Senate to run for his former job as governor of West Virginia. Polls showed Manchin to be a heavy favorite, were he to become a candidate in 2016. An April 2015 survey, for example, showed Manchin with a 66 percent approval rating in the state and a 30-point lead over state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the leading GOP candidate. But at the end of April, Manchin made a surprise … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Manchin Tells Miners Commonsense has Spoken | WV MetroNews

by MetroNews Staff

YOLYN, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told a group of southern West Virginia coal miners Tuesday this week's ruling from the United States Supreme Court is the first ray of hope in the ongoing war against coal. "Commonsense is saying-'you (the federal EPA) must take in the effects of the economy and the devastation that you've had on peoples' jobs, their lives and the region from which they come from,'" Manchin said recapping the Supreme Court opinion. The 5-4 opinion struck down the EPA's … Continue Reading


June 05, 2015

Qatar Looking to Invest in W.Va., Starts with $50k for Reconnecting McDowell | WV Public Broadcasting

by Ashton Marra

A country that has already invested more than $12 billion in the United States sent its ambassador to West Virginia Friday looking for possible future investments in the Mountain State. Qatar Ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Al-Kuwari was invited and escorted on the visit by Sen. Joe Manchin, making stops at the Advanced Technical Center at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Dow Chemical, and meeting with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Al-Kuwari said his country has already made a … Continue Reading


June 04, 2015

Manchin Fighting Drug Menace | The Charleston Gazette

by Editorial

WE KNOW a circuit judge who says privately that he dreads one heartbreaking day each week: It's the day when welfare workers come to his courtroom and ask him to remove little children from their drug-addicted, unfit parents and their filthy homes. Case after case, the sad process sometimes consumes a whole day in court, he says. Tiny children are the most vulnerable victims. It's heart-wrenching to take them from their own homes and struggle to find new ways to care for them. Thank heaven, … Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Sen. Manchin: This country needs to manufacture more | The Inter-Mountain

by Chris Lee

CANAAN VALLEY - Sen. Joe Manchin was the keynote speaker Thursday for a three-day conference intended to promote small business throughout the state. Manchin addressed a crowd full of small business owners and corporate representatives for approximately 40 minutes during the event, one of several meetings featuring prestigious state and federal officials scheduled for the 25th annual Teaming to Win Small Business Conference that concludes today at the Canaan Valley Conference Center in Tucker … Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Mr. Manchin stays in Washington | The Economist

EVER since Joe Manchin, an old-style centrist Democrat from West Virginia, arrived in the Senate in 2010, he found himself puzzled by colleagues who adore the institution, when its partisan paralysis drives him to despair. He spent much of this year weighing whether to quit Washington and head home to run for his old job of governor in 2016. He even commissioned a poll which showed him winning a gubernatorial contest handily. As he pondered, he confronted a veteran senator with a (not wholly … Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Manchin talks workforce, infrastructure concerns | Charleston Gazette

by Caitlin Cook

West Virginia needs to address its workforce issues, and Washington needs to address infrastructure and debt concerns, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday. Delivering the keynote at the annual Who's Who in West Virginia business luncheon, Manchin said these are challenging times. "We're probably more challenged now than we've ever have been challenged," the senator told the crowd at Embassy Suites. West Virginia has been pretty resilient but it needs to find ways to diversify the … Continue Reading


May 28, 2015

Senator Visits Local YWCA | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Ian Hicks

WHEELING - The opening of a dozen transitional apartment units for domestic violence victims and women recently released from prison is about two weeks away, according to Wheeling YWCA Executive Director Lori Jones. The project was funded in part by a $467,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh last year, which chose the Wheeling YWCA as its venue on Tuesday to announce almost $800,000 in grant awards for three projects this year in Morgantown and Fairmont. Sen. Joe Manchin, … Continue Reading


May 28, 2015

Manchin: Addiction response needed | Herald Dispatch

by Jean Tarbett Hardiman

HUNTINGTON - "Changes have to come. We can't keep doing what we're doing." Those were the words of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., during a public forum hosted Wednesday by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams to bring federal officials into the community discussion on steps to address the drug addiction epidemic. Manchin and U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin joined a panel of experts representing the fields of addiction recovery, prevention, pharmacies, churches and schools, as well as a … Continue Reading


May 28, 2015

Manchin talks future of energy economy | Herald Dispatch

by Brandon Roberts

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama and his administration 'sapproach to energy and the development of clean-coal technology during a meeting with The Herald-Dispatch's editorial board Wednesday. "(What the Obama administration says) might sound good and it might look good, but at this point they are not putting their resources, their money where their mouth is to do the research for the technology," Manchin said. Manchin said he … Continue Reading


May 25, 2015

Manchin asks drug wholesalers to release pain-pill records | Charleston Gazette

by Eric Eyre

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging the nation's largest drug wholesalers to release records that would show the number of prescription painkillers the companies have shipped to West Virginia over the past decade. Manchin, D-W.Va., sent letters last week to the CEOs of 13 drug distributors that supply pain pills, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, to pharmacies across the Mountain State. "West Virginia communities are hurting, and the epidemic of prescription drug abuse will only get worse if we … Continue Reading


April 29, 2015

Focus on Improved Safety in Coal Mines | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Editorial

Laws put in place to protect coal miners do little good without full enforcement. In fact, despite progress - and an ever-growing list of regulations, more than 500 miners have been killed over the past decades. And, according to a fact sheet that accompanied legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., "Tools the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use to hold rogue mine operators like (Massey Energy Co.) accountable were ineffective." Building on … Continue Reading

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