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April 03, 2012

Manchin celebrates accreditation of MU Forensic Science Graduate Program | The Parthenon

by Zachary Morris

United States Sen. Joe Manchin stopped by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center on Tuesday to celebrate the accreditation of the MU Forensic Science Graduate Program's Accreditation and the addition of the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship Fund. Manchin said that the accreditation of this program makes West Virginia the leader in forensic science. "Marshall University is not just the leader in forensic science in West Virginia," Manchin said. "Marshall University is the … Continue Reading

March 27, 2012

Manchin rallies support for hiring veterans | The State Journal

by Ann Ali

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is hoping to add one symbol to storefronts and businesses that means a little more to veterans than yellow ribbon and American flag decals. "We've shown many different ways to support our troops," Manchin said during a media call Tuesday morning. "I think you'll al remember the yellow ribbon … we fly the American flag, and we do everything we can to show the sacrifices that have been made for us. "Veterans today are going to need more than … Continue Reading

March 24, 2012

Manchin encourages area students | The Martinsburg Journal

by Jenni Vincent

MARTINSBURG -U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin had plenty in common with Martinsburg High School's award-winning Good Times Show Choir members when he stopped for a visit Friday morning, especially since his own son had been part of a similar musical group during his school days. Although the choir was predominantly female, Manchin encouraged his son, Joseph, to get involved because he had a good voice and loved music. Soon, several of his son's friends also joined and in the end, it was an … Continue Reading

March 23, 2012

Manchin speaks with community leaders about economic development as a region | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail

by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told community leaders in the Eastern Panhandle Friday to pick their top priority to spur economic development as a region and avoid only looking out for their own small territories. "You can't go down (to Washington, D.C.) there with a wish list and think we're going to do it all," Manchin, D-W.Va., told a bipartisan group of political and business leaders at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Get the information you need fast. Sign up for our Breaking … Continue Reading

March 19, 2012

CCP Reciprocity Bill Makes Sense | West Virginia MetroNews

by Chris Lawrence

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced this week he's co-sponsoring a bill with Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). The bill is entitled National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012. It makes a lot of sense. More than 60,000 West Virginia gun owners possess concealed carry permits. However, when you travel to another state, a CCP is as meaningless as if you had a "chance" card from a Monopoly game in your pocket. Manchin's proposal aims to create a uniform policy in … Continue Reading

March 15, 2012

Manchin Views Destruction | Lincoln Journal

by Sean O'Donoghue

HAMLIN - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited Lincoln County, last Saturday, March 10, and viewed the destruction in the county following the March 2 storms. A Blackhawk helicopter touched down at Lions Club Field in Hamlin at around 9:45 a.m. Manchin was joined by a number of state officials. He was welcomed at Lions Club Field by Lincoln County Commission President Charles McCann, Lincoln Office of Emergency Services Director Allen Holder and others. Manchin and the group then board a … Continue Reading

March 14, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin praise Century retirees' effort | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On the eve of a vote by Century Aluminum retirees about the company's proposal to restore at least some of their health-care benefits, U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin spoke together on the Senate floor for the first time, praising the deal. The two Democratic senators praised the efforts by Karen Gorrell to lead protests seeking to restore health-care benefits to workers who retired, benefits taken away by the company, beginning in 2010. Retired Century … Continue Reading

March 10, 2012

Manchin questions military officials on contractors | Saturday Gazette-Mail

by Paul J. Nyden

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned Army Secretary John McHugh and General Ray Odierno about the Army's increasing reliance on private military contractors. Manchin wants military officials to cut contractors instead of reducing the number of regular troops, especially as debates about budget deficits continue. The United States has 90,000 service members deployed in Afghanistan, Manchin said Thursday, but they are … Continue Reading

March 08, 2012

Manchin discusses ways to improve nutrition in schools | Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently met with members of the West Virginia School Nutrition Association to discuss ways to improve nutrition programs in schools across the state.The senator spoke with multiple people, discussing ways to increase participation in breakfast programs, plans to implement innovative meal programs, and how to cook more nutritious food so children could eat well-balanced meals in West Virginia schools, a press release from Manchin's office stated."Lifelong health … Continue Reading

March 07, 2012

Manchin, other senators call for end to Afghanistan war | Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and 23 other senators called on President Obama on Wednesday to bring American combat forces home from Afghanistan. With the Senate debating funding for highway construction and other domestic transportation needs, the senators wrote to Obama, "We simply cannot afford more years of elevated troop levels in Afghanistan. We are spending roughly $10 billion in Afghanistan each month at a time when we're making tough sacrifices at home. "Your … Continue Reading

March 06, 2012

Manchin, Rahall and Rockefeller Unite Behind Efforts to Curb Oil Speculators | WVNS News

by Douglas Fritz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) joined together on Tuesday, March 6 to urge a federal watchdog to do more to make sure that a few Wall Street insiders are not impacting the price of gas for struggling families. Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) asking the agency to implement new policies to better regulate oil speculation as required … Continue Reading

March 06, 2012

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Speaks Out About Child Nutrition | WTRF News

by D.K. Wright

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia met with members of the W. Va. School Nutrition Association to discuss ways to improve nutrition programs in schools. According to a news release from Manchin's office, they discussed ways to improve participation in school breakfast programs, plans to implement innovative meal programs and how to cook more nutritious foods so children can eat well-balanced meals in W.Va. Schools. "Lifelong health starts when you're very young, so I've always made … Continue Reading

March 04, 2012

Joe Manchin | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

One can only surmise where Joe Manchin might have wound up had he not suffered a knee injury on the campus of West Virginia University. Life is indeed an uncertain odyssey for us all, and at times, it closes one door, then opens another. For Manchin, a promising quarterback for the Mountaineers, the future seemed bright, and there is no doubt he had dreams of making his mark in the world as an athlete. A product of a tiny coal mining hamlet known as Farmington - a name that would be … Continue Reading

March 02, 2012

Ravenswood Rebirth?: Century news heartens workers, community | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

Ravenswood Mayor Lucy J. Harbert says she believes the effects of reopening of the Century Aluminum plant in her town will ripple throughout the community. "People aren't spending now. Homes are up for sale," Harbert said. "People aren't making money. Our local food pantry gets wiped out every week." The tentative agreement, announced Wednesday, apparently will restore retiree health benefits and spur efforts to re-open the plant, which employed 651 when it closed on Feb. 15, 2009, at … Continue Reading

March 02, 2012

Manchin, Guard commanders discuss DoD efficiency | The Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and National Guard commanders recently discussed cost saving measures to "reduce the country's reliance on expensive contractors," a press release from the senator's office stated. Manchin spoke with West Virginia's Adjutant Gen. for the National Guard, James A. Hoyer, and Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, over breakfast for the National Guard Caucus, about how the Guard could help the Department of Defense run more … Continue Reading

February 28, 2012

Lawmakers eye options for bringing residents relief at the gas pump | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

BLUEFIELD - Sunshine and clear skies signal the approach of spring, but for many the clement weather also signifies a future hike in gasoline prices. For a month, the price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline has been inching its way up to the $4 mark. According to Monday's edition the AAA Fuel Gauge report, the price for regular gas in Bluefield climbed from $3.44 a month ago to $3.79 Monday. The average price in West Virginia has jumped from $3.48 a month ago to $3.78 Monday. In … Continue Reading

February 25, 2012

‘Invent and create:’ Manchin pushes homegrown solutions to energy challenges | Times West Virginian

by Jonathan Williams

MORGANTOWN - USA Today reports that the average gasoline price in the United States is somewhere around $3.65 a gallon. In West Virginia, the average price of gas is $3.71, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, six cents above the national average, and a decline in price is nowhere in sight. Part of the price increase is due to unrest in the Middle East, but another huge factor in the price of gas is increased demand in growing markets like China and India and Brazil. … Continue Reading

February 24, 2012

Manchin salutes local veterans | The Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG - On Feb. 17, Sen. Joe Manchin and his wife, Gayle, visited hospitalized veterans during Martinsburg VA Medical Center's "National Salute to Patient Veterans" and toured the facility. The senator met with Ann Brown, medical center director, and other staff members before visiting with veterans. During his visit, Manchin talked with several West Virginia veterans in the inpatient wards of the hospital. "I think the veterans really appreciated the visit from the senator," Brown … Continue Reading

February 22, 2012

College presidents ask Manchin for less regulation, more money | Charleston Gazette

by Amy Julia Harris

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As part of his weeklong tour of the state, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met with university presidents in Charleston on Wednesday to brainstorm big fixes to the state's higher education system -- and to deliver some bad news from Washington. "With tax dollars scarce and with the pressures on our budget and economy, there is going to be less [money for education]," Manchin said at a roundtable discussion with education leaders on Tuesday. "There's going to be more pressure … Continue Reading

February 21, 2012

Domestic energy: Coal under attack - again | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

The Obama administration's decision to cut $93 million from coal research and development is another disappointing example of the president's distorted view of coal. At the same time that funding for coal research was cut, Obama requested an additional $2.7 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is a whopping 47 percent increase over current levels, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. However, the Energy Information Administration has … Continue Reading

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