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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 20, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- On his 92nd birthday, and two days after becoming the longest-serving member of Congress, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was celebrated Friday in Charles Town for a trademark of his nearly 57 years in office -- bringing millions of dollars in highway money to West Virginia. In Washington High School's auditorium, Byrd joined Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and state and transportation officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for another four-lane section of W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 3, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- State Senate Finance Committee chairman Walt Helmick said Tuesday that he believes a $100 million deficit projected for West Virginia state government by the end of the current budget year is a "conservative figure" that could actually get higher. In an interview after he and other area lawmakers met with Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan county commissioners about their legislative priorities, Helmick said the shortfall should not be simply plugged with "rainy day" money that has been reserved for emergencies.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 21, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Rod Snyder always had kept his music separate from his politics - until Friday night at The Apollo Civic Theatre. Snyder, who tried out for "American Idol" in 2004, also is president of the West Virginia Young Democrats, and his father, former state Sen. Herb Snyder, is on the campaign trail again this year. With his father and U.S. Sen. John Rockefeller seated among an audience of more 300 gathered for 2008 West Virginia Serenade, Snyder admitted he was a bit nervous.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 12, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin's proposals to give county school districts more flexibility with the school calendar and measures to improve academic achievement garnered praise from the Eastern Panhandle's delegation of lawmakers in the 79th Legislature. "He said more things tonight that I agree with than his four previous speeches put together," Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, said of Manchin's State of the State speech Wednesday evening. Manchin's plan to extend the school calendar year to insure students receive 180 days instruction is a proposal that some lawmakers have been trying to get adopted for 15 years, Doyle said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 14, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Gov. Joe Manchin hopes President Obama's endorsement of increasing merit pay for teachers whose students perform in the classroom will help push reforms the governor has supported for West Virginia. "We tried to give you all a chance over there by passing a bonus to where you could go out and give signing bonuses for math and sciences in the shortages especially that you have in the Eastern Panhandle -- (we) couldn't get that through (the Legislature)," Manchin said in an interview last week.
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By TRISH RUDDER | October 8, 2009
County assessor's office to close for a half day MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Sometime within the next two weeks, the Berkeley County Assessor's Office in the Dunn Building on Stephen Street will close in the afternoon for one day for roof construction. At Thursday's Berkeley County Commission meeting, Alan Davis, Deputy County Administrator, said the large air exchange units will be replaced on the roof above the assessor's office. Assessor Patricia Kilmer agreed with Davis, he said, that the office should close while the work is being done that afternoon.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 7, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said during a stop Friday in Martinsburg that there is no "sacred cow" in the package of education proposals that are expected to be part of next week's special session of the State Legislature. "If we have more money that's staying on the management (side of education) and disproportionately not getting to the classroom, something's wrong," Manchin told about 150 people at a legislative forum sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg and Berkeley County.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 11, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Local lawmakers on Wednesday night praised Gov. Joe Manchin for his proposals to expand high-speed broadband service across the state, boost funding for school security and give tax credits for first-time vehicle registrations. But they said they were disappointed that Manchin did not address regional issues, such as laying out specific plans to get Eastern Panhandle state employees - specifically teachers - more money to help prevent them from going across state lines for better pay. In his State of the State address, Manchin proposed a 2.5 percent across-the-board pay raise for teachers, and said the state is taking steps to make sure that no full-time teacher in West Virginia makes less than $30,000 a year, including starting teachers.
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by DAVE McMILLION | June 14, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin was in the Eastern Panhandle on Monday afternoon to drum up support for the sale of up to $5.5 billion in bonds to pay off debt associated with pension plans for state employees. Voters will be asked whether during a special election June 25 if the state may amend its constitution to permit the issuance and sale of the bonds. Meeting with a group of local government and business officials at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, Manchin used the time to diffuse misconceptions about the bond sale.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 20, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin is being criticized for an idea that W.Va. 9, U.S. 340 and U.S. 522 could be converted to toll highways to help pay for road improvements. State Sen. John Unger said Manchin made the comments during a photo opportunity for Leadership Jefferson, a program sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Unger strongly criticized the idea, saying Manchin is basically "looking to the Eastern Panhandle as an ATM machine. " Manchin made the comments last Tuesday in the Capitol during a state government program for Leadership Jefferson, said Heather Morgan, executive director of the local Chamber of Commerce.
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