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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 17, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican opponent Russ Weeks both said Thursday evening during the second of four planned gubernatorial debates that they were in favor of reinstating the death penalty in the state. Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson renewed his opposition, citing his Christian beliefs. Manchin conditioned his support on obtaining assurances that the individual's conviction was without error. "I wish I was a strong enough Christian to say I was against (the death penalty)
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 23, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and several of his leading administrators heard firsthand Tuesday night many of the problems facing the Eastern Panhandle. From locality pay for school teachers to preservation of cultural resources such as Falling Waters Battlefield and taxation of elderly homeowners, the issues aired by residents and community leaders among a crowd of more than 300 were plentiful. Many solutions were sweeping and lacked specifics in what was the second in series of planned stakeholders sessions to be held statewide.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Friday he will run for re-election in 2008 and West Virginia's junior senator believes fellow Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd is in "great shape" to win another six-year term in November. Rockefeller joined Byrd, Gov. Joe Manchin, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., congressional candidate Mike Callaghan and a host of state and local Democratic Party leaders and supporters Friday for the second annual Regional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser and rally in Martinsburg at the Holiday Inn. Before dinner was served, Manchin said he would be campaigning as much as he could for area state lawmakers seeking election in November, praising their "hard and tough work they've done.
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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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