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LC's congressional delegation weighs in on Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lincoln County's three voices on Capitol Hill reacted to President Donald Trump's nomination of U.S. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next justice of the United State's Supreme Court. Trump made the announcement Monday evening, July 9, 2018. The vacancy on the highest court in the land arose after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his decision to retire.

“As the Senator from West Virginia, I have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies and I take that responsibility seriously. Just as I did when Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch were nominated, I will evaluate Judge Kavanaugh’s record, legal qualifications,…

Pre-existing roundtable hosted by Manchin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from West Virginia’s clergy in Beckley, July 9, 2018, to discuss the lawsuit threatening West Virginians’ pre-existing conditions protections. In a news release, Manchin's officer said the Attorney General of West Virginia is suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. This is the second roundtable discussion Senator Manchin has hosted to discuss the importance of protecting people with pre-existing conditions with Clergy in West Virginia.  After the first roundtable, Clergy from around the state have reached out to discuss this…

New penalties for digging violators

CHARLESTON - Changes in the West Virginia Damage Prevention Law and the One Call (811) system were made earlier this year by the West Virginia Legislature and are now in effect.  Now anyone, including excavators, contractors and even homeowners, who fails to call 811 at least two business days before digging or excavating, could be subject to civil penalties.  The service is free, but the penalties range from violators being required to complete a training course to a fine of up to $5,000.

 Other changes in the One Call law include the creation of the Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board, which will investigate damage to underground facilities and recommend actions for…