The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

July 19, 2008

McCain proposes $2B for clean coal

When Sen. John McCain’s plane landed at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington July 9, it wasn’t because the Republican presidential candidate had any plans to stay long in West Virginia.

Rather, McCain and his staff quickly unloaded from the plane and hopped on his waiting campaign bus, the Straight Talk Express. The bus took the candidate across the Ohio River to a rally in Portsmouth, Ohio, a state that he made clear in an interview along the way he thought was critical in the upcoming presidential election.

“The last president to become successful and not carry the state of Ohio was (John F.) Kennedy,” he said. “Every successful presidential candidate since then has had to carry the state of Ohio.”

Ohio is a tempting prize, with its 20 electoral votes and polls showing McCain running neck and neck with Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama.

On the other hand, West Virginia, with a meager five electoral votes, isn’t nearly as eye-catching for the candidates. But McCain said it hadn’t been forgotten.

“It is another one of those states that is going to be a battleground state,” he said. “I intend to be there a lot.”

McCain, 71, clinched the GOP nomination for president in March, beating out other candidates who were generally viewed as more politically conservative. He has a reputation as a political maverick, parting with his own party on issues such as global warming, yet also voicing his support for keeping American troops in Iraq.

He didn’t carry West Virginia during the state Republican caucus in February, with the state GOP instead throwing its support behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — although many McCain supporters voted for Huckabee to deny McCain’s one-time rival Mitt Romney, who is the former governor of Massachusetts, a victory in the state. Still, a poll showed McCain with a small but comfortable eight-point lead over Obama among state voters.

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  • Two state tornadoes occur on same day

    West Virginia gets few tornadoes on average every year, yet two of them occurred on one recent day.
    While the sheer number of annual tornadoes pales in comparison to other states, they do occur in West Virginia, with its vast network of hills and mountains. Two of them formed 55 miles apart on Sunday night.

    July 31, 2014

  • I-77 tunnel repair complete

    Repairs to an Interstate 77 tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border have been completed following a truck fire.

    July 30, 2014

  • Another tornado confirmed in West Virginia

    Another tornado has been confirmed in West Virginia.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pierpont, WVU-Parkersburg enter transfer agreement

    West Virginia University at Parkersburg has signed a transfer agreement with Pierpont Community & Technical College.

    July 30, 2014

  • Repairs set for I-77 tunnel

    Some lanes of an Interstate 77 tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border where a truck fire occurred are being rerouted for repairs.

    July 29, 2014

  • Veterans crisis center coming to Clarksburg

    The long delays for veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals have prompted The American Legion to plan a short-term crisis center in Clarksburg.

    July 29, 2014

  • Weekend tornado confirmed in West Virginia

    The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Pleasants and Ritchie counties over the weekend.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rahal: Fund VA reform ‘for our veterans’

     On the cusp of Congress’s lengthy summer break, factions sparring over legislation to strengthen health care and funding reforms for the Department of Veterans Affairs may have reached a compromise.
    Although final details are still in the works, the top two negotiators, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., released a joint statement that said they had “made significant progress toward and agreement on legislation to make VA more accountable and to help the department recruit more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals.”

    July 29, 2014

  • Attorney general reaches $950,000 settlement with three financial groups

    West Virginia’s attorney general has reached a $950,000 settlement with three companies over allegations of antitrust law violations.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman convicted in teen’s slaying moved

    A Monongalia County teenager has been transferred to a state prison to complete her sentence for the slaying of another teenager.
    The Lakin Correctional Center near Point Pleasant said Friday Rachel Shoaf has been booked at the Division of Corrections prison. Shoaf turned 18 last month and had been held in a juvenile facility.

    July 26, 2014

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