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02.10.15

Berkeley County leader says P&G plant bringing ‘careers’ not just jobs

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The preparation for luring a large company like Procter & Gamble began in 2012 when the Berkeley County Development Authority opted to expand the Tabler Station Industrial Park along I-81 to 600 acres. "There are plenty of sites all over the mid-Atlantic that will accommodate the average 50- to 100-acre industrial project, but there are very few that will accommodate a mega-manufacturer project," executive director Stephen Christian told MetroNews. P&G announced Tu… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Editorial: Stopping heroin and meth at the border

The trend is alarming: sharp increases in illegal drugs flowing northward into the U.S. from Mexico. Since 2011, there has been a 50 percent increase in the volume of heroin seized by border officials, and a 105 percent increase in the volume of methamphetamine. The drugs that evade detection go on to infect American communities. Two U.S. senators, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, would like the federal government do more to stem the tide. Capito, a Republican, … Continue Reading


02.08.15

Drug trade moving in on everyday life

MARTINSBURG - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has taken what she considers an "important first step" towards further addressing the nation and state's growing illegal drug problem - especially increasing heroin addiction and related overdose deaths. On Thursday, Capito joined with Sen, Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to help combat heroin and methamphetamine trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. Known as "The Stop Drugs at the Border Act of … Continue Reading


02.08.15

Capito bill aimed at combating heroin, meth

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation she says will combat heroin andmethamphetamine trafficking between the United States and Mexico. The Stop the Drugs at the Border Act of 2015 was introduced Thursday. Capito, a Republican, joined with Sen. Joe Donnelley, D-Ind., to introduce the bill. The legislation includes a few key components, including requiring the Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy to respond to the increase in heroin and meth trafficking along the border, U.S… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Manchin, Capito vote for Keystone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed the Keystone XL pipeline bill Thursday. The bipartisan bill would clear construction for the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Both U.S. senators from West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, voted in favor of the bill. It passed 62-36. "I am so pleased that bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline has finally passed in the Senate, especially after we had the opportunity to extensively debate this issue… Continue Reading


01.27.15

New Caucus Aims to Get More Women, Minorities Into STEM

Despite significant strides to improve equality in business and education, women and minorities still lag significantly behind their white male colleagues in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Lawmakers and representatives from the technology industry gathered Monday on Capitol Hill to launch a new bipartisan caucus to address those issues head-on, encouraging more women and minorities to get into STEM fields and to promote equal opportunities for them. Just 3 percent of startup… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Lawmakers launch tech diversity caucus

Members of both chambers of Congress on Monday launched a bipartisan caucus aimed at getting more women, minorities and veterans into the tech sector. The eight leaders of the new Diversifying Technology Caucus said that the effort will work with the startup advocacy group Engine to push for greater inclusiveness and diversity in the industry, which has been criticized for being overly male, white and Asian-American. "If our country's tech industry is going to stay at the cutting-edge, we have… Continue Reading


01.24.15

King Coal Highway: Renewed hope for federal support

We've seen very little progress in recent years when it comes to the construction of the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway. Both projects remain absolutely critical to the future of southern West Virginia - and Mercer and McDowell counties in particular. Unfortunately, construction on the King Coal Highway has been largely stalled for several years now. Yes, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin did place the Bluefield segment of the King Coal Highway into the state's six-year highway improvement… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Capito named chair of subcommittee overseeing EPA

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has announced that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will serve as chair of the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee. The subcommittee oversees Environmental Protection Agency regulations established under the Clean Air Act, including rules to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. "I am honored to welcome Senator Shelley Capito to serve as the chairwoman of the Subcommitt… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Capito to chair subcommittee overseeing EPA air regs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, this week announced Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will serve as the chairman of the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee. The subcommittee oversees EPA regulations established under the Clean Air Act, including rules to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. "I am honored to welcome Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) to serve as the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on… Continue Reading


01.20.15

West Virginia's Congressional delegation disagrees with Obama's State of the Union speech

West Virginia's delegation in Washington, D.C., had mixed reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, but each representative tended to disagree with the President.Obama started off his speech talking about improvements he has helped make for the economy. He only mentioned the energy sector twice, noting the Keystone XL pipeline bill and lower gas prices."We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet," he said. "And today, America is numbe… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Capito only freshman Senator to chair subcommittee in Congress

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will be the chairman of the Legislative Branch subcommittee for the 114th Congress. Capito was appointed Jan. 20 by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. She will be the only freshman Senator to chair an Appropriations subcommittee. "Having a lead role in determining our nation's spending priorities is a tremendous responsibly that I take very seriously. I look forward to working with Senator Cochran and t… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Capito to chair Legislative Branch Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will serve as chair of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the Appropriation Committee's new chairman, made the announcement Monday. Capito is the only freshman senator who will chair a subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. "Having a lead role in determining our nation's spending priorities is a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously," Capito said. "I look forward to… Continue Reading


01.14.15

For G.O.P., Precedent to Cooperate and Shed Its ‘Party of No’ Label

WASHINGTON - Senator Shelley Moore Capito's optimism about winning a seat in the Senate is tempered by another reality. "There's a real sense that we have to prove ourselves," Ms. Capito, a Republican, said. In November, voters in West Virginia gave Ms. Capito a promotion from her House seat to one in the Senate that brings more staff members, more influence within her state and more power to help it in Washington. Freed from re-election chores until 2020, she gladly accepts this advice from h… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Capito named to new US Senate Republican whip team

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Newly elected U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been appointed one of 10 members of the Republican whip team. A Capito news release says Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, tapped Capito for the job. The other members of the GOP whip team announced Wednesday include senators Mike Crapo of Idaho; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Dan Coats of Indiana; Deb Fischer of Nebraska; Cory Gardner of Colorado; James Lankford of Oklahoma; Rob Portman of Ohio; Tim Scott of… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Capito makes history; leadership role in Senate increased

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she'll have a leadership role that she wasn't expecting in the new Republican controlled Senate. Capito has been named a counsel to the leadership team of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. "It's an official position. He has broadened out his leadership team," Capito said Tuesday on MetroNews Talkline. "I'm going to have an opportunity to weigh-in much more heavily than I would have thought originally." Sen. Capito and thr… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Capito named counsel to GOP leadership, sworn in

Newly sworn in U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday to serve as counsel to the Majority Leader in the 114th Congress. Along with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Capito will provide guidance and advice to GOP leadership. She is the only freshman senator to be tapped to this position of leadership. Capito press secretary Amy Graham said this appointment will put the newly elected senator "in a str… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Capito named 1 of 4 counsels to Majority Leader McConnell

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Newly elected Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been tapped as counsel to new Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Capito's office said Tuesday in a news release that the West Virginia senator is one of four counsel members McConnell has appointed in the new Congress.The other Republican senators appointed as counsel are Rob Portman of Ohio, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Mike Lee of Utah.The release says the four senators will offer input, guidance and advice … Continue Reading


01.06.15

Sen.-elect Capito Appointed as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday to serve as a counsel to the Majority Leader in the 114th Congress. "As a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, Sen. Capito will bring invaluable insight to our conference on issues that affect American families. She is firmly committed to working on increasing jobs and improving the economy for America's middle class, and getting the Senate back to work,"… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Shelley Moore Capito Sworn In as First Female Senator from West Virginia

WASHINGTON - Shelley Moore Capito is now the first woman to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate.Capito was one of a record number of 104 women who were sworn into Congress on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol."Proud day for our family," Capito said. "My husband is here with my three children, their spouses and my two grandchildren."Sen. Capito said that she is ready to represent the state in four different Senate committees. "I'm hoping to have a national energy policy...that helps our coal ind… Continue Reading

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