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Networking event held for female student-athletes at UC

Female student-athletes are more likely to graduate college with fewer professional connections than their male counterparts, disadvantaging them before they even start their careers, says Bren Stevens, athletic director for the University of Charleston. Having made that observation with her own students, Stevens is hoping to connect female student-athletes at the University of Charleston and set them on a path to success that doesn't necessarily depend on their athletic abilities. On Tuesday,… Continue Reading


Capito visits Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito met with a number of U.S. military personnel from West Virginia when she visited the Middle East last week. "Our military is just awesome," Capito said on MetroNews Talkline Monday. "Their professionalism, intellect, courage, it just strikes you. I wish every American could visit." Capito traveled with a congressional delegate to Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. She said it's also not difficult to see how dangerous the Middle Ea… Continue Reading


Capito returns from trip to Afghanistan, Middle East

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has returned from a congressional delegation's visit to Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East. The West Virginia Republican joined six other GOP senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on the trip that concluded Saturday. The senators met with U.S. troops, military officials and political leaders. Other countries on the trip included Israel, Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq. Capito says she got to see firsthand the threats to t… Continue Reading


Capito Speech A Challenge

No doubt many members of the U.S. Senate, sometimes referred to as the world's most exclusive club, have become acquainted with freshman Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., since she was sworn in just a few weeks ago. But they learned much more about her this week, when Capito delivered her maiden speech as a senator. Capito's speech, clearly written with great care, was splendid - at least, from the standpoint of West Virginians and people of like mind in other states. Capito paid appropriate t… Continue Reading


Capito Steps Into Legislative Branch Chairmanship

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., stepped into the limelight Tuesday, highlighting her new role as head of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Capitol complex and introducing herself on the floor with her maiden speech. "This is our first run at the show," Capito said at the start of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, referring to herself and new ranking member Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "And I speak for myself, and I think I speak for the senator, that rea… Continue Reading


Editorial: Capito highlights state issues in maiden speech

The United States Senate has a long tradition of granting special attention to each new Senator for his or her first major speech on the floor. Yesterday, in her maiden speech, Senator Shelley Moore Capito advanced a worthy agenda for this state and the nation. "I have heard a clear and consistent message from West Virginians," Capito said. The message: "Improve the economic opportunities for our state, stop the bickering and fight for our jobs." Citing Route 35, the Coalfields Expressway, and… Continue Reading


Capito Focuses on Energy Policy in Inaugural Senate Speech

The first woman to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate gave her inaugural floor speech today Tuesday, March 10. Energy policy was a big part of Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's address. Capito said she will focus on improving the state's roads, broadband access and health care for veterans and children during her time in the Senate. But during her 15-minute speech, U.S. energy policy became a real point of emphasis. "We need an affordable, reliable energy policy that utilizes ou… Continue Reading


Capito to focus on infrastructure, energy in first speech

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito plans to use her first floor speech in the U.S. Senate to advocate for infrastructure improvements, health care programs for veterans and children and energy policies that are favorable for the state's coal and natural gas industries. Capito, R-W.Va., is set to deliver her maiden speech at 11:30 a.m. today. The speech is a tradition for freshmen senators, who use it as an opportunity to detail some of the priorities they would like to tackle in Congress. In a Monday i… Continue Reading


Editorial: Bill to improve handling of campus sex assaults

You might think that young women in college would be more likely to report sexual assaults than other women of the same age. Typically, they are more educated and should be more likely to know their rights and options. But just the opposite is true, according to recent study by the U.S. Department of Justice. Women ages 18-25, not surprisingly, have the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimization of any age group. Sadly, most of those crimes are never reported, but students enrol… Continue Reading


Committed to Change: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

With her father's Bible in hand and her husband, Charlie, at her side, Shelley Moore Capito took an oath on January 6 to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate. The moment was a culmination of a lifetime of service and a continuation of her parents' legacy. Capito is proud to be a Mountaineer. She chooses Charleston as her home over Washington, D.C., where other members of Congress reside, and every Friday, she returns home to her beloved mountains where she is surrounded by the very people… Continue Reading


Thumbs down: EPA official adds insult to injury

When the Environmental Protection Agency held hearings last year on its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, organizers skipped the areas that would be most affected by the new rules. Meetings were held in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Kansas and Washington, D.C. Pittsburgh was the only location near eastern coal states, such as West Virginia and Kentucky. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., asked about that las… Continue Reading


Sen. Capito talks Free File tax returns

MORGANTOWN - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., visited WV's campus Friday, Feb. 20, to talk tax returns and make sure people know that some qualify for free assistance. The Free File program is a public-private partnership. Through the program, those who earn $60,000 or less can use brand-name tax preparation software products to file federal and state returns for free. West Virginia is one of 20 states, and the District of Columbia, that participate in the program. "In the long run, it sav… Continue Reading


Lawmakers visit oil train explosion site

Federal lawmakers representing West Virginia traveled to the site of Monday's massive oil train derailment and explosion to help residents and officials recover from the incident. Sen. Joe Manchin (D) and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R) said on Twitter that they went to Mount Carbon, where a train carrying more than 100 tank cars full of crude oil derailed and exploded Monday. The incident caused no deaths and only one person was injured. But hundreds of residents of two towns were evacuated, and munici… Continue Reading


GOP freshmen making an early mark in the Senate

Capitol Hill adage: Freshman senators should be seen and not heard. That idea has been in decline for a while, and it was definitely not part of the orientation packet for the big GOP class of 2015. Less than six weeks into their new terms, the dozen newest Republican senators have quickly made a mark on Capitol Hill, both in front of the cameras and behind closed doors. Republican leaders have enlisted them to rebut President Obama and to try to break a logjam with the House GOP. One flashed h… Continue Reading


Capito asks EPA about holding public hearings on climate rule in WV

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., grew defensive about her home state when asking an administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency why the Mountain State was excluded from public hearings on climate rules. During a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, told Capito West Virginia was excluded from hearings on the EPA's proposed climate ru… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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

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