Congressman Evan Jenkins

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin reports raising about $900,000 in the past three months for his 2018 re-election campaign with about $4.1 million on hand.

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A new poll puts Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin ahead of likely Republican challengers in the 2018 race for U.S. Senate.

The poll, sponsored by West Virginia MetroNews and conducted by Research America, Inc., puts Manchin 10 points ahead of Congressman Evan Jenkins (50 percent to 40 percent) and 14 points ahead of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (52 percent to 38 percent). Both Jenkins and Morrisey have announced their candidacy for the Republican Primary slated for May 2018.

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U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins visited Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston today to hold a roundtable with local experts about how best to address addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The roundtable was attended by about 20 health workers and community members, most of whom deal with addiction, including neonatal abstinence syndrome on an almost daily basis.

“The disease, yes disease of addiction is our most challenging public health and safety issue of our time,” Jenkins said during an opening statement.

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Congressman Evan Jenkins has announced he’ll run against Sen. Joe Manchin in 2018. 

The two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives announced he’ll run against Manchin for his seat in 2018 in a 3 minute video sent out by the Jenkins campaign Monday afternoon.

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West Virginia's Republican congressional and state leaders vowed Monday to work with the incoming Trump administration to push back federal environmental regulations they say limit and threaten their state's energy industry and jobs.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said the Obama administration has overstepped its authority in the energy, financial and other sectors and they expect president-elect Donald Trump to undo many of those regulations with support from lawmakers.

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New campaign filings show West Virginia's three Republican incumbents with far more money than Democratic challengers in their campaign accounts.

Filings show Rep. David McKinley's campaign received almost $241,000 from July through September, spent more than $157,000 and still had $705,000 on hand.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.

Roane County Floods
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West Virginia is one of four states that will receive part of a $500 million dollar federal flood-relief package. However, it’s unclear how much of it will be awarded to the Mountain State.

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In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

Since officially opening in October of 2014, Lily’s Place has cared for 91 babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The Need for a Special Facility

Babies arrive at the facility on 7th avenue in Huntington suffering from different levels of withdrawal involved in neonatal abstinence syndrome.  Rhonda Edmunds is the Director of Nursing at Lily's Place.

Congressman Evan Jenkins, FAST Act
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  Federal dollars are already pouring into West Virginia that will help increase public transportation access. U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins was in Huntington Tuesday to discuss how the FAST Act will help not just that city, but the entire state.

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Law enforcement officials are gathering in Huntington to discuss how to use grants to eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in West Virginia.

The meeting Friday at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center was arranged by U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, who will join via Skype from Washington, D.C.

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West Virginia's three Republican congressmen each brought in six-figure fundraising hauls last quarter.

In campaign finance reports, Congressman Evan Jenkins raised $175,500 from July through September, the most out of West Virginia's delegation. The 3rd Congressional District representative ended with $404,900 in his campaign account, and has no challenger for 2016 yet.

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 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

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Congressman Evan Jenkins hosted a roundtable discussion Friday morning in Huntington with 

  representatives of law enforcement and an anti-drug trafficking program.

The focus of the roundtable discussion was to point out the importance of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program to each wing of law enforcement in the area. 

The discussion comes on the heels of a budget proposal by the current Obama administration that would cut HIDTA’s funding by $51.6 million, taking it from $245 million to $193.4 million. Jenkins instead has requested an increase in the budget for HIDTA.

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 The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the fatal shooting of a West Virginia teenager by state trooper. 

The Charleston Gazette reports that U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins contacted the department on behalf of one of his constituents. Vanita Gupta of the department's Civil Rights Division responded in a letter that officials are reviewing information about the death of 18-year-old Timothy Hill and will take appropriate action if any federal civil rights violation is discovered.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll have a report from a hearing conducted by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito yesterday in Beckley about how the EPA’s emission control plan will affect southern West Virginia.