Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
State of West Virginia / State of West Virginia

Former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says whether a Republican or Democrat wins the White House won't make a difference in the big picture of West Virginia's hurting coal industry.

The Democrat spoke Friday at the National Energy Conference at West Virginia University's College of Law. The event discussed the industry's issues and options to move the struggling state forward.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
State of West Virginia / State of West Virginia

Former Sen. Jay Rockefeller is delivering the keynote address at a national energy conference at West Virginia University this week.

The university said the conference will look at the effect of the global energy transition on coal communities in West Virginia and central Appalachia.

Rockefeller Calls Torture Un-American

Dec 18, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with

U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller about the reaction to the CIA torture report released last week.  And Glynis Board reports from the growing gas fields of Doddridge County.

West Virginia Morning
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Both Marshall and Concord Universities head into the weekend with big games before them. Marshall will take on Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA Championship in Huntington and Concord will meet Bloomsberg for the Super Region One Championship in Athens.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller gave his farewell speech on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday, thanking his family, staff and fellow West Virginians for allowing him to serve.

This episode also include the Mountain Stage Song of the Week "Whatch'a Gonna Do" by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Film Honoring 37 Fallen Premieres Tonight

Nov 11, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning on this Veterans Day, Beth Vorhees talks with two students at West Virginia State University about their film that chronicles the lives and service of 37 West Virginians who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And Suzanne Higgins sits down with U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller as prepares to retire from public service. 

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller will get a school named after him at West Virginia University.   And we’ll have an update about how the community of Matewan is turning their town around.

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jay Rockefeller and plan to introduce legislation aimed at ensuring more fair treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.

The bill by the two coal-state senators comes after an investigation examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. The investigation was done by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News.

Senator Rockefeller introduced the Black Lung Health Improvements Act last year, but the new bill is expected to address issues uncovered in the investigation.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a report about dueling political rallies as two major out of state politicians stump for their party's candidates for United States Senate.  Ashton Marra reports on that and transportation funding issues. And a check in with Roger May about his photography project "Looking at Appalachia." 

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sat at a table with Senator Rockefeller, Congressman Nick Rahall and West Virginia DOT Secretary Paul Mattox in the main hall of the state Culture Center in Charleston.

He came to West Virginia to talk about infrastructure and the funding it will take to fix an aging system not just in West Virginia, but across the country. That funding, though, as Foxx said, is stuck in Washington.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two major Congressional players made stops in West Virginia Monday to rally around their respective party’s candidate for Senate.

The atmosphere in Shepherdstown was upbeat, in a word, at current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s rally as supporters chanted and cheered for the Democratic candidate. Tennant was joined by veteran Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

In the days leading up to the rally, Tennant’s Republican opponent bashed her for teaming up with an anti-coal Senator whose agenda the state GOP says hurts West Virginia.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
Politico

At a hearing about health care reform earlier this week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller said that legislation is stalled and progress is not being made in Congress because some people think President Obama is he wrong color.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In a packed auditorium on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, Senator Jay Rockefeller took a seat on the stage, joined by Emmy-award winning journalist Ted Koppel, a long-time correspondent for ABC News and former host of their late night news magazine Nightline.

The two sat down as old friends to discuss Rockefeller’s decades in politics, his feelings toward the current atmosphere in Washington and, most importantly to him, to motivate young people on the campus of Wesleyan to get involved in public service.