Rep. Nick Rahall

11:38 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tennant Outlines Plan for Senate, Recapping the 3rd Congressional District Debate

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant outlines her plan for West Virginia if elected to become the state's next U.S. Senator. 

We profile the Constitution Party's candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Hudok. 

Also, Jonathan Mattise of the Associated Press and Ben Fields of the Herald-Dispatch recap a debate between Rep. Nick Rahall and state Senator Evan Jenkins as they battle it out for the 3rd Congressional District.

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Election 2014
11:27 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rahall Outspends Jenkins More Than 2-to-1

  Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall spent $1.2 million last quarter for his tough re-election bid, more than double what GOP opponent Evan Jenkins spent.

As political ads flooded the airwaves in the race, Jenkins spent $542,800 last quarter.

Seeking his 20th term, Rahall raised $487,200 from July through September and had $381,700 cash left. Jenkins, a state senator, raised $307,200 and had $461,400 in his campaign account.

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9:24 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Grants to Help Homeless Veterans in West Virginia

Credit West Virginia Department of Veterans Assisstance

  More than $2.6 million in federal funding has been approved to help homeless military veterans and their families in West Virginia.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding Monday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The program will provide outreach, case management and assistance in obtaining VA and other public benefits. It also will provide rental, utility and moving assistance.

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11:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Could Highway Funding Fight Halt W.Va. Road Construction?

Funding for a four-lane upgrade to W.Va. 10 and other routes is endangered by the political stalemate in Washington.
Credit Chapman Technical Group

How does the fight over highway funding in Washington affect people living in rural West Virginia?

The PBS NewsHour recently traveled to Logan County to show how the funding fight could bring construction on a four-lane upgrade of W.Va. 10 to a halt.

It's also become a political issue in the Third District Congressional Race, with Rep. Nick Rahall touting his seniority and ability to bring home highway funds, and challenger state Sen. Evan Jenkins vowing not to raise gas taxes to fund highways.

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Election 2014
6:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Millions in Outside Cash Pours into Rahall-Jenkins Race


Four months from Election Day, outside liberal and conservative groups have already spent about $3.3 million in ads blasting U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and his Republican opponent Evan Jenkins.

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Federal Funding
2:53 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

W.Va. Community Health System Awarded Grant

Credit Valley Health Systems

  A Huntington-based community health system has received more than $5 million in federal funding to increase access to health care in underserved areas.

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall says the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the grant to Valley Health Systems through the Health Center Cluster Program. The program provides grants to community health centers that serve underserved, rural areas.

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West Virginia Morning
8:02 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Possible Airline Fee Changes, Grafton Cleans Up, and English is More than a Language


A bill in the House of Representatives says it will make airline taxes and fees clearer, but lobbyists say it'll prevent consumers from finding competitive flight prices. Grafton cleans up the downtown as part of the 'Turn This Town Around' project, and international students at Marshall University are taking a course on the ins and outs of the English language outside of the classroom.

Airline Fees
6:57 am
Mon May 12, 2014

House Bill Co-Sponsored by Rahall, Capito Could Completely Change the Way You Travel

Credit Simone Ramella /

Booking tickets with airlines rarely ever seems to be an enjoyable process. A bill in the House of Representatives would change that, but whether it’ll make it better or worse depends on who you ask.

The debate is over HR 4156, which has made it through its single committee reference and is expected to receive a vote by the full chamber in the coming weeks.

The bill is just four pages long, but don’t let that fool you. If passed, it could completely change the way you purchase airline tickets.

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10:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rahall Convenes Meeting on W.Va. Drug Problems


  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state's prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

The event is being held Tuesday in Atlanta in conjunction with a national drug abuse summit.

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Campaign Finance
11:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Rahall Raises $324K in W.Va.'s 3rd District; Jenkins, $194K

Congressman Nick Rahall (left) and State Senator Evan Jenkins are running for the U.S. House seat for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall raised almost $324,000 last quarter for his contested re-election bid, while GOP challenger Evan Jenkins banked about $193,500.
Federal Election Commission reports say Rahall has about $1.1 million in his campaign account after the January-through-March fundraising period. Jenkins has about $512,000 cash on hand.

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Bad Water
1:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

State, Federal Reps. Respond to Wyoming Co. Water Woes

Congressmand Nick J. Rahall (left) visited Virginia Lusk (right) and Herndon Consolidated to find out more about the water issues.

Congressman Nick Joe Rahall is looking into the water situation in Alpoca/Bud in Wyoming County.

The long-term fix, known as the Covel project, will bring a new transmission main to serve the Bud/Alpoca area. The Eastern Wyoming Public Service District (PSD), in partnership with the Wyoming County Commission, has taken steps to repair the existing water system.

The Covel project has nearly a $5.7 million price tag, all of which – except for $125,000 – is Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding.

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Chemical Leak
12:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Audio: Congressional Hearing on Elk River Chemical Spill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Monday morning in Charleston to learn more about the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River that left 300,000 people banned from using tap water for up to 10 days.

The witness list included the president of West Virginia American Water, state health, homeland security and environmental officials, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and county emergency and homeland security officials.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern was invited but did not attend.

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Drug Abuse
3:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Wyoming Co. Added to Federal Drug Traffic Area

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.)

Another county in Southern West Virginia is now recognized as a high drug trafficking area. Congressman Nick Rahall announced the federal label today. The title means the County is eligible to receive additional Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.

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4:14 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Pipeline safety funding announced

A natural gas pipeline explosion occurred in Sissonville, W.Va. on December 11, 2012. The explosion caused damage to multiple homes and charred 800 feet of roadway along Interstate 77. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Credit Joe Long / AP

Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, along with Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia.  

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Federal Shutdown
11:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

W.Va. delegation weighs in on shutdown's effect on miners' safety

U.S. Capitol
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the shutdown’s
effect on mine safety. Approximately 1,400 of MSHA’s 2,355 employees are
furloughed during the government shutdown. Three miners were killed
on three consecutive days this past weekend, including one from West

In his remarks Thursday from the House floor, Congressman Nick Rahall
urged his colleagues to “abandon this ridiculous political showdown that
is undercutting the safety in our mines, our industrial facilities, our
food chain, and so much more.”

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