West Virginia congressional leaders comment on Boston bombings - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

West Virginia congressional leaders comment on Boston bombings

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:54:05 GMT
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
  • Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 minersAlpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...

The Boston bombings that killed three people and injured more than 100 others on Monday, April 15 are now being called an "act of terror" by President Obama and FBI officials.  Like the Sept. 11 attacks, the terror attack has united the nation.

On Tuesday, April 16 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags to be flown at half staff.  The order is in accordance with a Presidential proclamation and is being done to honor the victims of the Boston bombings and in support of the people of Boston.  The flags will remain at half-staff until Saturday, April 20.

"Joanne and I continue to pray for the victims and families affected by this act of terror," said Tomblin.  " I ask all West Virginians to keep them in their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."

West Virginia's congressional leaders also made their thoughts about the attack known in news releases.

"The cowardly and senseless attack in Boston strikes at our Nation's heart and spirit as embodied by the marathon – an event that welcomes all comers from all walks of life and challenges them to be their best," said Congressman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.  "But the aftermath, in which countless individuals risked their lives to save others, has provided the people of Boston and all of us with assurances that good and right will ultimately prevail. Let us take comfort and find purpose in knowing that the full resources of our Nation will be devoted to finding the perpetrators of this attack and ensuring that justice is done."

From the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Joe Manchin released the following statement on the explosions that rocked Boston.

"I'm deeply saddened about the explosions today during the Boston marathon," said Rockefeller. "Sharon's and my thoughts and prayers are with the runners, volunteers, spectators, and their families and friends.  While all the details of the explosions are not yet available, we can be clear that this was an absolutely senseless act, and those behind it will be brought to justice.  In the face of such fright, we know that our nation once again comes together to support those in need – whether for those who lost a family member or friend, for those who are injured, or for those in shock from this terrible event.  We will always stand together."

"Gayle and I join all West Virginians and Americans in praying for the victims of the horrific explosions in Boston. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boston community, Massachusetts and our nation as we cope with the terrifying incidents at the Boston Marathon," said Manchin. "Once again, in the midst of chaos in an American city, we saw heroism from our brave first responders and volunteers. We don't know all the details yet, but it appears this was a senseless act of violence aimed at innocent people who come from all over the world, including dozens from West Virginia, for this special sporting event. We cannot allow cowardice to go unchallenged. We will not allow it to go unpunished."