Internet Site Offers Tributes To W.Va. Sen. Byrd

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Fans of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd have another way to make their feelings known.

Supporters of history's longest-serving U.S. Senator can post thank-yous and other comments on a new web site.

A fellow West Virginia democratic politician, state sen. Mike Oliverio of Monongalia County, set up the online tribute.

The 46-year-old Oliverio says Byrd inspired his generation to a life of selfless public service.

Byrd is renowned for securing federal funds for West Virginia.

The recently retired chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee has been both credited and criticized for earmarking an estimated $2.5 billion this decade alone.

Byrd turns 92 next month, and was briefly hospitalized in September following a fall at home.

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