Once again, the "war on coal" is a local issue in the statewide U.S. Senate campaign.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Moore Capito Monday visited the Pleasants Power Station, highlighting the jobs depending on coal-fired power plants.
A neighboring plant at Willow Island closed two years ago, but the Pleasants station had millions of dollars in emissions-related upgrades seven years ago.
"The energy generation at this FirstEnergy plant...200 jobs, thousands of tons of coal burned every day. We need a future to power up America, and power up our state, keep West Virginians working, and that's what my tour's all about," says Congresswoman Capito.
She faces secretary of state Natalie Tennant this fall for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by long-time Senator Jay Rockefeller.
The second district congresswoman also was in New Martinsville Monday morning, visiting a local gun shop in support of the second amendment.