More than 100,000 homes, businesses and hospitals in nine counties around Charleston, W. Va., are without water due to a chemical leak into the Elk River, which provides water for an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 people.
The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has found another mine with the same types of violations that caused 29 deaths last year.
"The company broke faith with its workers by frequently and knowingly violating the law and blatantly disregarding known safety practices."
Manchin's opponent, John Raese, a multi-millionaire (by inheritance), is an extremist Republican who would like to throw everything back to before child labor laws.
Former West Virginia Judge Eliott Maynard is enlisting Tea Party backing for his campaign to unseat miner-friendly Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall.