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West Virginians Honor Sen. Byrd, Remember all he did for them

CHARLESTON-- Hundreds of West Virginians gathered outside of the state Capitol Friday for a public memorial for the late Democratic Senator Robert C .Byrd, who died Monday at age 92.They came to pay their respects along with President Obama, former President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers.Byrd, who was first elected to the Senate in 1958, brought home billions of dollars in federal funding to his home state over the years, and his constituents were grateful.Wheeling, WVa. resident Brian Macaulay said he came to the memorial to “honor all of the hard work [Byrd] did for our state. He kept reminding Washington of the interests of West Virginia.”Chris Sforza of Charleston had a one word answer when asked what Byrd did for the state. “Roads,” she said.The Republican Mayor of Charleston agrees. Mayor Danny Jones said, “When he was elected to Congress, we had 4 miles of four-lane highways in the entire state of West Virginia, a...

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