The Associated Press starts the week with several items addressing various races in the Mountain State:
- AP's Tom Breen explores whether Democrats will have to cede West Virginia as well as Kentucky and "the Appalachian counties of key Electoral College states like Pennsylvania and Ohio" if Obama becomes their presidential nominee.
- Responding to concerns about coal's role in future U.S. energy policy, "U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-2nd) says creating a viable way to convert coal to liquid fuel has to be a cornerstone," AP reports. "The Republican congresswoman plans to announce new legislation Tuesday in Charleston aimed at promoting the development of such technology nationally."
- (Update): The Charleston Daily Mail contrasts Capito's position on drilling with that of Democratic challenger Anne Barth. "Capito is for drilling in northeastern Alaska for possible gas and oil resources," while Barth "opposes such an initiative," the newspaper reported.