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Manchin to make Senate appointment by Friday

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Earlier today, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin released special session legislation which will clarify the state code on the succession process for the vacant senate seat left due to the passing of longtime Senator Robert Byrd.

Aides say Manchin will call the Legislature into special session to consider the legislation starting noon Thursday, July 15. The governor is expected to make an appointment, to fill the senate seat temporarily, by 5 p.m. this Friday.

An aide to the governor says, "This bill would merely clarify the state code so that there is no question that we could have a special primary and special general election."