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W.Va. gov: Byrd seat to remain vacant for now

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin doesn't
expect to start searching for a successor to U.S. Sen. Robert C.
Byrd until after the longest-serving senator in history is laid to
rest next week.
Manchin says he's instead focused on comforting Byrd's family
and staff, and preparing the West Virginia memorial scheduled for
Friday for the iconic figure who died Monday at 92 after years of
frail health.
Byrd will be interred next Tuesday alongside his wife of nearly
69 years, Erma, in Arlington, Va. A grandson is also buried at the
cemetery near the senator's Beltway residence. The governor says he
and First Lady Gayle Manchin plan to attend.

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