Senate hopeful Blankenship schedules another town hall event

FILE - In a Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, left, walks out of the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse after the jury deliberated for a fifth full day in his trial, in Charleston, W. Va. Blankenship is finishing up his one-year federal prison sentence related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website, Blankenship is set to be released Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from a halfway house in Phoenix. He must serve one year of supervised release. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Don Blankenship has scheduled another town hall-style meeting as the former coal company CEO who spent time in prison continues his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Blankenship’s campaign says he will meet with voters on Thursday in Beckley at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
Blankenship will give brief remarks and then answer questions from the audience.
The former Massey Energy executive drew more than 100 supporters who clapped heartily for him at a town hall-style event last week in Logan.
Blankenship served a one-year prison term on charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades. At last week’s campaign event, he tried to persuade a largely working-class audience that he identifies with them.