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Prosperity could lead to change in West Virginia

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  • Police still searching for two suspects after an arrest is made in Summers County robberies

    Police still searching for two suspects after an arrest is made in Summers County robberies

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:56:27 GMT
    Two homes and two businesses in Summers county were taken by surprise early Sunday morning.
    Two homes and two businesses in Summers county were taken by surprise early Sunday morning.
  • Two killed in car accident in McDowell County

    Two killed in car accident in McDowell County

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:53:16 GMT
    Fatal Car Accident in McDowell CountyFatal Car Accident in McDowell County
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
  • Over 400 Without Power in Raleigh County

    Over 400 Without Power in Raleigh County

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:50:32 GMT
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.

I had the chance to go to Oceana over the weekend to talk to residents there about the documentary film Oxyana – a movie that depicts the Wyoming County community as a place ravaged by prescription drug abuse.

While there is no sugar-coating the addiction problem there or anywhere else in West Virginia, what I found were good, decent people forced to contend with a tragic lack of opportunity.

Our elected leaders seem to know what we're up against in this life or death battle and they've tried to address it, but nothing will go further or do more good than unleashing prosperity and giving our citizens a real shot at the American Dream.