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On this week's episode of Decision Makers, Bray sits down with Bill Raney, President of the WV Coal Association.  Raney and Bray talk about changes in the coal industry, stemming from CONSOL announcing it sold its WV mines.

Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, talks with Bray about the school and how they reach out to their community.  Dean Easton tells Bray about the PharmUC program and how it is helping out the area.  Bray also talks to two professors from the UC's School of Pharmacy.

The Director of the WV State Budget Office, Mike McKown, stops by to talk about West Virginia's state budget.  McKown gives Bray his analysis of the state's budget and how it might look in the future.

Sen. Bill Cole and Sen. Mitch Carmichael talk with Bray about the state's budget.  Senators Cole and Carmichael talk about how they would help grow the state's economy.  They also talk about the Washington Post's story on West Virginia's politics.