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Fiscal hard-times should be a call to action for WV politicians

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  • Firefighters fight blaze in Oak Hill, WV

    Firefighters fight blaze in Oak Hill, WV

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:25:18 GMT
    A home went up in flames on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, bringing out firefighters from three departments. Crews from Fayetteville, Mount Hope and Oak Hill Fire Departments were sent to the scene at around 9:30 a.m. Officials report that there are no injuries in connection with the fire. There is no word on whether or not anyone lived at the home. 59News has a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.
    A home went up in flames on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, bringing out firefighters from three departments. Crews from Fayetteville, Mount Hope and Oak Hill Fire Departments were sent to the scene at around 9:30 a.m. Officials report that there are no injuries in connection with the fire. There is no word on whether or not anyone lived at the home. 59News has a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.
  • Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:04:51 GMT
    Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
  • Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:12 GMT
    Police patrolling the roads this Labor DayPolice patrolling the roads this Labor Day
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.

The coal industry, which has long been a major employer across southern West Virginia and the entire Mountain State, has fallen on some hard times.

Just this week, we got more bad news about more mines closing.  We can either sit back and lament what's happening, or our elected leaders – the people who have the power to truly open our economy – can act to give our people a real and lasting shot at prosperity.