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Mine closings another sign that WV needs economic diversity

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  • UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.

On Tuesday, Alpha Natural Resources announced it's cutting production, eliminating 1,200 jobs and closing of a number of mines in West Virginia.

This is a tough blow to our state and we want the best for those affected by this decision, but this is just one more wake up call for our elected leaders that we need to make  this state a place that welcomes investment.

Coal, by itself, can no longer keep us afloat. We can either play the blame game and stay stuck in the past, or we can create a environment where all businesses thrive and give the people of this state a real shot at prosperity.