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    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:00:32 GMT
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
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    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
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    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.
    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.
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  • Political gains are wasted if health changes don't happen

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    Friday, September 12 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-09-12 12:00:30 GMT
    West Virginia is the most obese state in the world's most obese nation, according to an annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.
    West Virginia is the most obese state in the world's most obese nation, according to an annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.
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    Big announcements should spur positive action

    Friday, September 5 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-09-05 13:50:45 GMT
    Our state's natural gas industry is growing in amazing ways. Just this week, it was announced that Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Co. and AGL Resources are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with natural gas supplies from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
    Our state's natural gas industry is growing in amazing ways. Just this week, it was announced that Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Co. and AGL Resources are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with natural gas supplies from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
  • Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:00:23 GMT
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.

Small businesses are the backbone of not only our financial system, but also our communities.

Small business leaders offer employment opportunities and sustainable, bona fide local investment. They support community efforts in countless ways — from sponsoring the local little league team to generous donations many of us might not ever learn about, these men and women contribute. Small businesses also represent an unshakable tenant of our nation’s promise: hard work, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit can help anyone build a better life. It’s this promise that leads a worker to leave a job to become his own boss, propels a basement inventor to take her product to the marketplace or inspires an amateur chef to open a restaurant.

Starting a business anywhere is certainly not easy, but in West Virginia, this is an especially challenging task. In so many other parts of the country, working hard, being innovative and finding new and exciting ways to separate yourself from the competition often brings success. You have to wonder how true that is in West Virginia. Long hours, sacrifices both big and small and an eye toward tomorrow are no guarantee of anything. But in our state, even those much-needed and necessary qualities often mean little.

In the face of all that, there are those who press on, determined to carve out their pieces of the American dream right here in the Mountain State. This week, we join the U.S. Small Business Administration in honoring the brave ones, the risk takers, the dreamers — those who saw an opportunity and had the courage to take it. We honor their resolve, their spirit and their willingness to do something more. They put aside their fears and trepidations and, quite simply, went for it.

Our hope is that our elected leaders will be inspired by these men and women and see to it that others not only have the same chance, but also when the next generation of visionaries summons the fortitude to pursue their dream, they’ll do so in a state that has a tax code that encourages growth and investment, ensures that fairness, not politics, takes precedence in its courts and offers a world-class education that prepares students of every age for life in the 21st Century. This state has more potential that we could ever imagine, and we salute those who may see what others may not. We salute those small business owners who are truly working every day for a better West Virginia.