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Making State Toxic Hell

January 29, 2014
By CHARLES ROGERSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

At an academic conference I attended last fall, one of the presenters wondered how West Virginia, with its abundance of mineral wealth, remained one of the poorest, most backward states in the nation. He contrasted us with Saudi Arabia, where abundant oil reserves have made it one of the richest countries in the world.

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