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West Virginians at State of the Union concerned about miner pensions, drug crisis


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Retired Wheeling coal miner Denny Pickens fears miners pension plans are in jeopardy, and he wants Washington, D.C. leaders to do something about it.

Likewise, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader said issues associated with opioid addiction continue to grow in her city, and communities across West Virginia are in need of more federal funding to fight the blight caused by opioids.

Both Pickens and Rader attended President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech Tuesday night in Washington — with Pickens the guest of Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.; and Rader, invited by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

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