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Miners in Pike County block coal train over missed paychecks

Miners in Eastern Kentucky are blocking a train loaded with coal because they say they haven't been paid for their work.

McConnell touts benefits to Kentucky in spending package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is touting the benefits for Kentucky in the recent government spending bill signed into law last week.
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Vote expected in Congress to protect coal miners’ pensions

Congress is expected to vote before the end of the year on legislation that would protect coal miners' pension benefits, according to Senator Mitch McConnell.

Report says black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions

A report from a national watchdog group says a cut to the tax that coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers billions.
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Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators.

Attorney: Blackjewel miners to receive back pay this week

Coal miners who blocked train tracks in Kentucky demanding to get paid for the coal they mined will benefit from a federal deal.

Blackjewel miners in Leslie County to receive donation Thursday

Out-of-work Blackjewel coal miners in Leslie County will receive a financial donation Thursday to help them pay bills.

McGrath campaign silent on response to miners’ ad complaint

Democrat Amy McGrath's Senate campaign has missed a deadline set by an attorney seeking a reply to demands from two retired coal miners that their images be removed from an ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Hearing ordered as miners protest by blocking coal trains

Miners have camped out on train tracks and blocked coal trains in Harlan County.

Pre-filed bill would make sure coal companies are bonded

Two eastern Kentucky lawmakers are pre-filing a bill to close a loophole in an existing state law designed to protect coal miners' wages.

Lexington-based coal company holding job fair Thursday

Blackhawk Mining, LLC is hosting a job fair Thursday as it looks for experienced underground coal miners.

Four truckloads of supplies arrive for out-of-work miners

Four truckloads full of love and generosity arrived at the Harlan Center on Tuesday for out-of-work Blackjewel coal miners.
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Department of Labor asks court to keep Blackjewel coal in Harlan County

The Department of Labor on Monday asked the bankruptcy court to order the halt of any Blackjewel coal out of Harlan County.

State treasurer working to help out-of-work Blackjewel miners

Kentucky's treasurer is expediting all unclaimed property claims from Harlan County in an effort to help those affected by the Blackjewel mining bankruptcy.

Blackjewel miners in Letcher County to receive donated money

Money donated for out-of-work Blackjewel coal miners who live in Letcher County will soon be distributed, according to county officials.
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Job fair for out-of-work Blackjewel miners postponed

A job fair for out-of-work Blackjewel coal miners, scheduled for Thursday, August 1 in Harlan County has been postponed indefinitely.

Supply giveaway for out-of-work Blackjewel miners August 13

Staff at the Christian Appalachian Project, in cooperation with other organizations, will giveaway free supplies to out-of-work Blackjewel coal miners on August 13 at the Harlan Convention Center.
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Blackjewel miners block train full of coal saying no pay, we stay

A bankrupt coal operator is telling employees that it's working to resolve bankruptcy issues "as quickly as possible."

Kentucky coal company files for bankruptcy

A Lexington-based coal company with mines in Kentucky and West Virginia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but says its employees and customers won't be affected.
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Retired miners rally over pensions in Washington

Dozens of retired coal miners visited lawmakers in Washington to call for legislative action to preserve the pensions of about 87,000 retirees and another 20,000 working miners.

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