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Truck filled with explosives catches fire in Lexington

A truck filled with explosives caught fire at Vulcan Material quarry off Manchester Street around 2 p.m.
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Coal operator plans to idle western Kentucky mine

A coal operator says it expects to idle a western Kentucky mine later this year.
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States cut safety checks as coal dwindles, upsetting critics

Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners' safety habits.
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West Virginia miner killed; state investigating

Authorities say a 32-year-old miner has been killed at a mine in southern West Virginia.
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Federal mine safety agency warns about miners working alone

Federal mine safety officials are warning mine operators about several on-the-job deaths this year of miners who were working alone.
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Legislature OKs bill to reduce coal mine inspections

Kentucky lawmakers have agreed to loosen inspection requirements for underground coal mines.
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Mine maintenance chief charged with falsifying record

Authorities say the maintenance chief at a western Kentucky coal mine has been indicted on charges of falsifying a safety record and lying to federal inspectors.
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Museum’s mine tours draw thousands of visitors yearly

Tours of a replica coal mine at a museum in western Kentucky are attracting thousands of visitors each year.
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After emerging from bankruptcy, Alpha Resources sells mine

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources has sold some of its eastern Kentucky coal property to a Texas company.
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Alpha Natural Resources to close last Kentucky mine

An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November.
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Despite warning, Murray Energy says no layoffs expected

The CEO of coal giant Murray Energy said Thursday that company officials are doing their best to avoid the layoffs that 4,400 workers in six states were warned about in precautionary notices last month.
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Sediment leaks into creek from Harlan County coal mine

State regulators have shut down operations at a Harlan County coal mine after sediment leaked into a creek.
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Proposals sought to attract jobs, industry to Appalachia

Kentucky officials are seeking proposals from local leaders for projects that will attract new industry and more jobs to Appalachia.
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Students to plant trees at mining site to observe Arbor Day

Students at some eastern Kentucky schools will plant trees at a mine site next week in observance of Arbor Day.
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Open house planned for opening of Mine Training Facility

The Kentucky Coal Academy is planning an event next month to mark the opening of its new Mine Training Facility in southeastern Kentucky.
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McConnell to host former coal miner at State of the Union Address

A 4th-generation coal miner, Howard Abshire of Pike County, will be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's guest at the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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Mine guards to get final paychecks after more than a year

More than a year after they last worked for a Frasure Creek Mine contractor in Oak Hill, about 40 mine security guards are set to soon receive their final paycheck.
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Court: Mine-safety laws didn’t apply to subcontract worker

Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that state mine-safety laws and regulations did not apply to a subcontract worker who died while installing a massive garage door on a mine-site building in Muhlenberg County.

Kentucky mine rescue team member wins national competition

A member of the Kentucky Coal Academy Mine Rescue team has taken a top award at a national coal mine rescue competition.
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Mine rescue teams from around US competing in Kentucky

Mine rescue teams from 12 states are in Lexington for a competition that helps train first responders in deadly situations underground.

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