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Coronavirus accelerates decline of slumping coal industry

Lockdowns have shut off lights in offices and schools, sapping demand for electricity provided by coal-fired power plants.

UPDATE: Pikeville miners end train track protest after receiving pay

Miners who were blocking a coal train while waiting on money they said Quest Energy owed them have been paid and have moved from the tracks.

Benefits Fair to be held for laid-off miners in Perry County

Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program announced it will host a Benefits Fair for laid-off miners to file claims and find a new career.

Heritage Baptist Church collecting toys for children of Harlan miners

Toy donations for children of out-of-work Harlan County coal miners can be dropped off at the Walmart in Hamburg in Lexington on Saturday.

Coal miners blocking coal shipment end protest

A group of Harlan County miners blocking a coal shipment from Blackjewel ended their protest Thursday.

Labor Cabinet requesting bond payment from coal companies

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has sent letters to coal and construction companies that might be in violation of a state law that requires a bond to cover employee wages.

Blackjewel miners to receive financial assistance

The Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation announced a $492,000 gift to Blackjewel miners

Auction set for bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel’s assets

An auction is set for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC that could result in putting miners back to work.

Miners to advocate for money for black lung trust fund

As black lung disease surges in Appalachia, some coal miners are going to Washington, D.C., to lobby for restoration of a tax that coal companies pay to a trust fund to help former workers with the illness.

GoFundMe account set up to support miners after Blackjewel closure

Harlan County Community Action says it set up the GoFundMe account to directly help miners and their families meet immediate needs.

Federal black lung fund in danger of drying up

Inaction by Congress and the Trump administration is threatening a fund that supports coal miners suffering from black lung disease.

Jury awards $67M to ex-miners who used defective dust masks

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky jury has awarded two former coal miners who filed a civil lawsuit claiming defective dust masks led to...

Kentucky coal mine death blamed on safety lapses

Federal regulators say an accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt didn't have adequate safety guards.

Tech companies look to reinvent eastern Kentucky workforce

A Louisville-based software company says it is expanding its training program for eastern Kentucky students in regions hit hard by the loss of coal jobs.

Coal Miners Worry Obamacare Repeal Could Mean Loss of Benefits

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WTVQ/CNN) - Coal miners in Eastern Kentucky are concerned that President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare may mean they'll lose black...

Bill to shield retired miners divides coal-state Republicans

An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans.

Federal agency offering millions to retrain Ky. coal miners

The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky.

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

An unwelcome reception in Appalachia underscores a striking political shift for Hillary Clinton, who along with Bill Clinton has long staked their electoral fortunes on the support of working class white voters.

1979 photos of miners’ lives, working conditions displayed

The University of Louisville is displaying a collection of black-and-white photographs that were taken nearly 40 years ago to document the living and working conditions of coal miners.

Teams from 3 states compete in mine safety, rescue event

Teams of miners from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky tested their safety and rescue skills in a two-day competition held this week in Harrisburg.

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