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Judge orders W.Va. gov’s coal companies to pay fines, fees

A federal judge in Kentucky has ordered companies owned by WV Governor to pay more than $1 million in fees .
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Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel accuses former CEO of fraud

Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors are asking a judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops.

Appeals court says EPA doesn’t have to count jobs impact

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not required to estimate the number of...
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Mining Death in Pike County

A release from the Energy and Environment Cabinet says that a 42-year-old coal miner was killed Thursday in an accident in an underground Pike County mine.

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.

Mining death in Harlan Co.

A 48-year-old miner was killed Friday in an accident at the Huff Creek No. 1 mine in Holmes Mill, Harlan County, Ky.
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Former State Representative sentenced to 7 Years for bribery

A former state representative and Pikeville coal operator, Wendell Keith Hall, has been sentenced to 7 years for bribing a state mine official.

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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Environmental group ending annual mountaintop mining protest

A Kentucky environmental group is ending an annual protest in Frankfort that called attention to a destructive surface mining practice known as mountaintop mining.

Kentucky coal death is nation’s 3rd fatal in new year

A coal miner in western Kentucky has died after being pinned against a wall by a mobile digging machine in an underground mine, the first coal mining death in the state this year and the third nationally.

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.
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Coal company announces layoffs in West Virginia, Virginia

Alpha Natural Resources continues to scale back its coal-mining operations.

July mine impact inspections result in 225 citations

Federal inspectors issued 225 citations and six orders at U.S. mine operations in July.

State officials to meet with FBI about former mine inspector

State officials have asked to meet with the FBI to determine the extent of a former mine inspector's falsified reports.

Appalachian Voices list of at-risk communities

Non-profit Appalachian Voices has released a list of the 10 communities at greatest risk from mountaintop mining coal operations in Central Appalachia.
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West Virginia to review mining-health research

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration will review studies linking mountaintop removal mining with health problems in nearby communities.

Fired Va. coal miners win case against mine owner

A federal judge is siding with about 100 miners who say they were fired without first receiving a federally required 60 day warning.

New federal mining rule survives court challenge

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.

Coal Counties Frustrated They’re Funding Rupp Renovations

The state is sending money from coal taxes to Lexington

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