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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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Gas company: Gas mains didn’t cause explosion in Ohio

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Gas company officials say their natural gas mains and service lines didn’t cause an explosion at a Reynoldsburg apartment complex. Columbia Gas of Ohio says in a statement Friday that it did a thorough investigation of the complex and determined the gas main and service lines serving it are safe. Thursday night’s blast destroyed a maintenance ...

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Murray Energy strikes 5-year agreement with coal miner union

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — America’s largest coal-mining company says it’s reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners. Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia. The union plans a membership vote next week on the contract, ...

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Democratic energy lawyer tapped as Ohio utility regulator

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic attorney with expertise in energy law has been chosen to fill a vacancy on Ohio’s utility regulatory board. M. Howard Petricoff was named Thursday to a term at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that ends April 10, 2020. Republican Gov. John Kasich selected Petricoff from among 19 applicants for the vacancy created by ...

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Ohio gas prices drop from previous week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices have fallen in the past week, but remain higher than they were this time a month ago. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.50 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down about 18 cents from a week ago but about 10 cents ...

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Cincinnati opposing proposed natural gas pipeline

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BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — Cincinnati is opposing proposals to build a 12-mile natural gas pipeline that would replace an existing line that has been in place since the 1950s. Duke Energy met with residents in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday to answer questions about the company’s pipeline proposals in Hamilton County. The energy company says a study found the existing ...

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Gas prices spiking in Ohio as summer road trip season begins

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists surely have noticed that the cheap gas prices from earlier this year are now but a distant memory. Pump prices are on the rise, thanks to a confluence of factors that include refinery issues, pipeline delivery disruptions and higher crude oil prices, according to the auto club AAA. As a result, average gas prices ...

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Gas prices tracking up as summer travel season gets begins

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are tracking up as the summer travel season gets underway. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.60 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up about 12 cents from a week ago, and 38 cents from a month ago. It’s also higher than ...

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Coal miners PAC backs Portman over Strickland for US Senate

In this file photo, Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) speaks during a ceremony in which President George W. Bush nominated him to be the next U.S. Trade Representative during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room Thursday, March 17, 2005. (Image courtesy of White House)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coal miners’ union influential in Appalachian Ohio is backing Republican Rob Portman over rival Ted Strickland in the closely watched contest for U.S. Senate. The announcement Thursday by the United Mine Workers of America’s National Council of Coal Miners PAC comes as a political blow to Strickland. The Democrat is a former governor and congressman ...

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