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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

Mountain top removal coal mine in West Virginia. (Image: Dennis Dimick via Flickr)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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West Virginia coal miner dies from injuries in ignition

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a coal miner has died from injuries during an accident last week. The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Donald Workman died Thursday evening of injuries sustained in a July 29 accident at Road Fork #51 Spartan Mine in Pineville. The Gilbert resident was 58 years old. Officials say ...

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Lower coal dust limit takes effect Monday in black lung push

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal mines nationwide are facing a more stringent limit on dust samples in an effort to reduce miners’ exposure to particles that can cause deadly black lung disease. On Monday, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is dropping the allowable respirable dust level from 2 milligrams per cubic meter to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter ...

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West Virginia editorial roundup

West Virginia State capitol building in Charleston. (Image: Noel Benadom via Flickr)

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ____ July 18 The Herald-Dispatch on an anti-drug law: Lawmakers in Washington are exclaiming they took major action this week to combat the opioid drug abuse problem plaguing the nation, but they haven’t earned a hearty slap on the back just yet. They may have taken a step toward a meaningful response to the ...

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Coal groups worried about executive liability in ex-CEO case

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal industry groups are concerned that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges. Coal Associations from Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia shared concerns in a brief Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering Blankenship’s appeal. Blankenship is serving a one-year sentence ...

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The Latest: Thousands remain without power in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local): 11:30 a.m. About 18,000 customers remain without electricity in West Virginia three days after devastating floods. Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 13,000 customers were without service Sunday, including nearly 4,700 in Kanawha County where a substation had been under ...

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Man is missing in mine where 2010 blast killed 29 miners

In this file photo, coal miners take a rest just past the manager's inscriptions. (Image: Mark Tighe via Flickr)

WHITESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been reported missing after authorities say he went to steal copper from a shuttered West Virginia mine that had been the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners. West Virginia State Police said in a statement that David Lee Adkins’ wife reported him missing Tuesday. She told authorities her husband ...

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West Virginia editorial roundup


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: June 7 – The Charleston Daily Main on growing crops: What can people in West Virginia do to make the state more economically productive and diverse, particularly to overcome the loss of many of its traditional big money industries? How about agriculture? A crazy idea considering the rugged terrain of much ...

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Feds send $4.3 million to West Virginia for displaced miners

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal labor officials say another $4.3 million is heading into West Virginia to help out-of-work coal miners. A U.S. Department of Labor news release Tuesday says the National Dislocated Worker Grant money will go to WorkForce West Virginia. The release says West Virginia has previously received $10.7 million combined since 2012 through the grant program. It ...

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Aerospace education center employs displaced workers

This May 26, 2016, photo shows Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center students Brandon Wellman and Emily Way working on an airplane at the facility in Bridgeport, W.Va. (LISA TROSHINSKY/THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM/AP)

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Displaced Bridgeport-area workers are finding a second career, and the area’s economy is benefiting with the help of the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, which is a part of the Pierpont Community & Technical College. Graduates of the center obtain jobs at local companies like Aurora Flight Sciences, which builds components for military and ...

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