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Clinton campaign blasts Blankenship for appearing near event

US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. (Image: World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is linking Donald Trump to a convicted coal executive who attended a protest at her West Virginia campaign stop. Clinton state campaign director Talley Sergent called Don Blankenship’s appearance Monday in Williamson “a pretty outrageous sight.” Protesters with Trump signs booed Clinton on Monday outside her Williamson campaign event, and Blankenship was spotted in ...

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Jury to decide contaminated wells case against coal company

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PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury will decide whether a coal company owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice contaminated the drinking water wells of residents in Wyoming County. According to local media outlets, the jury is scheduled to begin deliberations Thursday in the case against Justice-controlled companies Dynamic Energy Inc. and Mechel Bluestone Inc. Justice wasn’t personally ...

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Murray Energy continues fight against EPA’s emissions rules

Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants. St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday, challenging the EPA’s supplemental finding published earlier in the day. The U.S. Supreme ...

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Environmentalists sue for cleanup at bankrupt mine sites

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SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines. News outlets report that the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the WestChapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts on April 20. The plaintiffs accuse West Virginia of violating ...

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Prosecutors: Former coal chief to head to prison May 12

Ex-CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship. (Image: Rainforest Action Network via Flickr - Photo taken by Mannie Garcia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say former coal company executive Don Blankenship has to head to prison on May 12, pending an appeal. Prosecutors mentioned the ex-Massey Energy CEO’s date to surrender to federal custody in a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filing on Wednesday. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 to the maximum penalties of a year in prison ...

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West Virginia officials: State law hinders carbon compliance

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 2015 state law prohibits using the least harmful option to meet federal carbon pollution regulations at coal-fired power plants. In Thursday’s study, the Department of Environmental Protection said lawmakers should change the law to permit trading carbon allowances with other states and measuring emissions by mass, instead of by rate. A ...

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In new book, coal miners tell stories in their own words

Coal miners take a rest just past the manager's inscriptions. (Image: Mark Tighe via Flickr)

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — For decades, coal communities bustling with miners and their families filled the landscape of southern West Virginia. As the years have gone by, the industry has changed — machines replaced men, strikes, layoffs, closures, environmental and safety concerns hit hard — and today many of those communities exist in name only. But the feelings and emotions, ...

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West Virginia Democrats to face off in governor race debate

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first — and likely only — time, all three Democratic candidates for West Virginia governor will take the same debate stage. With the May 10 primary looming, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler will participate in Saturday’s hour-long forum. It’s a critical race for ...

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Ex-coal chief asks higher court to stay free pending appeal

Ex-CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship. (Image: Rainforest Action Network via Flickr - Photo taken by Mannie Garcia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company executive is asking an appeals court if he can remain free while appealing a case that dealt him a prison sentence. Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let him remain free on $1 million bond, pending appeal. Otherwise, Blankenship’s attorneys say he ...

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While appealing year of prison, ex-coal CEO pays $250k fine

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) — While he appeals a decision that served him a one-year prison sentence, former coal company executive Don Blankenship has paid his $250,000 fine. According to a U.S. District Court filing, the wealthy ex-Massey Energy CEO paid the fine in Charleston on Friday, plus a $25 court fee. Blankenship was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum prison time ...

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