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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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Anger in China’s coal country as miners feel left behind

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

JUNDESHAN, China (AP) — Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China has retreated from coal and heavy industry. Li Jiuxian, who hasn’t been ...

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Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

MOSCOW (AP) — A methane gas leak at a coal mine in Russia’s far north triggered three explosions that ignited fires and partially collapsed the mine, killing 36 people, officials said Sunday. The dead included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north ...

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Coal industry’s future gloomy

Rob Napier, a displaced coal miner, has an accent that is the audio equivalent to chummy handshake. His speech and phrases are folksy and polite, until he starts talking about what Washington and Charleston are doing to the coal industry. That is when politeness leaves the self-described “good Christian” and his ire comes out. “We’ve been screwed,” he said. After ...

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Laid-off miners learn new trade

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Kyle Lovern | Williamson Daily News Over the last couple of years, hundreds of coal miners have been laid off. There are not many jobs left in this industry. That was the problem facing Bill Hammond of Red Jacket, who had worked for Alpha Natural Resources for 23 years. The company has shut down several mines in Appalachia. “I was ...

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Call for funding to decrease backlog of coal miners’ benefits

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David Wilson, a retired coal miner from Greensboro, ran his finger along a highlighted sentence on a biopsy report of his lungs. The report said Mr. Wilson had pneumoconiosis, the medical term for black lung disease. Mr. Wilson began the application process for black lung benefits in October 2011 and underwent a lung transplant in February 2012. “On June 24 ...

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Crowded rails in U.S. coal country throw miners, utilities out of gear

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(Reuters) – Coal miners and power companies are both suffering as railroads struggle to clear a backlog of coal stuck in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana after the harshest winter in over a decade. The coal shortage is forcing utilities to burn more expensive natural gas and eroding profits for coal miners. Peabody Energy Corp’s first-quarter loss more than ...

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List of fatal mine disasters in recent years

The Associated Press A list of some recent fatal mine disasters around the world: — 2013: 83 workers are buried by a massive landslide at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet, east of Lhasa, according to Chinese state media. — 2012: At least 60 people dead after a landslide at a gold mine in a remote ...

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