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Coal mine electrician dies in accident at West Virginia mine

Sep. 17, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Steven Vernon Keeney of Sylvester died of injuries from an apparent electrical shock. The accident happened at 12:18 a.m....

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked. Then mine...

Attorney 'disappointed' he hasn't heard from McGrath over ad

Sep. 6, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath's Senate campaign missed a Friday deadline set by an attorney seeking a reply to demands from two retired Kentucky coal miners that their images be removed from a campaign ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath's campaign said both men signed...

Kentucky coal miner dies in accident

Sep. 6, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal miner has died from injuries suffered in an accident at a western Kentucky mine. A statement from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 39-year-old Jeremy Elder of Providence died Thursday from critical injuries in a vehicle accident that occurred inside the...

Union head: Climate plans must accommodate coal workers

Sep. 4, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates seeking to address climate change must account for thousands of coal workers whose jobs are at risk because of mine closures and competition from cheaper natural gas, the head of the largest coal miners' union said Wednesday. Cecil Roberts, president of...

Official: Kentucky Cabinet fails to secure coal worker bonds

Aug. 29, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The state's Labor Cabinet hasn't secured the necessary bonds from coal companies that would cover wage payments to miners if their employer unexpectedly shuts down, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said. Beshear, a Democrat running for governor, announced on Thursday that his...

India liberalizes foreign direct investment to boost economy

Aug. 28, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India decided Wednesday to liberalize foreign direct investment in domestic manufacturing, coal mining and digital media, and also allow single-brand retailers to start online sales to infuse capital into the country and boost its economy. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said...

Germany to spend up to $44 billion to cushion coal exit

Aug. 28, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to spend up to 40 billion euros ($44.4 billion) by 2038 to cushion the impact of abandoning coal on mining regions. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said funds will start flowing once parliament has passed separate legislation setting out the...

Mine visit an effort by WVU's Brown to connect with fans

Aug. 27, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One of Neal Brown's priorities during his first fall camp at West Virginia was to learn more about the Mountaineers' fanbase, so the new coach took his team to a working coal mine. Brown took three busloads of players and coaches earlier this month to Arch Coal's Leer Mining...