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DNR wants to raise mining fees, require more detailed plans

Oct. 26, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mining applicants would have to pay more for permits and licenses, supply more detailed plans to state regulators, and work around a new list of areas deemed off-limits under regulations the state Department of Natural Resources is developing. The DNR has proposed new permanent...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, file photo, Robert Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., speaks during an interview with an Associated Press reporter in his office at the Crandall Canyon Mine, in Huntington, Utah. Murray died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement as board chairman of a major U.S. coal operator. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Coal magnate Robert Murray dies; he long fought regulators

Oct. 26, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Robert Murray, the board chairman of the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator, who long fought federal regulations to reduce black lung disease, died at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement, a lawyer said. Michael Shaheen, an attorney who had...

Steel producer starts construction on Kentucky plant

Oct. 26, 2020 3:58 AM EDT

BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) — Steel producer Nucor Corp. has broken ground as construction begins on its new $1.7 billion manufacturing mill in Kentucky. The plant in Meade County is expected to create 400 full-time jobs when steel plate production begins in 2022, with average annual compensation of $72,000. ...

US housing officials investigate General Iron's Chicago move

Oct. 24, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal housing officials are investigating why the city of Chicago is allowing a chronic polluter company to move its operation from a wealthy, largely white neighborhood to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood. The Ohio-based company that bought General Iron Industries —...

Alyse Galvin, an independent running for U.S. House from Alaska, appears during a debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is facing incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican, in the general election. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media via AP, Pool)

Galvin, Young accuse each of other of lying during debate

Oct. 23, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The debate between the candidates for Alaska’s sole seat in Congress became contentious Thursday, with challenger Alyse Galvin saying she’s tired of U.S. Rep. Don Young misrepresenting her position on issues. “I’m so tired of the lies that have been said...

Wyoming coal company to shrink thermal coal operations

Oct. 22, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A coal firm in Wyoming has announced plans to shrink thermal coal operations by about 50%, shifting toward metallurgical coal and steel production. Arch Resources Inc. announced Thursday during an investor meeting that its Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in the Powder River Basin...

Military personnel inspect the site of a landslide at a coal mine in Muara Enim, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Intense rains caused a landslide at the mine that killed a number of miners, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo)

Heavy rain causes landslide in Indonesia, killing 11 miners

Oct. 22, 2020 4:43 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Indonesia's Sumatra island that killed 11 miners, authorities said Thursday. The slide occurred Wednesday in a mine tunnel about 20 meters (65 feet) deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province,...

Republican April Becker campaigns for the Nevada state senate from a converted ice cream truck Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. Becker is running against incumbent state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democrats eye supermajority in battleground statehouse races

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two years after riding a blue wave to historic heights, Nevada Democrats are hoping to tighten their grips on the reins of power in the Legislature. As the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn show few signs of slowing, the election will determine the balance of power when the...

Utah senator: Public can stay home to avoid police dog bites

Oct. 21, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah senator made clear he has little patience for complaints about police dogs during a meeting of the state Legislature's law enforcement and criminal justice committee. The committee voted Tuesday to explore a bill to codify best practices for police dog teams, The Salt Lake...

Robert Murray, center, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., smiles while talking to Dave Canning, left, and Mike Glassom, right, two miners in charge of drilling bore holes into the Crandall Canyon Mine, before a news conference northwest of Huntington Utah, Sunday, Aug, 26, 2007. Murray, the founder and former president and CEO of a major U.S. coal operator that recently emerged from federal bankruptcy, has retired as chairman of the company's board. Murray ended a six-decade career by announcing his retirement Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 as board chairman of American Consolidated Natural Resource Holdings Inc. (AP Photo/Kenny Crookston)

Bob Murray retires as board chairman of US coal giant

Oct. 20, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Robert Murray, the founder and former president and CEO of a major U.S. coal operator that recently emerged from federal bankruptcy, has retired as chairman of the company's board. Murray ended a six-decade career by announcing his retirement Monday as board chairman of American...