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Black lung debated during federal oversight hearing

House Democrats called for strengthening health and safety protection for miners to prevent black lung disease during a recent oversight hearing. They want the addition of tools needed to enforce safety standards and making it faster for miners to file a claim. During the hearing, two witnesses testified in support of legislative reforms to parts of the Robert C. Byrd ...

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Miners and leaders lament layoffs in Pineville

PINEVILLE — Miners are normally stoic workers, men used to the boom and bust of the coal industry. However, on Sunday afternoon the latest group of miners, the 206 laid off last week from Cliffs Natural Resources Pinnacle Coal Mine, were shocked and dispirited while listening to officials from United Mine Workers of America. “Morale is down,” said union President ...

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