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With benefits at risk, coal miner union rallies in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are calling on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts. United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts told the gathering of about 4,000 members from seven states Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky, that miners spent their lives working in dangerous mines to provide the ...

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Drug abuse among coal miners is rising


CHARLESTON — When Eugene White went to work in the coal mines in the 1970s, he observed miners who came to work drunk sometimes. Some miners used marijuana, but there was no drug testing, he said. White, now the director of the Office of Mine Health, Safety and Training told legislators on the Joint Committee on Energy Monday that those ...

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“Anthracite Fields” wins Pulitzer

As new regulations and lost revenue continue to batter the U.S. coal producers, composer Julie Wolfe drew inspiration from the culture surrounding the struggling industry in her latest piece, Anthricite Fields. Named for a kind of coal mined exclusively in Pennsylvania, the oratorio recently landed the renowned composer a Pulitzer Prize, NPR reports. Combining choir vocals with an instrumental sextet, ...

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