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Former coal executive finishes testimony against ex-CEO boss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former coal executive who was dealt a prison sentence for mine violations testified Friday that his company sometimes took shortcuts to produce coal under his top boss, ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Taking the stand in Blankenship’s criminal trial, former Massey subsidiary president David Hughart said that under Blankenship and former COO Chris Adkins, the company ...

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Manufacturer to close Cuyahoga Falls plant, leave 53 jobless

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a decision to outsource production has led to the imminent closure of a northeast Ohio manufacturing plant that will leave 53 people without jobs. The Akron Beacon Journal reports TerraSource Global will cease operations of its Cuyahoga Falls facility in December. The plant, which goes by the brand name Pennsylvania Crusher, makes heavy ...

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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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Talen Energy in dog-eat-dog business

Since Talen Energy split from PPL Corp. in June, there has been plenty of hand-wringing over where the new power producer will put down permanent roots. Hoping to keep Talen here, Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority paved the way last week for the energy company — located for now at PPL Plaza on Hamilton Street — to move to ...

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North Dakota getting federal mine safety grant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Career and Technical Education is getting a share of $8.4 million in federal grant funding to reduce mining accidents and injuries and for training programs. The grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at providing miners with federally mandated training. Career and Technical Education is ...

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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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Pennsylvania’s tiny anthracite coal industry finds a specialty: pizza oven fuel

Everything except the eggplant at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Cranberry is cooked by coal. The restaurant ceiling is lightly charred with coal dust. Sometimes even the tables have a thin layer of Pennsylvania anthracite on them. In the morning, when the oven that has been burning since February 2011 is packed with its daily 300 pounds of shiny, hard ...

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Judge rules favor of Consol in overtime case

Capping off a two-year lawsuit, district courts ruled Consol Energy will not have to pay its employees for “off the clock” work, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. The suit alleges that GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance Inc., whose employees were contracted by Consol in 2012, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding pay for hours spent commuting to work. Much ...

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