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Nation's fourth- and sixth-largest mines shut down

by Scott Tong Jul 2, 2019
Two of the largest coal-producing mines in the United States were closed down without warning.
Coal falls from a conveyor belt in 2016 in Price, Utah.
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Coal boss threatened to shut mines following safety complaints

by Scott Tong Apr 8, 2019
A secretly recorded speech by Murray Energy boss is at center of a legal dispute.
Robert Murray (L), chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., listens to a colleague after the evening news conference at the command center where it was announced that rescue efforts to drill relief holes to six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet beneath the surfaces are going slower than expected at the nearby Crandall Canyon coal mine on August 9, 2007 near Huntington, Utah.
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Trump’s promises have some coal miners optimistic — so they’re staying in the industry

by Reid R. Frazier Dec 27, 2017
While some coal miners continue looking for work in the industry, others look to careers outside of coal for more stability.
Low natural gas prices will likely continue to keep the coal market weak. Above, a coal mound in Shelbiana, Kentucky.
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There's no giving up on coal in Greene County, Pennsylvania

by Erika Beras Dec 1, 2017
While there's plenty of money for free job training in health care and trucking, local workers pack coal classes instead.
Students sit in a miner training class at a career center in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
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What's to blame for the demise of coal and nuclear plants? Another fossil fuel

by Marielle Segarra Aug 24, 2017
Natural gas plants are less expensive.
Flared natural gas burns off at Apache Corporation's operations at the Deadwood natural gas plant in Garden City, Texas. 
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Trump administration halts study on mining, thanks to proposed budget cuts

by Marielle Segarra Aug 22, 2017
Some studies have shown increased rates of health problems for people who live near these mining sites.
A large mountaintop coal mining operation in West Virginia. 
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A former coal miner's take on the declining industry

by Paulina Velasco Jun 23, 2017
It's a small part of Kentucky's economy, but it plays a big role in politics.
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Counting up American coal jobs: What's the real total?

by Molly Wood and Scott Tong Jun 15, 2017
Here are the numbers behind the much-discussed coal industry in the U.S.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with coal miners at the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pennsylvania, in April.
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Coal miners from two generations betting on Trump

by Marketplace Staff Feb 21, 2017
We hear from a retired West Virginia miner and another just starting his career.
In West Virginia, 12,000 mining jobs have been lost; Trump supporters bet on him to bring them back.
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Kentucky coal country hangs on to Trump's promise

by Scott Tong Feb 8, 2017
Though jobs have fallen to their lowest level in 118 years, there is hope that coal production will come back.
A bulldozer operates atop a coal mound in Kentucky.
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