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FEB 05, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Bill advances to make coal sector eligible for incentives

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said Friday the measure would "right a wrong" by letting coal companies seek the same economic incentives already available for other businesses and industries. If the bill becomes law, coal mining or processing companies would be able to seek approval for various tax incentives rewarding job creation and investment.

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FEB 05, 2016 - Chicago Tribune

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Wal-Mart's closures leave gaping voids throughout small-town America

To hear Mary Francis Matney tell it, Wal-Mart didn't kill the once-vibrant cluster of shops next to a railroad and a creek in the faded old coal town of Kimball, W.Va. — the disappearance of the mines had pretty well taken care of that already. But now that Wal-Mart is leaving, too, as one of 154...

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FEB 04, 2016 - Seattle Times

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APNewsBreak: Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states. Government attorneys have asked judges overseeing the cases to put them on hold until April 1 while negotiations take […]

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FEB 04, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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W.Va. lawmakers OK right to work, prevailing wage repeal

(AP) — Dealing blows to organized labor, West Virginia's Republican-led Legislature cleared proposals Thursday to repeal the state's prevailing wage for public construction jobs and make the Mountain State the 26th with a right-to-work law. A few hours earlier, state senators cast a party-line 18-16 vote on a bill to nix government-set wages for a variety of workers on public ...

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FEB 04, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Company wants Letcher County to consider treated mine water

(AP) — An Arkansas company is asking Letcher County residents to consider drinking treated water from abandoned coal mines. [...] at a Water and Sewer District board meeting last week, David Owen asked the panel for a letter of intent to let his company explore the mine water alternative.

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