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Coal has emerged as a defining issue in the race for governor in Virginia.
The coal industry is bracing for new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fired by coal.
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Norfolk Southern, the railroad based in Norfolk, Va., said its fourth-quarter profit declined 14 percent to $413 million because of weak coal demand.
Norfolk Southern says it has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transloading facility in Norfolk.
Only a few generations ago, coal miners were literally at war with their employers, spilling and shedding blood on West Virginia's Blair Mountain in a historic battle for union representation and fair treatment.