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  • Coal executive demands tax break for industry in free fall

    The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free fall.

  • Virginia smoothing way from surface coal mining to minerals

    With coal on the decline, Virginia is making it easier for surface miners to transition to other types of mining.

  • Coal exports from Virginia taking steep decline

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As global demand cools, coal exports from Virginia continue to decline. Terminals along the James River in Newport News exported 11.7 million tons of coal through August. That’s down from…

  • Alpha Natural Resources to close 3 mines in Dickenson County

    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources says it will close three underground coal mines in Dickenson County in November. The Bristol-based coal operator says the closures of deep mines 44, 37 and 25 will…

  • Bankrupt Patriot Coal asks judge to change retiree benefits

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal wants a bankruptcy judge’s permission to reject the company’s collective bargaining agreement with union miners and change retirees’ health care benefits. Patriot made the request last week in a…

  • Neighbors complain of Norfolk Southern coal dust

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An environmental group has presented a scientific report that shows significant levels of coal dust can be found in neighborhoods near Norfolk Southern’s massive terminal on the Elizabeth River. Residents in…

  • AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — American Electric Power is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states by the end of May. Media outlets report that the company recently gave WARN notices to workers…

  • WVU, Va. coal company at odds over research papers

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is seeking thousands of documents related to the research of a former West Virginia University professor who blames mountaintop coal mining for increased health risks. The Virginia-based energy…

  • Judge OKs sale of 3 James River Coal mines

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of three James River Coal Co. mining complexes to a subsidiary of Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining LLC. The sale includes the Hampden complex in West…

  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The…

  • Virginia man sentenced to 1 year for coal fraud

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A southwestern Virginia man has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty in a coal fraud scheme targeting Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport. Dale Edward…