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  • Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Monday, August 8 2016 10:15 AM EDT2016-08-08 14:15:05 GMT

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Mine Workers union is leading another big rally as part of its ongoing battle with Patriot Coal, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in St. Louis.

Union members and supporters say they'll plant 1,000 white crosses Tuesday at Kiener Plaza, across from Peabody headquarters. They say the crosses honor the memory of 666 people who died at coal mines operated by the three St. Louis firms and their subsidiaries since 1903.

Union leaders say Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off assets and set up Patriot to fail in a deliberate plan to end benefit obligations to union retirees.

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