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Miner killed in Upper Big Branch blast honored

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    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.

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PAX, WV (AP) — A longtime miner killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in April 2010 is being honored with a bridge in his name.

A ceremony naming the bridge on Fayette County Route 23 was held Friday in Pax in honor of Rex Lane Mullins. The 50-year-old was among the 29 miners who died in the mine disaster.

According to a resolution adopted by the Legislature adopted during the 2013 session, Mullins was a lifelong resident of Pax and worked in the mines for 30 years. He also was a grade school basketball coach, an avid local sports supporter and active in his community.

 

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