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(Note: This is one of two stories on this topic produced as part of a collaborative effort between The Ohio Valley ReSource and NPR)

The Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia has never held public office. Jim Justice is instead running on his record as a businessman. He runs coal mines, farms, and a luxury resort, andaccording to Forbes, he’s also the wealthiest person in the state, worth $1.56 billion.  

Kenn W. Kiser,

Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  

The case has major implications for the country’s policy on climate change. But some experts and industry leaders say the outcome is not likely to bring coal back from its decline in the power market.


Diversifying Power

The U.S. Department of Labor is funding a grant that will help some coal miners in Eastern Kentucky as WEKU’s Brian Burkhart reports.

As coal restrictions and diminishing reserves have left thousands of miners without jobs, the grant of 3.4 million dollars will help retrain those affected by the job losses.    

Focus On Business: Bill Bissett on Kentucky Coal

Feb 8, 2016

Near the end of 2011, about 19,000 people were employed by Kentucky coal mines and preparation plants.  By this past October, the number for all of Kentucky was down to about half that.  The decline was worse than that in the Eastern coalfields.  Nationwide, production dropped as much as 10% in this past year and companies have been filing for bankruptcy.  Tom Martin discussed these issues with Dr. Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association.  

Lexington Herald-Leader

  On this week’s show, we'll discuss the downturn in Eastern Kentucky coal mining, other challenges to the mining industry and hopes to rejuvenate or replace this important element of the Commonwealth's economy.