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    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:27:12 GMT
    Today the Beckley Motor Speedway held an open practice for any racer who wanted to test out the track.Participants had to pay $10 and had from 11 AM to 3 PM to get their car on the track as many times as they wanted.I spoke with one racer who has been racing for a few years and he says there's nothing in the world like racing."Oh man, it's a rush. It's the best thing in the world. There's nothing like it," Tommy Blankenship said.Track officials said they heard the rumors also, that the track ...
    Today the Beckley Motor Speedway held an open practice for any racer who wanted to test out the track.Participants had to pay $10 and had from 11 AM to 3 PM to get their car on the track as many times as they wanted.I spoke with one racer who has been racing for a few years and he says there's nothing in the world like racing."Oh man, it's a rush. It's the best thing in the world. There's nothing like it," Tommy Blankenship said.Track officials said they heard the rumors also, that the track ...
  • One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:43:44 GMT
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
  • Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:24:33 GMT
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.

Active and retired members of the United Mine Workers, along with labor and community supporters, will march and rally in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kathy Surratt-States will rule on or before May 29 on a request by Patriot Coal to effectively eliminate health care benefits for more than 23,000 retired miners and their families.

Patriot Coal, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year, was created in 2007 by Peabody Energy and subsequently acquired Magnum Coal, a spinoff of Arch Coal. 

"Let's call this what it really is: Corporate executives schemed to line their own pockets at the expense of sick, retired miners who did the labor that made them rich in the first place," said UMWA President Cecil Roberts.

"We are advocating for the best possible result for our members before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, said Roberts, "but this fight won't end when the judge rules.  We've got additional litigation underway in West Virginia; we've got a bill in Congress which will hold the original employers of these workers accountable; and we will continue to follow these companies and these corporate executives wherever they go."

Officials from Peabody have insisted Patriot had the resources neccessary to succeed. They say the company failed due to market conditions and its own failures.