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 Some big news out of the world of coal mining to pass along tonight.

 James "Buck" Harless died, Wednesday night.

He was 94.

Harless was a native of Mingo County and a member of the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and has been a State Journal "Who's Who in West Virginia Business."

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement on Harless' passing:

"West Virginia has lost a giant. Buck Harless' generosity and philanthropy always will be remembered throughout West Virginia. My heart goes out today to the family and friends of the man who gave so much of himself to others. Mr. Harless was a living legend who shared his successes with his local community, the state and the region without asking for anything in return. He was a true West Virginia success story and embodied the strength, determination and love for his neighbors that makes this state great."

Senator Joe Manchin also released a statement on the passing of Harless.   He said, "Buck Harless was a dear friend not only to me, but to all of West Virginia," said Senator Manchin. "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and we extend our condolences to his wife Hallie, his entire family and to all of those who were touched by his exceptional life. I will always remember and admire Buck's passion to make West Virginia a better place to work and to live, and his contributions to our state, particularly to our coal industry, state education programs and Boy Scouts of America, will never be forgotten. Buck was, and will continue to be an inspiration to me and so many others in this state, and he will be deeply missed."