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Pressure builds for Ky. Blackjewel miners to get back pay, but they pledge to hold out until others also paid

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Pressure is building for Blackjewel miners in eastern Kentucky to get their back wages. But the laid-off miners blocking coal shipments there intend to hold out until former employees of the bankrupt company in several other states are paid as well. Jeff Willig from Harlan County is one of the group that’s been dubbed the “Fab Five” – the...

Kentucky by Heart: Withlovefromharlan shifts focus close to home to help victims of Blackjewel failure

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist For the people of Harlan County, in the southeastern region of Kentucky, tough economic challenges became tougher recently when the Blackjewel Mining Company filed bankruptcy and left hundreds of miners, many from their county, hung out to dry financially. Most insulting was the fact that workers received paychecks that bounced, leaving many families unable to...

All Charming Charlie stores are closing, including at Lexington Green; price reductions in effect now

Charming Charlie began offering huge discounts at their closing sales. The jewelry and accessories retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, July 11, with plans to close all of their 261 stores in 38 states. This includes the store in the Mall at Lexington Green.    Charming Charlie shoppers will find significant price reductions of 20-50% off original prices with an extra 20% off the...

AG Andy Beshear vows to protect Kentucky workers in bankruptcy action by BlackJewell mines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear is weighing in after his office received complaints about a major West Virginia coal producer that declared bankruptcy earlier this week.

 Charleston-based BlackJewel LLC, which operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, with CEO Jeff Hoops saying there wasn’t...

Rural Blog: Nation’s top coal-producer Peabody Energy files for bankruptcy protection

“In a much-anticipated move, the nation’s top coal producer, Peabody Energy, Wednesday sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors while it tries to reorganize its finances amid the continuing decline of the mining industry,” Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Peabody lawyers filed the company’s bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the...