CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday WorkForce West Virginia has received an emergency federal grant for $5.6 million to help coal miners who have lost their jobs.

The governor said the money would help pay for the re-employment services and job training opportunities for 700 mine workers.

“Layoffs and mine closures are frustrating for our miners and their families – they depend on their jobs to keep food on the table and a roof overhead,” the governor said in a news release.

The announcement came a day after Patriot Coal issued a WARN Notice saying it would lay off at least 100 workers at two mining complexes in Boone County.

“This additional funding extends the grant through December 31, 2016 and will allow continued reemployment and retraining services to coal miners impacted by mass layoffs and mine closures,” said Russell L. Fry, acting executive director of WorkForce West Virginia.

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  • George

    Yea says umwa president "Nicks our friend." ..uh maybe it's just because he's a Democrat"............cause he is more Obamas friend than ours.......ready for a change in May..

  • DWL

    What happen to the miners' saviors - the UMWA? I guess since they are collecting money to give to the m0r0n, they could care less about the unemployed followers. That's right! I forgot. The rank & file miners are just the union's pawns. Wear that UNION label - down to the unemployment line.

  • wvu999

    I'm assuming the Republican coal miners who hate Obama will decline this government handout

    Handouts are for lazy people

    • Sick&Tired

      Don't worry it's just election year politics.Rahall and the dems trying to save a little face.Got to say I'm loving watching Cecil endorse Nick.Have to love those union miners backing the ones doing away with their jobs,but at least their sending them a hand out.

    • Jerry-D

      Those republican coal miners wouldn't need this handout if it weren't for the Obama regime...

      • wvu999

        Visit buffalo Creek
        You're welcome

        • Jerry-D

          I've been to buffalo creek... What happened there was awful, hope it never happens again...

          Truth is though, that the Obama administration has destroyed Appalachian coal, both thermal and met... Gas has played a small role, but the EPA is the real problem... This president has no clue as yo what he is doing, or either he is hell bent on destroying America.... Legalize coal... We need it to survive as a state and country!