State Briefs

Mine guards to get final paychecks after more than a year

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — More than a year after they last worked for a Frasure Creek Mine contractor in Oak Hill, about 40 mine security guards are set to soon receive their final paycheck.

The Register-Herald reports that TMK Security, based in St. Albans and Delbarton, left about 40 employees at Frasure Creek and more than 100 at other locations in West Virginia and Kentucky without their final paycheck in November 2014. Trinity Coal Corp. owns the Oak Hill mine.

Attorney Ben Salango says he filed a class action lawsuit against the now-defunct TMK Security in January, with the defendants having since admitted liability.

Salango says he has collected about $110,000 and expects to move through a notice process in January and February before beginning to distribute the money.

2 West Virginia delegates announce plans to resign

PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Two state lawmakers say they are planning to resign within about a week.

Democrat Linda Goode Phllips says she will resign on Dec. 31 and won’t seek another term in the House of Delegates. Republican Amanda Pasdon says she’s resigning Jan. 1 from the House.

The Register-Herald reports that Phillips announced her resignation on Tuesday.

In a news release Wednesday, Pasdon said she is leaving for personal and family reasons. The Monongalia County lawmaker is a business development director and was first elected to the House in 2010.

Phillips is a retired elementary school counselor and business owner. The Wyoming County lawmaker was first elected to the House in 2008.

Local committees will recommend successors to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will appoint replacements.

Cleveland company sells 2 mines in Alabama, West Virginia

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland mining company has closed its remaining coal business with the sale of two coal mines in Alabama and West Virginia.

Cliffs Natural Resources announced the sale Tuesday of Pinnacle Mine in West Virginia and Oak Grove Mine in Alabama to Seneca Coal Resources.

Cliffs says the sale was valued at $268 million based on Seneca Coal assuming all liabilities of the business. Seneca Coal is affiliated with West Virginia-based ERP Compliant Fuels.

Both the Oak Grove Mine in Alabama and the Pinnacle Mine in West Virginia produce metallurgical coal, which is used for steel production.

Seneca plans to produce 4.4 million tons of metallurgical coal in 2016 and employ 811 people in West Virginia and Alabama.

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