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100 Years Ago in Spokane: Miners get more pay

Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in Wallace, Idaho.

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

President Donald Trump’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust – the cause of black lung – and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a “very bad signal.”

UTEP brings back Mike Price to be interim coach

UTEP is bringing back former Miners coach Mike Price to be interim coach and replace Sean Kugler, who was fired after an 0-5 start. From 1989-2002, Price was coach at Washington State, where he had three 10-win seasons and the led the Cougars to the 1998 Rose Bowl.

Limited experience noted among coal miners who died

Federal officials say seven U.S. coal miners have died in accidents so far this year, compared with eight deaths all last year, most involving miners with less than one year of experience at that particular mine and that particular job.

Another congressional clash looms over coal miners’ health benefits

Lawmakers representing coal-producing states are using every political device they can – including threatening to trigger a partial government shutdown to holding up a White House nominee – to prevent health care benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners from expiring at the end of April.

Bolivia: 19 miners trapped by rival group inside mine

A group of wildcat miners used dynamite to trap 19 rivals inside a mine in a remote area of Bolivia, authorities said on Friday. Police said that about 100 miners used dynamite blasts to block the mine’s entrance and took control of another way out of the Asientos mine. Police said the life of the trapped miners is not at risk.