03 August 2009

Obama Labor Secretary Coming to W.Va.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to visit the Patriot Coal's Federal No. 2 mine Tuesday with Gov. Joe Manchin and other officials, The Associated Press reports.

"Solis is scheduled to tour the underground Monongalia County mine and an airtight rescue chamber and have a round-table discussion with miners," the article said. "Federal No. 2 is one of West Virginia's largest underground coal mines."

The tour was announced ahead of Monday's news that Patriot "is closing its Samples mines and has told 314 workers they will lose their jobs Oct. 1," AP reports separately.

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