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Courtesy office of Sen. Brown

Following a failed attempt to address a looming crisis in many multi-employer pension programs, two Ohio Valley lawmakers have introduced a bill in Congress to shore up the shaky pension plan for coal miners. The bill also aims to protect health benefits and restore funding for the federal trust fund providing benefits for thousands of miners sickened by black lung disease.

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 Federal regulators said an accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt didn't have adequate safety guards.