WV Families Picket in Missiouri
Some families from West Virginia picketed in St. Louis Tuesday to draw attention to concerns of the coal industry. About 175 coal mining families from West Virginia and other mining states including Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio picketed outside the federal building and the Peabody Energy headquarters. Ten people were arrested for obstructing traffic, and there's no word if those people were from West Virginia or from other states. The United Mine Workers of America wants to salvage health care benefits for retirees and widows after Patriot Coal's bankruptcy. The union blames Peabody Energy for the bankruptcy. A judge moved Patriot's case to St. Louis in November. An $802 million financing package is letting it continue operating while it restructures.