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A display case at NIOSH shows a normal lung and a diseased black lung, caused by inhaling coal dust and other harmful particles while coal mining. Howard Berkes/NPR hide caption

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Rob Bottegal, head engineer of the Acosta Deep Mine for Corsa Coal Corp., overlooks the mine in Jennerstown, Pa., on Feb. 28. Dan Speicher/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP hide caption

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FACT CHECK: Is President Trump Correct That Coal Mines Are Opening?

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40 year-old Longhua worker Wu Songtao and co-worker Wang Fuxiang stand at the bottom of their coal mine in Dalianhe. It's one of China's largest open-pit mines. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands

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Ashley Funk plans to move back home to southwest Pennsylvania to work on environmental projects in a place where climate change and the local economy are intertwined. Stephanie Strasburg for WBEZ hide caption

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A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

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James Bounds is a West Virginia miner with black lung disease; it took him 4 1/2 years to get compensation benefits. A provision in Obamacare later made qualifying for those benefits much easier. Kara Lofton/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Obamacare Repeal Threatens A Health Benefit Popular In Coal Country

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President-elect Donald Trump's promises to bring back miner jobs and open mines appealed to many voters in coal country. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Branham wears reflective mining pants in his home in Elkhorn City, Ky. Branham has advanced stage black lung and was forced to quit mining earlier this year. Benny Becker/Ohio Valley ReSource hide caption

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

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In a photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at Jinshangou Coal Mine in Chongqing, southwest China, on Monday. An explosion at the mine has killed at least 13 people, and 20 more miners are either dead or trapped alive. Tang Yi/Xinhua via AP hide caption

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Joel McKinney stands beside a hydroponic tower that is part of his farm outside the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank. Roxy Todd/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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In Coal Country, Farmers Get Creative To Bridge The Fresh Produce Gap

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Former coal miners are trained as linesmen in a program co-sponsored by the Hazard Community and Technical College and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program in Hazard, Ky. EKCEP Inc. hide caption

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Eastern Kentucky Tries To Keep Former Coal Miners From Leaving

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Software coders (from left) William Stevens, Michael Harrison and Brack Quillen work at the Bit Source office in Pikeville, Ky., in February. The year-old firm has trained laid-off coal workers to become software coders. Sam Owens/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky

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In 2006, a bulldozer sits ready for work at Peabody Energy's Gateway Coal Mine near Coulterville, Ill. Peabody is the latest coal company to declare bankruptcy. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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March 25: Bankruptcies Fuel Uncertainty In Coal Communities

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Tanya James (center), with her daughters Trista James (left) and Michelle Paugh on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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'If You Don't Fight For Yourself, Ain't Nobody Else Gonna Do It For You'

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Members of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry attend a ceremony for miners killed at the Severnaya coal mine in a town north of the Arctic Circle. Alexei Shtokal/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on some 570 million acres of federal land, under a new plan being released Friday. In this photo from 2013, coal is loaded onto a truck at a mine built on federally controlled land in Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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