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January 24, 2002

From the New York Times: Kentucky Governor Admits Wronging Coal Miners. This is a worthwhile read about how governor Paul Patton intends to help those miners suffering from black lung disease. Apparently, a 1996 act effectively discontinued medical compensation for those miners suffering from the disease (only 16 claims approved since 1996! - less than 1%). Patton aims to ammend that act and vastly increase medical compensations to miners suffering from black lung. My only question is this: where is he going to get the money? Pattons plan requires $6 million per year -- a lot of money in state that doesn't have much.... Stay tuned.