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An aerial view of the Coal Hollow Mine on May 2, 2012 near Alton, Utah. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Congress To Enter Debate Over Whether Taxpayers Getting Fair Return On Coal Mined From Public Lands

Congress is poised to enter the debate over whether taxpayers are getting a fair return on coal mined from public lands in the Western U.S. as a House committee plans a Tuesday oversight hearing on the industry.


Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., speaks during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on Cruise Industry Oversight March 1, 2012 at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rockefeller Retiring As Popularity Waning For Supporting Obama

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world’s richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.