As Murray Energy Seeks Bankruptcy Protection, Some Lawmakers Push For Miners' Pension Fund Fix

On this West Virginia Morning, Ohio Valley coal giant Murray Energy’s bankruptcy renewed fears about the already shaky pension plan that tens of thousands of retired miners depend upon. As the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Becca Schimmel reports, some regional lawmakers are renewing their push to fix the United Mine Workers’ pension fund.

Also on today’s show, As Shell Chemical builds a new plastics production plant in western Pennsylvania, there’s been outrage worldwide over increasing plastic pollution in the oceans. For StateImpact Pennsylvania, The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant met up one researcher who is studying plastic waste, not in the oceans, but in region’s rivers, and is pushing for solutions.

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