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West Virginia training program restores hope for jobless coal miners


Mingo County, West Virginia — In West Virginia's hollers, deep in Appalachia, jobless coal miners are now finding a seam of hope.

“I wasn't 100% sure what I was going to do,” said James Damron, who was laid off two years ago from a mine. 

“I did know I didn't want to go back in the deep mines,” he added.

Instead, Damron found Coalfield Development, and its incoming CEO, Jacob Israel Hannah.

“Hope is only as good as what it means to put food on the table,” Hannah told CBS News.

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