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Ex-Coal Mogul Gives $1 Million to Miners Whose Paychecks Bounced

Aug. 6, 2019, 4:36 PM

A former coal baron is donating $1 million to miners protesting in Kentucky after their employer went bankrupt and their paychecks bounced.

Ex-Cumberland Resources Ltd. founder Richard Gilliam said he will give $2,000 apiece to 508 workers waiting to be paid by Blackjewel LLC. Gilliam, who started a charitable foundation with his late wife in 2010 after selling Cumberland, said in an emailed statement that he hopes the money “will act as a bridge” for the miners until they’re paid.

It’s the latest in a string of breaks for the miners, who for more than a week have blocked tracks ...