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United for Coal rally unfolds in Appalachia

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 07:07 AM

WISE, Va. (AP) — Friends, families and business operators who depend on coal mining are showing solidarity by lining up along highways in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

Groups in the hundreds gathered Saturday along U.S. Highway 23 in southwest Virginia as part of the United for Coal demonstration.

Wearing yellow shirts, hard hats and other coal-related items, supporters stood along the highway for about an hour as cars drove by honking their horns.

Supporters were set to gather in Pikeville, Ky., following the demonstration.

The grass-roots effort is aimed at showing support of the thousands of miners have been laid off across the region this year.

It's also intended to send a message that coal country is a political force to be reckoned with.