- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia and West Virginia mining departments are getting a share of $8.4 million in federal grant funding to reduce mining accidents and injuries and for training programs.

The grants from the Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at providing miners with federally mandated training.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training will be receiving $538,000, while the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is in line for $229,000 in funding.

The funding announced Wednesday is headed to 47 states and the Navajo Nation.

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