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Coal company owned by West Virginia gov's family adds jobs

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A coal company owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says it's hiring 250 workers. 

Bluestone Coal says in a news release it is adding a variety of workers at both its surface and deep mine operations in southern West Virginia, including foremen, mechanics, electricians, truck drivers and equipment operators. 

In 2015, Justice completed a $5 million buyback of Bluestone Coal from Russian company Mechel OAO. In 2009 he had sold Mechel the same mines for $436 million. Justice handed the company over to his children when he became governor last year. 

Bluestone Coal has mining operations in McDowell and Wyoming counties.

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