15 arrested at Patriot Coal protests in St. Louis

Mine workers' protest over unpaid benefits leads to 15 arrests outside St. Louis coal company

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A mine workers' protest outside a St. Louis-based coal company led to 15 arrests Tuesday.

The United Mine Workers says 15 protesters were arrested in a non-violent demonstration outside the Peabody Energy Corporation building downtown. Patriot Coal was spun off from the energy company in 2007 and filed for bankruptcy last year.

A federal appeals court ruled in August that Peabody Energy remains obligated to maintain health-care benefits for more than 3,100 retirees of Heritage Coal, another Peabody spinoff company.

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