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14 UMWA Members Arrested During Rally in St. Louis

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4/16/13-Braving a downpour, hundreds of United Mine Workers of America members packed the auditorium at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis Tuesday. It was their latest demonstration against Peabody Energy, Patriot Coal and Arch Coal, which they say are threatening to cut vital health care coverage for current and retired miners. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

4/16/13-Braving a downpour, hundreds of United Mine Workers of America members packed the auditorium at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis Tuesday. It was their latest demonstration against Peabody Energy, Patriot Coal and Arch Coal, which they say are threatening to cut vital health care coverage for current and retired miners. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fourteen people have been arrested in St. Louis after another rally in opposition to Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan.

Hundreds of miners and supporters gathered Tuesday to plant 1,000 white crosses in Kiener Plaza to honor the memory of those who died at coal mines operated by three St. Louis coal companies Patriot, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.

The arrests were for sitting in the street near Peabody’s corporate headquarters.

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Union leaders say Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off assets and set up Patriot to fail in a deliberate plan to end benefit obligations to retirees.

Patriot and Peabody blame the bankruptcy on the financial crisis, environmental regulations and a reduction in metallurgical coal prices.

As for the crosses, Peabody says it is globally recognized for its safety record.

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