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States weighing impact of Alpha mine layoffs

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Coal communities are still trying to measure the implications of Alpha Natural Resources mine closures and the layoffs of hundreds of workers.

Fayette County gets about $750,000 a year in coal severance taxes. Commissioner Matt Wender says he's still calculating how much it will lose from Tuesday's shutdown of the Alloy deep and surface mines.

Virginia-based Alpha closed eight mines -- four in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania -- and is eliminating 1,200 jobs by early 2013.

In all, Alpha says, about 270 of the 400 workers affected by the closings will either be reassigned or will be hired to replace outside contractors.

But in West Virginia, 80 miners are out of luck. In Virginia, 70 are now scrambling for jobs. In Pennsylvania, three are unemployed.

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