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By Daniel Tyson

For the Daily Telegraph

BECKLEY — Jim Justice, the Democratic candidate for governor, announced Thursday he is reopening four metallurgical coal mines in southern West Virginia, including ones in Raleigh and Wyoming counties.

"It's a great day, great day," Justice said of the hundreds of coal jobs returning to the region.

The Tams Surface Mine in Raleigh County, Frontier Underground Mine in Wyoming County, the Bishop Surface Mine and Keystone Underground mines in McDowell County are to reopen.

Justice credits the recent increase in met coal prices, used in steel making, for allowing his subsidiaries, Bluestone Industries and Southern Coal, to hire a total of 375 coal miners and coal truck operators. About a 100 of those positions have already been filled, he said.

'It makes me feel so good, so good just to see our people to get their dinner bucket and get back to work," said Justice.

Additionally, surface mine in Raleigh County and underground mine in Wyoming County will open in January, he said.

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