When Coal Is Over

In this Oct. 20, 2014 photo, third generation coal miner Keith Johnson washes coal dust off his face in his bathroom as he arrives home after working the graveyard shift underground in a coal mine in Evarts, Ky. Johnson, 43, is paying on a $20,000 hospital bill incurred while working at a company that offered no insurance. He’s spent about $40,000 from his retirement fund to stay in Harlan. “A few years ago, I would have said we had it made and we was going to live a long life and retire here. But it’s dim right now,” says Johnson. “There’s no jobs, and what jobs are there are dwindling out. It’s a bleak outlook for sure for the coalfields in eastern Kentucky.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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