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President Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the heart of a revived U.S. economy. 

The Trump administration has spent three years trying to help the coal industry by rolling back environmental regulations and pushing for subsidies for coal-fired power plants. Still, the long list of coal company bankruptcies has continued, and dozens more plants have announced their retirement since President Trump took office.

In his latest effort to boost the coal business — and in the process help a major supporter — President Trump has called on the Tennessee Valley Authority to, essentially, ignore the advice of its staff and keep a large coal-fired power plant operating.

The move has drawn extra scrutiny because that plant buys coal from a company headed by a large campaign donor to Trump, Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray.

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The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants.

Coal interests that a veteran Ohio environmental regulator says contributed to his forced resignation have donated 50 thousand dollars to Republican Governor John Kasich since he took office.

A liberal policy group says it has filed a second complaint with the Federal Election commission over the political activities of an eastern Ohio mining company.

A progressive group has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over tv ads from Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign.