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BRISTOL, Va. — “I’m not going to be political today.” That’s what former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a two-time presidential candidate and conservative commentator, said toward the start of his speech at the Bristol Community Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday morning. For the most part, he focused on perseverance and faith.

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Bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel LLC, an affiliated marketing company and the U.S. Department of Labor have agreed to a number of stipulations that will halt the transport of coal at three sites in Virginia until the issue of idled employees receiving overdue pay is resolved, according to a filing in a federal bankruptcy court.

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Officials Friday morning at the site  in Elizabethton where retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family survived a plane crash Thursday.

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