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Kentucky coal miners end protest with paychecks

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory after receiving their paychecks.

The miners had said earlier that they they had been working since Dec. 16 without being paid.

The tracks lead from Quest Energy in Pike County.

The few miners who remained on the tracks Wednesday told news outlets they received payment which included overtime pay and all other money owed to them.

The company disputed miners' claims that they haven't been paid since Dec. 16.

The company blamed a "temporary blip" in the coal market.

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