Sales of special coal license plates reach 50,000

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has paid homage to the
coal industry by marking a milestone in sales of special license

Some 50,000 of the black "Friends Of Coal" license plates have
been sold in the past two and a half years. That's more than any
other specialty plates in Kentucky except for collegiate plates
honoring the state's universities.

Beshear has been one of the coal industry's biggest
cheerleaders, criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
for not approving new permits for mines in Kentucky.

Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett praised Beshear
for standing up against the EPA on behalf of the mining industry.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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