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Published February 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

Coal truck


A coal truck drives through an railroad tressel near downtown Welch, W.Va., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Coal brought a large population to the McDowell County in the 1940's. Now the population is shrinking and the county suffers from unemployment and poverty. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)
Read the article: Census Finds Near-record Level of U.S. Counties Dying