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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A bankrupt coal producer says it has imposed wage and benefit cuts affecting thousands of its workers, but that the pullbacks are less severe than those authorized by a judge.

But St. Louis-based Patriot Coal Corp. added Tuesday that it will keep retiree health care benefits unchanged for the next two months.

Patriot didn't detail the cuts it has adopted, more than a month after a bankruptcy judge empowered Patriot to abandon its collective-bargaining agreements.

Patriot says its continued bargaining with the United Mine Workers of America union has produced "substantial progress."

A spokesman for the union isn't talking publicly about Patriot's cuts imposed Monday, saying only that the union is still meeting with the company to make further improvements over the bankruptcy court's order.

Qdoba closing six metro area restaurants

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:18 Published in Local News

After lunch tomorrow, customers of six area Qdoba restaurants will have to fund another place to eat.

The Mexican restaurant chain will be permanently closing six restaurants Wednesday at 3 PM. The closures include restaurants at Mid Rivers Mall, Wentzville, Euclid Ave, Olive at Mason Road, Washington, and Fairview Heights locations.

A Qdoba spokesperson says several other metro locations will remain open.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has sent an email to friends and top fundraisers promising to reveal "exciting future plans" during an event next week in San Antonio.

 

   The message doesn't provide further details or even a location for the planned Monday midday event, saying simply that more details will be forthcoming. But Perry has said he will soon announce if he plans to seek a fourth full term as governor next year.

 

   The Republican is already the longest-serving governor in Texas history and America's longest-sitting governor.

 

   He also hasn't ruled out a second run for president in 2016, after his previous bid for the GOP White House nomination fizzled in 2011. But Perry has also said he won't decide on that matter until later this year.

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