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Business briefs: Blockbuster at Riverwalk Mall to close

The Blockbuster movie-rental store at Riverwalk Mall in South Charleston will close April 7.

An employee who declined to be quoted said a liquidation sale began Monday.

South Charleston business recruiter Bob Anderson said, "We hate to see that," especially considering Zamias Services Inc. and Bon Aviv Investment bought Riverwalk just last April.

Blockbuster's owner plans to close 300 stores, The Wall Street Journal reported last month.

Dish Network Corp. bought Blockbuster in 2011. Last year the company closed 650 stores, including a store in The Shops at Kanawha, formerly known as the Kanawha Mall.

Union plans another protest at Peabody Energy

United Mine Workers of America miners, retirees and family members from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois are planning another protest at Peabody Energy's headquarters in St. Louis, the union said.

The protest will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the union said.

United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts and nine other union members were arrested last month while protesting outside Peabody's headquarters.

According to the union, Peabody Energy Inc. and Arch Coal Inc. schemed to set up Patriot Coal Corp. to shed their obligations to provide health care benefits for retirees and widows and to slash pay, benefits and working conditions for Patriot's active miners.

Peabody spun off Patriot in 2007. Patriot later acquired mines that Arch spun off into Magnum Coal. Patriot filed bankruptcy in July, calling its pension and health care programs "unsustainable labor-related legacy liabilities."

The bankruptcy case is being heard in St. Louis.

AT&T extends service in Point Pleasant, Leon 

AT&T announced it has made network improvements in Point Pleasant, extending its wireless service to customers along U.S. Route 35 as well as Charleston Road, southeast to Leon.


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