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Tentative Appalachian Healthcare Agreement Heads Off Strike

Appalachian Regional Healthcare says it has agreed on a tentative contract with a union representing more than 700 registered nurses.

Appalachian says in a news release that the two sides agreed on the proposed deal late Wednesday.

The health care system says the Southern United Nurses/National Nurses United rescinded a one-day strike that was set for Thursday at Appalachian's hospitals in Beckley and Hazard, Kentucky.

Details won't be released until the union's members have an opportunity to vote on the contract. The vote will be held later this week.

Appalachian employee and labor relations system director Julius Pearson says both sides sat down with a federal mediator on Wednesday afternoon to work through issues.