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Former US Executive Gets Prison Time in 2010 Coal Mine Explosion

A former coal mine executive was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for his involvement in an explosion that killed 29 workers at a mine in the eastern U.S. state of West Virginia in 2010. Don Blankenship, 66, former chief executive of Massey Energy, was charged with conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards. He was found guilty by a jury on December 3. On Wednesday, a U.S. district judge sentenced Blankenship to the maximum prison time and...

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