NPR Series: Mine Safety In America http://www.kunc.org en Jailed Massey Mine Boss Claims He Was Company's Sacrificial Lamb http://www.kunc.org/post/jailed-massey-mine-boss-claims-he-was-companys-sacrificial-lamb A jailed, former superintendent of Massey Energy's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/131960177/massey-mine-investigation">Upper Big Branch coal mine</a> claims his attorney colluded with attorneys for the company and its executives to avoid testimony about complicity in his crimes.<p>Gary May is serving a 21-month federal prison sentence after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/29/149639345/massey-mine-boss-pleads-guilty-as-feds-target-execs">pleading guilty to conspiracy</a> to thwart federal mine safety law by warning miners underground when inspectors arrived on the surfa Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 50002 at http://www.kunc.org Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast http://www.kunc.org/post/doctors-confirm-black-lung-victims-mine-blast The tragic deaths of 29 coal miners in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/131960177/massey-mine-investigation">massive explosion in 2010</a> have provided new evidence of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/09/155978300/as-mine-protections-fail-black-lung-cases-surge">resurgence of the disease known as black lung</a>.<p>On Monday, a team of pathologists and lung disease experts will present the results of <a href="http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2013.187.1_MeetingAbstracts.A6063">a detailed study of lung tissue</a> from some of the victims of the Upper Big Bran Fri, 17 May 2013 16:47:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 44451 at http://www.kunc.org Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents http://www.kunc.org/post/cruelest-month-boston-blasts-join-list-dark-incidents <em>Howard Berkes is an NPR correspondent based in Salt Lake City.</em><p>It may have been the dumbest thing I ever said. On April 19, 1999, I stood before an audience at Idaho State University in Pocatello, talking about the cruelest month. April, I pointed out, and April 19 in particular, have provided celebrated, infamous and sometimes horrific moments in our history.<p>What was it about the month, I wondered, or the time of year, that made April so meaningful and at times so cruel? Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 42970 at http://www.kunc.org The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents Former Massey CEO Accused Of Conspiracy In Court Hearing http://www.kunc.org/post/former-massey-ceo-accused-conspiracy-court-hearing A relatively routine plea hearing in Beckley, W.Va, Thursday, took an unexpected and dramatic turn when a former Massey Energy executive implicated former CEO <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/11/20/131465631/massey-head-points-fingers-as-he-details-explosion">Don Blankenship</a> in a criminal conspiracy.<p>It's the first time Blankenship has been publicly named as an alleged conspirator in the ongoing federal criminal investigation of the 2010 explosion at Massey's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/131960177/massey-mine-investigation">Upper Big Branch coal mine</a>.<p>The accusation is also t Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 40865 at http://www.kunc.org Former Massey CEO Accused Of Conspiracy In Court Hearing Report: W.Va. Fails To Enforce New Regs Designed To Prevent Mine Explosions http://www.kunc.org/post/report-wva-fails-enforce-new-regs-designed-prevent-mine-explosions Ken Ward at <em>The Charleston Gazette </em>has <a href="http://wvgazette.com/News/montcoal/201302020046">a story worth reading</a> about West Virginia's failure to enforce new coal mine dust standards prompted by the deadly explosion three years ago at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine.<p>Ward used the state's Freedom of Information Act to obtain and review mine safety inspections conducted by the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.<p>"But despite finding hundreds of instances over the last 18 months where mining operations didn't comply with the new standards," Ward reports, t Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 39715 at http://www.kunc.org