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West Virginia chemical spill causes state of emergency

More than 100,000 homes, businesses and hospitals in nine counties around Charleston, W. Va., are without water due to a chemical leak into the Elk River, which provides water for an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 people.

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Mine owner to pay $210M for deadly explosion

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."

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Mine safety chief: “Some still aren’t getting it”

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has found another mine with the same types of violations that caused 29 deaths last year.

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Massey coal responsible for 29 miner deaths says independent report

"The company broke faith with its workers by frequently and knowingly violating the law and blatantly disregarding known safety practices."

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Manchin vs. Raese in West Virginia - better swallow the toad

Manchin's opponent, John Raese, a multi-millionaire (by inheritance), is an extremist Republican who would like to throw everything back to before child labor laws.

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Far-right Massey CEO pal runs for Congress

Former West Virginia Judge Eliott Maynard is enlisting Tea Party backing for his campaign to unseat miner-friendly Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall.