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Skrepenak played six seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Raiders and Panthers.


IRS won’t return to plane-crash site

AUSTIN | An Internal Revenue Service office will not return to the Texas building where a tax protester killed himself by crashing his plane into the structure.

IRS spokeswoman Lea Crusberg said Thursday that the agency has signed a two-year lease on another office space in Austin. She declined to identify the location.

Andrew Joseph Stack III on Feb. 18 flew his single-engine plane into the four-story structure. IRS worker Vernon Hunter also was killed. About 200 IRS employees worked in the building at that time.

The manager of the property, Kevin Kimball, says cleanup of the 64,000-square-foot structure is nearly done and repairs should be finished within six months.


Methane gauges cited before blast

CHARLESTON | Federal inspectors cited a Massey Energy subsidiary for failing to recalibrate methane monitors 16 times in the two years before the explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

Kevin Stricklin of the Mine Safety and Health Administration said failing to ensure that explosive gas would be correctly measured is unconscionable.

Methane monitors are emerging as a key piece of evidence in the probe into what caused the April 5 blast.

Investigators plan to evaluate two monitors and a data recorder to see if the monitors had been disabled before the explosion.

Officials with Virginia-based Massey have repeatedly denied shutting the monitors off so crews could keep cutting coal when they encountered pockets of gas.

From wire dispatches and staff reports