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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Don Blankenship
The former superintendent of a southern West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 workers pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge.
A cargo ship that broke down in Alaska's Aleutian Islands while carrying canola seeds and nearly a half-million gallons of fuel oil continued its slow journey to a safe harbor Sunday as a tugboat pulled it through rough seas and up to 25-foot waves.
Campaign fundraising for elections to the nation's top state courts has doubled to more than $200 million over the past decade, fueled partly by superspending individuals and groups investing big money to influence down-ticket races, according to a study released Monday.
Mine safety officials are painting a portrait of ineptitude and confusion by officials at Massey Energy Co. in the months before an explosion at the company's West Virginia mine killed 29 men.
Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the month, finishing a nearly 30-year career that included big profits for the company, but also fights with labor and federal regulators and a recent mine explosion that killed 29 people.
"After almost three decades at Massey, it is time for me to move on," Mr. Blankenship said in a prepared statement. "Baxter and I have worked together for 28 years, and he will provide the company great executive leadership."