- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship wants permission to see his son compete in an Ohio dirt track race.

In a motion Tuesday in Beckley federal court, Blankenship requests the trip to Sidney, Ohio, from June 5-6.

The motion says Blankenship’s son is a professional dirt track racer competing in the 41st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio. He drives the No. 23 “Coal” car.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where an explosion killed 29 men in 2010.

His travel is restricted to southern West Virginia, Pike County in Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

Blankenship has requested multiple visits to Las Vegas, where he says he lives. A judge granted one trip for Thanksgiving.


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