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West Virginia / Mine Explosion #970351

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The tragedy at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia introduced.

(Montcoal, West Virginia: Tom Costello) The explosion inside the coal mine reviewed; animation shown; details given about the search for victims. [Governor Joe MANCHIN†- comments on the magnitude of the explosion.] [Mine Safety and Health Administrator Kevin STRICKLIN†- says we’re hopeful they got to a rescue chamber.] [Massey Energy CEO Don BLANKENSHIP†- says we’re giving families as much information as we have.] [Miner’s son Eric MARTIN†- says they won’t tell us nothing.]

(Montcoal, West Virginia: Ron Mott) The impact of this disaster on the community featured. [Benny Willingham’s daughter Michelle McKINNEY†, convenience store clerk Enga COTTRELL†, WOMAN, MAN, pastor/miner Gary WILLIAMS††- comment.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) Safety violations by mine owner Massey Energy examined; details given about the penalty for a deadly mine fire in 2006. [Former mine safety official Davitt McATEER††- notes the seriousness of the violations involving ventilation.] [Author Jeff GOODELL††- comments on Blankenship and his political power.] [BLANKENSHIP – defends the safety of the mine.]

Williams, Brian;
Costello, Tom;
Mott, Ron;
Myers, Lisa

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