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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reports to prison

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reported to a California prison Thursday to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman said. Spokesman Justin Long said Thursday evening that Blankenship was in custody at a federal facility in Taft, California. ...

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Clinton campaign blasts Blankenship for appearing near event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is linking Donald Trump to a convicted coal executive who attended a protest at her West Virginia campaign stop. Clinton state campaign director Talley Sergent called Don Blankenship’s appearance Monday in Williamson “a pretty outrageous sight.” Protesters with Trump signs booed Clinton on Monday outside her Williamson campaign event, and Blankenship was spotted in ...

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Prosecutors: Former coal chief to head to prison May 12

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say former coal company executive Don Blankenship has to head to prison on May 12, pending an appeal. Prosecutors mentioned the ex-Massey Energy CEO’s date to surrender to federal custody in a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filing on Wednesday. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 to the maximum penalties of a year in prison ...

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The Latest: Ex-coal chief appeals in mine safety case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s sentencing (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Former coal company chief Don Blankenship is appealing a case that resulted in a one-year prison sentence. In U.S. District Court in Beckley on Thursday, the ex-Massey Energy CEO filed his notice of appeal to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of ...

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Prosecutors seek max prison deal for ex-coal CEO

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors want a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for convicted ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who ran a West Virginia coal mine that was the site of a deadly explosion. In a sentencing memorandum in federal court Monday, prosecutors said a shorter sentence could only be interpreted as declaring that mine safety laws aren’t ...

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