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  A preventable event: The story of the Upper Big Branch mine blast

Need to Know’s John Larson reports on just-released findings of an investigation into what caused last year’s deadly West Virginia coal mine explosion.


Inhalers are cool! And so is coal

No, that energy company isn’t really offering kids free Justin Bieber inhalers. An elaborate hoax website fooled a few.


Department of Labor cracks down on Massey Energy with watershed lawsuit

The suit marks the first-ever use of a law that allows the government to step in to protect miners’ safety.


  In the coal: The Upper Big Branch disaster

John Larson reports on coal mine safety, focusing on the West Virginia mine explosion that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration calls “the worst mining disaster in almost 40 years.”

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