In legal news:

Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy when the Upper Big Branch mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 workers and revealing systemic safety failures and incredible production pressure, is currently on trial. His supposed crimes include allegedly conspiring to commit mine safety violations, conspiring to cover up those violations, and providing false statements about his company’s safety record. He could face more than 30 years behind bars. As the trial continues today, Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy wrote a feature on Blankenship’s rise to power and the culture he created at Massey prior to the accident. Read it here.

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