In national news:

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been sentenced to the maximum one year in prison and another year of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy at the company to violate mine safety standards. Judge Irene Berger also imposed a maximum $250,000 fine, which is due immediately. Blankenship was convicted in December of conspiring to willfully violate federal mine safety laws, a misdemeanor. The charge stemmed from an investigation into the April 5th, 2010, explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 men.

Read more about the sentencing from West Virginia public radio here. Read a feature on Blankenship and his rise at Massey from Mother Jones here.

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