Sat January 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Faulty Safety Systems Failed To Stop Va. Mine Explosion

NPR News has learned that safety systems were not working properly before that blast at the Upper Big Branch coal mine. Some mine safety experts believe these water-based safety systems might have helped prevent the blast if they all had been working together properly. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Howard Berkes about new developments in the investigation of last year's coal mine explosion.


Fri January 14, 2011
Mine Safety in America

Safety System Dysfunctional Before Mine Blast

Legally required water systems at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia were not functioning properly before the April 5 explosion that killed 29 mineworkers, according to multiple sources familiar with the disaster investigation.

Some mine safety experts believe that these safety systems might have helped prevent the explosion if they had been working as designed.

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Thu December 23, 2010
The Two-Way

Judge Upholds Effort To Seek Injunction Against Massey Mine

Massey Energy's attempt to derail an unprecedented use of the government's toughest mine safety enforcement tool was formally rejected by a federal judge in a ruling issued late Wednesday.

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Tue December 21, 2010
Around the Nation

Census Data Will Reshape U.S. Political Landscape

States in the South and West gained residents — and political clout — at the expense of the Midwest and East, according to new census figures that will change the nation's political makeup.

The 2010 Census Bureau report, released Tuesday, officially put the U.S. population at 308.7 million, reflecting the lowest growth since the Great Depression. Texas and Nevada led the way, reinforcing a decades-long shift away from the traditional manufacturing belt and toward warmer regions of the country.

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Sat December 11, 2010
National Security

Walmart Shoppers: Homeland Security Wants You

Originally published on Sun December 12, 2010 1:01 pm

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano speaks during a news conference on the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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If you've ridden the subway in New York City any time in the past few years, you've probably seen the signs: "If You See Something, Say Something."

In Washington, D.C., Metro riders are treated to a recording of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging them to report suspicious sights to the proper authorities.

Now, Wal-Mart shoppers across the country will see Napolitano's message in a video as they stand in the checkout line.

Why Walmart?

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