Federal prosecutors said Don Blankenship operated Massey Energy as a "lawless enterprise." He's seen here leaving a federal courthouse in Charleston, W.Va., on Nov. 17, when the jury began deliberations. Kara Lofton/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Standing next to the Coal Miner's Statue at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston on Wednesday, James Bennett rallied alongside other speakers who criticized President Obama's proposed environmental rules that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The rally coincided with president's visit to the state capital to talk about drug abuse. John Raby/AP hide caption

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(Left) Sauerkraut and sausage (foreground) cook on the stove at the Hutte Restaurant. (Right) Diners Roxanne Singhisen and Nick Lockyer of Pittsburgh chat at the Hutte. Pat Jarrett for NPR hide caption

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