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Florida state Sen. Gary Farmer speaks during the 2017 session in Tallahassee, Fla. He has introduced a new bill that would eliminate the false identity provision and clarify the statute so that it applies only to people who commit traditional workers' comp fraud, such as lying about injuries or eligibility for benefits. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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David Zatezalo, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, was asked about the advanced black lung epidemic at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6, 2018. Huo Jingnan/NPR hide caption

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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease

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A broken window is seen at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Wednesday along the Las Vegas Strip. Investigators still don't understand why the shooter carried out his rampage. David Becker/Getty Images hide caption

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Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive

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What We Know, And Don't Know About The Las Vegas Shooter

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Shooter Behind Las Vegas Massacre Had No Criminal Record

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Yuliana Rocha Zamarripa's workers' comp claim for a serious knee injury at work prompted her arrest. The mother of three spent the next year cycling through county and immigration jails. Scott McIntyre for ProPublica hide caption

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Yuliana Rocha Zamarripa's workers' comp claim for a serious knee injury at work prompted her arrest. She was shuffled from county to immigration jails for a year and blames the sexual abuse of her daughter on her inability to protect her at home. Scott McIntyre for ProPublica hide caption

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They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

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A display case at NIOSH shows a normal lung and a diseased black lung, caused by inhaling coal dust and other harmful particles while coal mining. Howard Berkes/NPR hide caption

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Government Researchers Plan Response To Rising Rates Of Black Lung Disease

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A plaque memorializes 29 miners killed in a 2010 explosion at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia. Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on charges of willfully violating mine safety and health standards. John Raby/AP hide caption

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sent a mobile testing unit to a fire station in Wharton, W.Va., in 2012 to screen coal miners for black lung disease. Howard Berkes/NPR hide caption

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Spike In Black Lung Cases Strains Federal Benefits Program

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Branham wears reflective mining pants in his home in Elkhorn City, Ky. Branham has advanced stage black lung and was forced to quit mining earlier this year. Benny Becker/Ohio Valley ReSource hide caption

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

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West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice announced his run for governor of West Virginia as a Democrat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on May 11, 2015. Chris Tilley/AP hide caption

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