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Clay Mullins (left), brother of mine disaster victim Rex Mullins, listens as Upper Big Branch miner Stanley "Goose" Stewart tells the House Education and Labor Committee that the mine "was a ticking time bomb" because of problems with ventilation and explosive methane and coal dust. Jon C. Hancock/AP hide caption

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Mine Victims' Families Recall Fear, Safety Issues

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Mine workers stand at the entrance of the Upper Big Branch coal mine on April 9, a few days after an explosion killed 29 men. Matt Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Mine Probe Examines Airflow, Possible Tampering

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Massey, Federal Officials Investigated In Mine Blast

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Mine Owner, Safety Agency Face Federal Inquiry

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FBI Probing U.S. Officials And Massey, Owner Of W. Va. Mine Where 29 Died

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Wall Street Still Bullish On Massey Despite Mine Blast

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The Legacy Of Ex-IOC Chief Samaranch

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Samaranch, 89, Reshaped Face Of Modern Olympics

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Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship speaks to reporters in Montcoal, W.Va., on April 6. A filing with the SEC states that Blankenship was paid $17.8 million last year. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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NPR's Howard Berkes joins host Liane Hansen to discuss newly-released documents detailing Blankenship's pay.

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An ambulance is seen at the Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine April 10 in Montcoal, W.Va., the site of the nation's deadliest coal mine disaster in decades. Bob Bird/AP hide caption

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Other Massey Mines Showed A Pattern Of Violations

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Deadly West Virginia Mine Blast Stuns Experts

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