Dis­graced coal exec plans run for Se­nate

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Don­ald Blanken­ship, the for­mer Massey En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive who went to prison in the wake of a 2010 mine ex­plo­sion in Mont­coal, West Vir­ginia, that left 29 dead, plans to run as a Repub­li­can can­di­date for the U.S. Se­nate in that state, ac­cord­ing to news or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Blanken­ship filed fed­eral elec­tion pa­pers to run as a Repub­li­can, Charleston tele­vi­sion sta­tion WCHS and other out­lets re­ported. Blanken­ship couldn't be reached for com­ment.

In the primary, Blanken­ship would face at least two other can­di­dates, U.S. Rep. Evan Jenk­ins and West Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pa­trick Mor­risey. The win­ner would face in­cum­bent Demo­cratic Sen. Joe Manchin in the 2018 elec­tion.

Blanken­ship wrote on his web­site Oct. 3 that Manchin has failed to "suc­cess­fully ad­vo­cate for ef­fec­tive mine safety reg­u­la­tions." Blanken­ship, how­ever, served a year in prison after be­ing con­victed of a mis­de­meanor charge for or­ches­trat­ing a con­spir­acy to vi­o­late mine safety rules be­fore the April 2010 deaths of 29 min­ers at the Up­per Big Branch Mine. doesn't back­slide.

Of­fi­cials es­ti­mate re­cov­ery could take an­other two decades and nearly $180 mil­lion.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice con­sid­ered tens of thou­sands of pub­lic com­ments as it worked to meet a court-or­dered dead­line to craft the re­cov­ery plan. It was a long time com­ing — the orig­i­nal guid­ance for restor­ing the wolf was adopted in 1982. at Michi­gan State Univer­sity and at USA Gym­nas­tics, said he mo­lested girls with his hands at Twis­tars gym­nas­tics club in Ea­ton County, near Lans­ing. A week ago, he made a sep­a­rate but sim­i­lar guilty plea nearby in In­g­ham County, the home of his cam­pus clinic.

In a third case, Nas­sar, 54, will be sen­tenced in fed­eral court on Dec. 7 for pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy. He faces decades in prison. Mean­while, more than 100 women and girls are su­ing him.

My­ers' un­am­bigu­ous ac­cep­tance of the hu­man role in cli­mate change marked a clean break from other mem­bers of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt, En­ergy Sec­re­tary Rick Perry and Trump him­self, all of whom have ques­tioned the ex­tent of hu­man con­tri­bu­tions.

My­ers is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the pri­vate weather-fore­cast­ing com­pany Ac­cuWeather.

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