Black Lung

  Two stories that examine the critical role of Prevention Resource Officers in schools and what they do to keep students safe and a conversation with The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby, who investigated the handling of cases involving black lung disease.

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

Two congressional Democrats want the U.S. Labor Department to investigate how West Virginia law firm Jackson Kelly has handled black lung benefits cases for its coal industry clients.
 
     Reps. George Miller of California and Joe Courtney of Connecticut cite an investigation of the federal program by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC.
 
     Miller is ranking Democrat on the House committee that oversees the program.
 
     The reports say Jackson Kelly withheld medical records that could have helped miners prove they have the disease.
 

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

A widow is battling for black lung benefits of her dead husband.  Mary Fox filed an appeal on behalf of her late husband Gary Fox last year. Testimony before a federal appeals court began today in Virginia.

The hearing comes the same day stories from a yearlong investigation by the Center for Public Integrity revealed lawyers with the Jackson Kelly law firm submitted only favorable evidence in court.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
State of West Virginia / State of West Virginia

New policy that that would cut in half the amount of permissible coal dust in underground mines is making its way through federal agencies in the form of proposed rule and regulation changes

The same stricter standards are proposed in legislation introduced this summer by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

day in Bluefield to discuss the increasing cases of Back Lung disease, noting more than 2000 West Virginia miners have died of Black Lung over the last decade.

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