Overtime Investigation, Daeschner’s Contract Not Renewed, FDA Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men, Congress Debates Payroll Tax: Today on State of the News

Mayor Greg Fischer called for an investigation into the city’s use of overtime pay, and MSHA finished its investigation of Upper Big Branch and found assey to blame. We’ll recap and analyse this week’s metro news with the WFPL news staff. News and Tribune editor Shea Van Hoy joins WFPL’s Devin Katayama to talk about […]

Safety Violations in KY Mines, Transparency in Contracts between Public Workers & Metro Government, College-Readiness in JCPS Students, Infant Mortality in West Louisville: Afternoon Review

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited five Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. An ordinance supported by the majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats would exempt the cost of contracts between public workers and Metro […]

New MSHA Rule Aims to Reduce Risk of Mechanical Injury for Coal Miners

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is publishing a proposed rule tomorrow that could require all mine operators to eventually install safety devices on certain types of mining equipment. MSHA’s proposed rule would phase in a requirement that mine operators use proximity warning devices on their continuous miners—the large machines that scoop coal from […]

MSHA Cites Three Kentucky Mines in July Impact Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations—two of the mines are in Harlan County and one is in Pike County. Those mines are among 15 nationwide with a history of compliance problems that were targeted in MSHA’s July impact inspections. Two of the Kentucky mines inspected are […]

Three Kentucky Mines Among Those Cited by Federal Regulators in June

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations. They were among 14 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Cheyenne Mining Company’s Number 11 mine in Pike County, D&C Mining Corporation’s mine in Harlan County and North […]

Federal Government Granted Permanent Injunction Against Pike County Coal Mine

A federal court has issued a permanent injunction against a Pike County coal mine in response to allegations from the Mine Safety and Health Administration that the mine was giving advance notice of inspections. When miners have advance notice, they can quickly rectify unsafe conditions to pass inspection. That’s what MSHA says was happening at […]

Temporary Restraining Order Granted Against Pike County Coal Mine

A federal court has issued a temporary restraining order against a Pike County mine. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration alleges the mine operator was giving advance warning to miners of impending inspections, which is illegal. When miners have advance notice, they can quickly rectify unsafe conditions to pass inspection. That’s what MSHA says […]

Government Faults Coal Company in Upper Big Branch Explosion

Federal regulators held a briefing today in West Virginia to discuss their investigation into the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the explosion on April 5, 2010 that killed 29 miners in southern West Virginia was preventable. In a presentation, MSHA administrator Kevin Stricklin outlined Massey’s failures at the […]

Officials Say Massey Kept Two Sets of Safety Record for Upper Big Branch

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is about to brief reporters in West Virginia on its investigation into the Upper Big Branch explosion. But last night they met with the families of the 29 men who died in the mine in April, 2010, and reports of their findings are already leaking out. NPR’s Howard […]