From the AP:

U.S. SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL SAYS ONE MINER HAS DIED IN A COAL MINE COLLAPSE IN WESTERN KENTUCKY.

MCCONNELL ANNOUNCED THE NEWS ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. SENATE ON THURSDAY. A MCCONNELL SPOKESMAN SAID IN AN E-MAIL THAT THE SENATOR WAS ALERTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE MINE OPERATOR, ALLIANCE COAL CO. ALLIANCE DID NOT RETURN CALLS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

ANOTHER MINER IS MISSING AFTER A ROOF COLLAPSED IN THE MINE LATE WEDNESDAY. GOV. STEVE BESHEAR SAID RESCUE CREWS HAD TO PULL BACK AFTER REACHING THE SITE OF THE COLLAPSE WHEN THE ROOF BECAME
UNSTABLE. UNITED MINE WORKERS OFFICIALS SAY TWO OTHER MINERS ESCAPED.

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