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Widows Of Harlan County Miners Push Mine Safety Legislation

Several widows of miners killed in a Harlan County mine explosion will be in Frankfort on Monday to talk to lawmakers about mine safety. They are advocating legislation that would increase the number of inspections at underground coal mines and provide methane detectors for all miners so they can monitor for the explosive gas.

The measure has moved slowly through the legislative process, even stalling at times, before reaching the Senate where it has been fast-tracked. One of the widows, Melissa Lee, appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night.

"I'm hoping and praying that it passes," Lee said. "I am so fatigued and worn out from this."

The mine safety legislation is one of several key bills still pending in the General Assembly.


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