Kentucky mine inspector resigns amid inquiries

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A longtime state mine inspector has resigned amid inquiries about his dealings with an eastern Kentucky lawmaker who owns coal mines.

Media reported that Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement inspector Kelly Shortridge submitted a one-sentence resignation letter Jan. 31 saying his last day would be Friday. It did not give a reason.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the U.S. Interior Department's inspector general and the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission are conducting separate inquiries into the relationship between Shortridge and Democratic state Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps.

The newspaper cited records it obtained through a state open records request.

Shortridge did not return calls for comment. Hall told The Courier-Journal that he hasn't talked to Shortridge and has "no idea" why he resigned. He declined further comment Friday.

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