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Mine Board Stresses Drug Rehab For Fired Miners

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky mine safety officials stressed
drug rehabilitation over rejection as they reviewed appeals Thursday.

The state mine safety board heard appeals by 15 coal miners who
believed they were ready to go back to work. The miners had been
fired for positive drug tests or refusing to take tests.

Miner Ralph Hurley admits he has drug addictions and has
enrolled in drug rehab programs.

The board agreed to reinstate his license for general
underground mining but not blasting as long as he stayed in
counseling.

Miner Michael Miller says he has no problem and his case was a
misunderstanding after taking a small dose of painkillers.

The board reinstated less than half the licenses they considered
on Thursday.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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