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Alpha, W.Va. families settle wrongful death cases

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A lawyer for the estates of two Upper
Big Branch miners says Alpha Natural Resources has settled wrongful death lawsuits with the families of all 29 victims of West
Virginia's 2010 disaster.

Virginia-based Alpha didn't immediately confirm or comment on
the settlements Tuesday.

Attorney Mark Moreland says the final deals were cut after a
marathon mediation session in Daniels. He says Alpha also settled
lawsuits with at least seven miners hurt in the blast.

Moreland won't disclose the terms, which will require court
approval.

He says money is some compensation, but the losses in the
nation's worst mining disaster in four decades can never be fully
compensated. He says criminal prosecutions of mine managers would give families more closure.

Alpha inherited the lawsuits when it bought Massey Energy last
summer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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