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W.Va. settlements don't end Alpha's legal troubles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The resolution of wrongful death
lawsuits in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine disaster doesn't
mean Alpha Natural Resources' days in court are over.

When it bought Massey Energy, Virginia-based Alpha also
inherited a lawsuit by shareholders who say Massey misled them
about its safety record before the nation's worst mine disaster in
40 years.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, meanwhile, says his team continues
gathering evidence for possible prosecution of individuals
responsible for the 2010 explosion.

Goodwin won't predict whether or when charges could be filed. He
says it's a matter of having the evidence to prove beyond a
reasonable doubt that a crime was committed - and who committed it.

An ex-security chief was convicted in November of lying to
investigators and trying to destroy records. He awaits sentencing.


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