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Santa's helper gives coal to Gov. Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An environmentalist dressed in a Santa suit has delivered lumps of coal for Christmas to Gov. Steve Beshear and other state officials who have done nothing to halt mountaintop removal mining.

Martin Mudd, a Lexington teacher and member of the environmental group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, donned the red suit and white beard on Monday to deliver coal to Beshear and lawmakers who were on his naughty list, including Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

Beshear and Gooch have been proponents of the mining industry.

Mudd and a handful of other environmentalists sang anti-mining songs that were remakes of traditional carols. One remake included the lyrics: "Go tell it on the mountain. We wish we could but it ain't there."

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