A federal judge ruled with government prosecutors on many of the pending evidentiary motions that were decided on the eve of trial in the Don Blankenship case, according to a previously confidential transcript of a closed-door court session.

Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship worried that a company insider’s safety concerns would become public and said the person in a new corporate compliance position needed to focus more on Massey’s financial bottom line, the jury in Blankenship’s criminal trial heard Tuesday.

Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was urged to make major changes to reduce federal safety citations and reform the company’s program for reducing miner exposure to coal dust that causes black lung, according to a memo made public l…

Jurors in the criminal case against Don Blankenship on Friday afternoon listened to the former Massey CEO complain that the company’s board wouldn’t pay him enough and that his personal wealth was tied closely through stock ownership to the financial fortunes of Massey Energy.

The jury in the Don Blankenship criminal trial was sent home early Thursday after defense lawyers resumed their efforts to prevent jurors from ever hearing recordings of telephone conversations in which the former Massey Energy CEO dismisses the problem of black lung disease, complains he’s …

Former Massey Energy Co. executive Don Blankenship is either a profit-obsessed coal company CEO who condoned rampant safety violations at his operations or a mine safety innovator who stands wrongly accused by government officials who targeted him because he’s rich and outspoken, according t…

Jury selection in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship appeared to be nearing an end Tuesday, but news reporters remained barred from the proceedings, even during an hour-long session where U.S. District Judge Irene Berger announced key rulings on what evidence both…

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship refused on Monday to comment on a previously confidential memo that warned him of systematic safety problems at Massey mines less than a year before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.

As jury selection continues for the trial in the criminal case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, mine safety advocates say such prosecutions are extremely rare and that they hope the landmark case helps discourage other coal industry executives from condoning lawbreaking in t…

Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, then-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was warned by one of Massey’s top safety officials about serious problems at his company’s operations, according to a new memo that surfaced earlier this year and now is among the key evidence …

Potential jurors in the Don Blankenship criminal trial were quizzed this week about what they know about the former Massey Energy CEO, business dealings with one of Blankenship’s legal defense firms and whether they think upper-level executives are often wrongly held responsible for the acti…

With jury selection set to begin this morning in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, there was a flurry of new motions Wednesday and significant questions remained about the jury selection process itself and about the contours of the cases prosecutors and defe…

Defense lawyers for Don Blankenship late Friday asked a federal judge “on an emergency basis” to again delay the trial of the former Massey Energy CEO, saying they need more time to review newly released records from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Potential jurors in the criminal trial of Don Blankenship were asked if they’ve ever belonged to a union, what views they have about the former Massey CEO, and whether anyone they know has ever been hurt or killed while working in a coal mine.

Funerals for Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ankrom, Vada - 1 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Dillard, Helen - 11 a.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Greenlee, Margaret - 10 a.m., Bellemead United Methodist Church.

Harper, Carl - 10 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Humphrey, Connie - Noon, Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.  

Justice, Thelma - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Lanham, Kathy - 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

McDerment, Randall - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Russell, Michael - 4 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

White, Thomas - 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston.