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ALJ Ruling in Sago Mine Explosion Overturned

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has overturned a decision by Administrative Law Judge Jerold Feldman involving Wolf Run Mining Co.’s Sago Mine in Upshur County, W. Va., where 12 miners died in a massive explosion Jan. 2, 2006. The commission found that the mine operator’s failure to notify MSHA and mine rescue teams immediately after the explosion involved unwarrantable failure and high negligence.

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Housing Production Dips in December

Following an unusual surge in housing starts in November, nationwide housing production fell 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Bluegrass Buys Lafarge Assets in Maryland

Bluegrass Materials Co. reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Lafarge North America’s Maryland aggregates business, which includes operations in the greater Baltimore area and western Maryland.

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