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Grand Jury Indicts Harlan County Coal Company for Violating Federal Mine Safety Laws

By The Associated PressA federal grand jury has indicted a coal company and three operators at a Harlan County mine where an underground miner was killed in a roof fall last year.The 32-count indictment issued today in London charges Manalapan Mining Company and three officials with violating federal mine safety laws related to underground mine roof structures. It says the three officials — the mine operations manager, superintendent and a foreman — "failed to report and record hazardous conditions" at its P-1 mine in Pathfork.The indictment says preshift records kept by the officials dating from June 13 to June 28 were falsified. On June 29, 46-year-old David Partin died at the P-1 mine when a mine roof collapsed.A spokesman at Manalapan Mining did not immediately return a call today.