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Relatives angry over how they heard news of coal mine explosion

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (WKOW) -- Some family members of the victims of Monday's coal mine explosion in West Virginia say they are upset over how they heard the news: from government officials and web sites, instead of mining company execs.

One woman, whose father died in Monday's blast, says the workers "took a chance" every day for Massey Energy and "they couldn't even call us."

The company, based in Richmond, Va., is one of the nation's top five coal producers and among the industry's most profitable.

But state officials say the mine has a spotty safety record, including a history of violations for not properly ventilating methane, the highly combustible gas believed to be a factor in the accident.

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