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Posted: Thursday, 03 July 2014 7:52AM

Grimes to talk mine safety in eastern Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will talk about coal mine safety and fighting black lung disease during a campaign stop at the site of the 1970 Hurricane Creek mining disaster Thursday morning.

Grimes' campaign told The Associated Press she will vow to support two pieces of coal mining legislation, both written by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The first bill would increase criminal penalties for mine safety violations and do more to protect people who report those violations. The second would make it easier for miners to apply for and receive benefits related to black lung disease.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has criticized Grimes for accepting donations from anti-coal groups and not mentioning coal when she appeared at a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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