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Miners remembered at church services in West Virginia

January 22, 2006 - Posted at 2:03 p.m. CST

MELVILLE, W.Va. (AP) _ The two men killed in a West Virginia
coal mine have been remembered during church services today.

At Sunbeam Chapel just down the road from the mine, the Reverend
James Fortune called the tragedy a ''nightmare.''

He says with the mining industry a part of everyday life, the
deaths of the miners break the heart of the entire community.

But he says people ''all just come together and weep together.''

The deaths brought the toll of West Virginia miners killed on
the job to 14 in less than a month and prompted renewed calls to
improve mine safety.

Governor Joe Manchin is planning to introduce legislation
tomorrow dealing with rapid responses in emergencies, electronic
tracking technology, and reserve oxygen stations for underground
miners.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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