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Power Breakfast: Federal Investigation Of W. Va. Coal Mining Accident

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Senator Joe Manchin, spoke last week at a hearing on the accident and the ongoing federal investigation.

"This has not been forgotten. It will not be forgotten," he said. "We want the families to know that we're doing everything humanly possible. We want to make sure we have the technical changes to make it safer."

Manchin, the former West Virginia Governor, is not a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, but he sat in on the hearing. At such times, Congress walks a fine line on the path to new regulatory solutions.

"First of all, what you do is you look at the laws you have on the books and, have they been enforced? And we know -- and I'm not blaming -- but it's everyone's fault," Manchin says. "They could have done a much better job of enforcing what laws were on the books. But you've got to be careful about throwing more laws on when you're not even enforcing what you have. That's the concern I think a lot of people had. There's some areas where they don't have enough enforcement powers that they need."

The final results of a federal investigation will be released June 29 at the U.S. Labor Department's mine safety offices in the town of Beckley.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. We get an update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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