Judge says ex-coal chief can't go to Las Vegas for holiday



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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge says former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship can't spend Memorial Day in Las Vegas.

U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort denied Blankenship's travel request on Tuesday. VanDervort's ruling says the conditions of Blankenship's pre-trial release don't include traveling to Las Vegas to attend to personal matters.

Blankenship's attorneys had asked the court to allow him to go home to Las Vegas for a week, including the holiday. They said he wanted to meet with attorneys and visit a dentist there, and attend to other personal matters.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at a former Massey coal mine in West Virginia where an explosion killed 29 men in 2010. His travel is restricted to West Virginia, Pike County in Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

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