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into he big ten tournament, a terrific basketball team, a buzz saw today in terms of attitude and preparation for indiana. >> ian: offensive rebound and a foul given. layman. >> bill: down on the bottom. >> ian: juwan morgan is fouled from behind. >> bill: the hustle plays. most of them have gone to indiana. >> ian: williams upset at himself that he missed the free throws. indiana retains it and morgan, a 76% shooter is at the stripe. >> bill: the pieces fit for indiana. it's not like there is a buzz saw of overall talent but as a team they're magnificent contributors. >> ian: they won the big ten title in 2013. they lost their top four scorers
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oladipo and zeller. tom crean has been able to get this team back to that high level. >> bill: it's the speed of the game that's devastating. you've got to match it. the push. the willingness to spread and attack stretches your d. tough pass. >> ian: ferrell. the turnover. >> bill: he knows. a little giveaway. trimble a little frustrated. how smart is he? didn't go all the way -- actually picked it up, i think he was going to make a play for a cutting hoosier. >> i thought you were going to say "smarter than your average point guard." >> bill: that he is. that's not going out on a limb. >> ian: i'm like your "boo-boo." >> bill: hurt his shoulder again. >> ian: a left-shoulder injury he was dealing with heading into this game.
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again -- even though he's bending over, excruciating pain. >> ian: he aggravated it against iowa. tom crean comes over. the medical staff will come over. dr. steve opfelt who played here for bob knight. >> ian: doing his job trying to tip a ball, and did, by the way, did his job. >> bill: did and paid for it, and tom was saying to both of us that at the end of the year, it's happened so often they're going to have to address it. god bless him, huh? >> ian: indiana playing without robert johnson. high left-ankle sprain. morgan was a question mark for
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hartman was a question mark for this game. they help the freshman to the locker room with 1:20 left to play. >> bill: yesterday he was saying "i feel pretty good. ready to go." remember the rebounding he got earlier in the game, soaring -- tom and the staff, tim buckley worked hard, chuck martin, rob judson, on the other end i spoke to hall of famer at st. mary's who watches the games, he studied, by the way -- la salle guy. >> ian: brantley in for maryland, trimble will sit and melo trimble wraps up his day with 17 points. four rebounds. three assists. >> bill: indiana puts so much pressure on you. constant. every trip. you've got to match it. >> ian: 17 for yogi ferrell.
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>> ian: layman gives it away. williams is fouled and now it's all window dressing for indiana. >> ian: layman has fouled out. the big ten tournament coming up in indianapolis. indiana will be in the be one seed. michigan state the two. maryland entering action could have been the three, or the four. either way, they've got the double bye which was a big key for mark turgeon. >> bill: that's what his concern was. they've got a few days to get back together and get organized. this was a terrific performance. who was ready. watching practice, tom didn't want any letdown. layman's playing the game with them, not sitting down -- you get that reaction at home, don't
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>> ian: yeah, left, right. billy, maryland will be a part of it, indiana will be a part of it. we'll have it for you -- the big ten tournament, semifinals and finals on cbs from indianapolis next weekend. >> bill: from beginning to end. >> ian: it's going to be a battle too. >> bill: it's going to be a great tournament. seven guaranteed, maybe eight teams. >> ian: depending on michigan. >> bill: yeah. >> ian: final 45 seconds. williams makes his move. hangs and hits. 80-62. williams has 23 to lead the hoosiers. >> bill: when he finishes at the rim, ooh, does that complement their sets.
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time out, continue play to get seniors in. >> ian: nickens had it blocked. anunoby. 20 seconds left. >> bill: they're going to call a time out and keep playing. just to keep playing. yeah. just to get the seniors in. >> ian: senior day. yogi ferrell. >> ian: indelible impact that he's had on this program. >> bill: a keeper. early in the year, struggled a little bit. notre dame game seems, tom, to have turned the season around for them -- buckley with the hug -- why not? he is hugable. i've seen him play a lot of good games.
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>> ian: jackson tharp is in. >> bill: don't rub it in. >> ian: he wants to get one more player in. tim priller. >> bill: something to talk about the rest of your life. >> ian: indiana riding the waves. big ten champions. they will enter the conference tournament as the number one seed. a convincing 80-62 win over maryland. the number 12 hoosier defeat the number 14 terrapins. for bill raftery, tracy wolfson and the rest of our crew, this is ian eagle saying so long from bloomington.
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>> breaking news alerts and the hour-by-hour forecast from the weather authority. this is local 12 news. >> good evening. we start with some sad news tonight. former first lady nancy reagan has died at the age of 94. she lived a listening life that included working as an an actress and launching the just say no anti-drug campaign. kenneth craig takes a look at reagan's life and legacy.
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nancy davis and was already a working actress when her future husband entered the scene. >> i was afraid you wouldn't come. >> she acted in 11 feature films before becoming a full-time mother to patty and ross, then-first lady of california and a few years later first lady of the white house. swear. >> two months of his inauguration, president reagan survived an assassination attempt that helped shape nancy reagan's self-appointed role in the white house as personal protector for the president, she reviewed his schedules and consulted an astrologer for advice on security. >> i was so obsessed with his safety that any time he went out of the house, i think my heart stopped. >> that devote went both ways. friends called the reagan's marriage the greatest love affair in the history of the american presidency. as they settled into washington, mrs. reagan launched an ambitious renovation of the white house, then moved on to
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became part of her legacy. her "just say no" campaign swept across the country and into schools, eventually bringing her to the united nations as the first first lady to address the general assembly. she stayed on the sideline of political policy but was there when her husband couldn't find the words. >> doing everything we can. >> doing everything we can. >> a few years after leaving the white house, ronald reagan announced his battle with alzheimer's disease, and nancy devoted herself to nursing her husband as his mind slipped away. >> that's the worst part about this disease. there's nobody to exchange memories with. >> after ronald reagan's death, she put herself at odds with other republicans by pushing for federal funding for stem cell research to try the find a cure for alzheimer's. >> we've lost so much time already, and i just really can't bare to lose any more. >> she traveled to washington for the unveiling of her husband's statue and she kept hand in politics, endorsing john mccain's run for the white
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>> this is the nominee of the party. >> nancy reagan suffered falls and visibly slowed with age. she was escorted by former president george w. bush at the 2011 funeral of fellow former first lady betty ford. but her last years were lonely. she visited her husband's grave on the 10th anniversary of his death as she did every year, even as she grew more frail. she once said the pain of his loss only got worse. kenneth craig, cbs news. >> ohio and kentucky republicans are remembering nancy reagan tonight. ohio attorney general mike dewine says, "nancy reagan used her position as first lady to encourage our kids to just say no to drug, which is a message that remains relevant today." ohio governor john kasich says, "president reagan has been reunited with his wife and partner, but america and the reagan family have lost a woman of grace and strength." and finally senate majority
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"in many ways the reagan love story was classic hollywood, but it was unmistakably human, too. hands intertwined, nancy and ron rose to the pinnacle of political power, weathered cancer and personal heart attack, embraced the deaths of alzheimer's cold embrace always together." meanwhile, tonight cincinnati police are investigating a shooting in west price hill that has left man with serious injuries. officers were called to a home on trenton avenue near west 8th about 3:00 p.m. police found man outside a house who had been shot multiple times. the 31-year-old was taken to the hospital. police say they are looking for
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forecast. good evening. tri-state. no rain or snow anticipated tonight or on monday. they will be breezy tomorrow and breezy through midweek. we will drop down to 40 degrees in cincinnati overnight. tomorrow. no rain, no snow. much warmer air on the way to kick off the work week. notice all the high-level oxford. the temperature is far away
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i suggest any rain trying to fall over spreading the ohio valley would be unsuccessful in reaching the ground. low-level moisture comes our way late in the week and that will bring rain and storms. in the short-term, high-level clouds. sunshine tomorrow. it will be highly filtered thanks to the clouds coming from the west. we will be warmer and breezy the next couple days. dew point now 35 in cincinnati. we have a dry air mass in place. we have highly filtered sun. temperature 50 in the queen city. this morning on good morning cincinnati, a bubble of warmth to the west is coming our way. it made it into the low 50s this afternoon. tomorrow, we are up into the 60s. look at all the clouds coming in from the west.
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no low-level clouds anticipated tonight. notice, no rain close to cincinnati. you have to go into the great lakes or well down into the southwestern part of the u.s. to see any precipitation dear the tri-states. look at all the clouds coming from the west. there will come through in waves. occasionally, we see clouds breaking up in spots. clouds will be an abundance through the next several hours. as you head back to work or school tomorrow morning, tim back in. still high clouds, but still dry. tomorrow at noon, it still high clouds, but no rain. we will stay dry all the way through tuesday even though showers may clip parts of indiana and ohio on monday. monday evening, they will say outside the local 12 viewing area. outside of high clouds tonight, down to 41 by 6:00 in the morning. we are up to 65 degrees by 4:00 in the afternoon.
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potential for localized flooding later on in the week. i believe we will see a quarter to half inch of rain from thursday through sunday with isolated higher totals. the flooding trend has gone down. still a risk for a thunderstorm. that suggests pockets of heavier rain. that is a concern late in the week. before the rain returns, we're warm and breezy. nice taste of spring on the way. you're thinking about next weekend. it is going to be cool compared where we will be in the next talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, scream. only one guy's done more than talk. kasich. he'll do for a fmerica what he's doneor us. create jobs.undred t ho us four hand jobsere in ohio. h brought 'em bahick from mexico and cna. turned our deficit into
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back-to-back senior day for cincinnati. men's college basketball.
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24th ranked msu. the seniors have won my shocked to see ncaa tournament, so this a must win.bearcats made it to the tune of five straight years. corey flushes that.he had 10 and seven and 17 minutes. he needed that. that will belong to that man right there, kevin johnson. ellis throw down. caupain 14 points. you --uc up. bearcats 24 and 30 from the line. 29 percent from the field. uc when 61-54. what does nick think about his team's chance? >> i think we have the same
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we play in the league with five teams that are tournament teams. houston may go to the tournament. they're probably favored to win the conference tournament the way they are playing right now. how we can be in a league with that many good teams being 22 and nina not being it would be you tell me. some of those teams don't leave their state or their gym. the don't play anybody and then they go there conference may go 99 in there in and we are not. it's comical. you want to tell me where no one of the better teams? come on. it's a joke. look at some of the people i talk about. that's why don't like talking about it. it's a joke. >> anchor: that's funny. xavier closed out the regular season yesterday on senior day. a win over creighton. 26 regular wins. tray vaughn blue and edward sumner won big honors today. 15 points.
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he's third among freshmen in scoring. great honors. lots more basketball, or hopefully much more basketball. >> keep getting the reps soon. hopefully were going to put it all together. i think everybody goes out and plays hard. i don't think it's lack of play. i think we just got to come together and get more focused.
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as u is going to be a pretty nice night. >> scott: a fight it looks like it's going to be a little rain. up to 65 tomorrow. that is a springlike forecast. dry tomorrow. dry tuesday. breezy. rain chances return late
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we >> i was a snowboarding instructor, a bouncer in a nightclub. >> laura logan: and now 44-year- old justin trudeau is a world leader. the new prime minister of canada and his wife will be guests of honor at a white house state dinner later this week. crisis will likely be on the menu. while we were with trudeau we found out he loves to box and is not afraid of a fight. all about how hard you can hit your opponent.
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it's about how hard of a hit you can take and keep going. >> i am no expert but from what i know, what happened in the things that were torn up, it had to be like an atomic explosion. >> anderson cooper: he is talking about the explosion that killed 29 coal miners in a mine run by the man known as the king of coal, who just became the first c.e.o. of a major american company convicted of a workplace safety crime. >> this was a coal mine and a company that was, not an exaggeration to say run, as a criminal enterprise. >> this can be likened to a drug organization and the defendant was the kingpin. >> bill whitaker: all the condemned men in texas, about 250 of them, are held in one place: death row in livingston. the prison let us inside to speak with several condemned killers just weeks before their executions. what they told us in their final
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>> what do you think you will be thinking? >> if i am going to hell or heaven. if i am going to hell or heaven. >> i am steve kroft. >> i am lesley stahl. >> i am anderson cooper. >> i am bill whitaker. >> i am lara logan. >> i am scott pelley. those stories tonight on "60 minutes." >> cbs money watch pup date sponsored by lincoln financial. calling all chief life officers. >> glor: >> glor: good evening. an iranian billionaire was sentenced to death for embezzling from iran's state-run oil company. china said today it punished nearly 300,000 officials for corruption last year. and peyton manning is retiring as the highest-paid player in nfl history, earning nearly $250 million, not including endorsements.
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>> lara logan: when justin trudeau comes to washington later this week, canada's new prime minister will become the first canadian leader in almost
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the white house with a state dinner. it's an important relationship - - the u.s. gets more oil from canada than any other country and it's one of this nation's biggest trading partners. but relations lately have been a little frosty, after years of conservative leadership in ottawa that was often at odds with the obama administration. that changed when 44 year old trudeau took office last fall. his father, prime minister pierre trudeau, famously made canada one of the most progressive countries in the world and many in canada wonder if justin trudeau would ever have made it to the country's top office without the most storied name in canadian politics. >> logan: you've had a somewhat unusual path to this office of prime minister. >> justin trudeau: well, i was-- i was a snowboard instructor, i was a bouncer in a nightclub-- i was a white water river guide
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i worked as a teacher. you know, i make no apologies for a very varied-- set of life experiences. >> logan: but it's also opened you up to criticism. i mean, we've heard it, you've heard it. you know what people say, that you're too young, you're inexperienced, that, you don't have what it takes to do this job. >> justin trudeau: well, i-- the way i respond to it is by ignoring it. i mean, you-- you cannot let yourself be defined by the-- hopes that you will fulfill the darkest wishes of your opponents. ( cheers and applause ) >> logan: justin trudeau's sweeping victory was not expected. >> justin trudeau: this is what positive politics can do!! >> logan: a few weeks earlier, his liberal party was last in the polls. yet when the votes were counted, he'd done what no other leader in canada had ever done: >> justin trudeau: thank you, merci, merci beaucoup! >> logan: taken his party from its worst defeat in the last
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snatching power from the conservatives after nearly a decade of rule. in that moment of victory, his youth, his looks and his family name captivated the world. >> he's so handsome! >> logan: is that daunting? >> justin trudeau: it is what it is. i look at what i have as a challenge and i could list a whole bunch of different challenges. and i choose not to be daunted by any of them. >> logan: undaunted, and still untested, with a majority government that gives him significant power he says he'll use to return the country to its liberal roots. he's already fulfilled one of the boldest promises of his campaign: welcoming 25,000 syrian refugees, some of them in person. >> justin trudeau: welcome to your new home. >> a time when the u.s. has taken in a little over 2,000 refugees from syria. and governments are more concerned than ever about
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>> justin trudeau: we were able to actually go and pick and choose and screen and bring over and that gives us a much greater and that gives us a much greater over who's actually going to come in. >> logan: but are you saying or do you acknowledge that there is still a risk? >> justin trudeau: every time a tourist or an immigrant or a country, there's a security risk. and i am more than comfortable that doing what we've done, accepting in 25,000 syrian refugees, does right by both the safety of canadians and by the values that define us as a nation. >> logan: would you be just as comfortable if there was a terrorist attack carried out by someone who came through as a refugee? >> justin trudeau: ultimately, being open and respectful
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powerful as a way to diffuse hatred and anger than-- you know, layering on, you know, big walls and oppressive policies. >> logan: his commitment to openness is reminiscent of his father, pierre, who's regarded as one of the founders of modern canada. >> pierre trudeau: canada must be progressive, and canada must be a just society. >> logan: he enshrined into law a charter of rights and freedoms, similar to the u.s.'s bill of rights, that still defines what it means to be canadian today. and he made the country officially bilingual, giving french the same status as english. known as much for his towering intellect, as his glamour and charm, he dominated canadian politics for nearly two decades. >> reporter: and once again that's? >> pierre trudeau: justin. >> logan: and from the moment his son was born on christmas day in 1971, justin trudeau was
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spotlight. every step, including some of his first, chronicled by a nation obsessed. >> tv announcer: with his eldest son justin was in tow. >> logan: his dad took him all over the world to meet popes and prime ministers and royalty, his little brothers sometimes at his >> reporter: what did you think of lady diana? >> young justin trudeau: oh she was very beautiful, and i'm glad that prince charles has picked her. >> logan: it was a unique childhood, but it defined him in canada as pierre trudeau's son, and he struggled to break free of that legacy. you still face the people who say, "this guy didn't earn it. you know, he's trading on his father's glorious past." >> justin trudeau: i'm proud to be his son. and i-- and i don't mind-- that people remember that. i think that's a good thing. but one of the things that comes with that is having lived all my life with people who would criticize me without knowing me because they didn't know my
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or people who loved me without knowing me because they loved my father. >> logan: and both are false. >> justin trudeau: both are false. >> logan: in 2012, four years into his political career, he chose an unusual way to prove he was more than the spoiled son of canadian royalty. >> justin trudeau! >> logan: he turned an annual charity boxing match into a political opportunity, challenging patrick brazeau, a senator from the opposition who had a black belt in karate. canadians took one look at the two of them, and said trudeau had lost his mind. the first round went as expected. but he and his trainer ali nestor, had prepared for this battle.
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outlast him. >> sophie trudeau: i think i was laughs ) looking through the fingers. it was not easy. >> logan: trudeau's wife sophie was in the crowd. >> sophie trudeau: you're thinking, why is he doing this again? and i don't like seeing this. but had told me so many times, "i got this. it's not gonna be easy. i got it. i can do it." >> logan: did you know the strategy going in? >> sophie trudeau: i did know that, but he-- he admitted that the punches were with such strength and force, he had been punched before but not with that strength. and-- there were some moments where-- you know, he was seeing stars. but he-- he stayed upright. >> logan: trudeau held firm to the plan and when brazeau tired, pounded him into submission. the referee had to step in before the end of the third round. >> did not even go to the end, not even close. >> justin trudeau: people think
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hard you can hit your opponent. it's not. boxing is about how hard a hit you can take and keep going. that ultimately is much more the measure of a person than someone who says, "oh, i've never been knocked down," or, "i've never been punched in the face." well, you know what? maybe you should have. you might learn a few things about yourself. >> logan: the prime minister still boxes at the same gym in montreal where he and ali trained for the fight. we stopped by to watch them work out. the kids here all know him and still call him by his first name. with his triumph in the ring, trudeau proved he was tougher than most people thought. >> logan: ..a strength that came in part from a life defined not just by privilege, but by tragedy. his mother, a media sensation nearly 30 years younger than her husband, struggled with mental illness - then undiagnosed.
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her boys, the painful separation played out in the tabloids. and when trudeau's younger brother michel was killed in an avalanche in 1998, the loss was very public. trudeau says his father was never the same. ( bells pealing ) >> logan: pierre trudeau died two years later. it was the largest state funeral in their history and more than 20 million canadians watched justin trudeau, then 28, deliver the eulogy for his father. >> justin trudeau: united in our grief, to say goodbye. >> logan: that was-- a moment that had lasting impact. why do you think that was? >> justin trudeau: i denied this for a long time. i think there was a sense of showing people what a great
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love his sons were capable of giving him. >> logan: today, it's his family people come to see. his children growing up in the spotlight, unphased by cameras and temperatures well below zero at the popular winter carnival in quebec city, where we joined them in a ritual he and his father used to enjoy. much of his time as prime minister is spent here on parliament hill in ottawa, the country's capital. this is what they call the lifeblood of canada's democracy, where laws are made and trudeau responds in public to questions from the opposition. the hallways we walked with him are filled with his memories. his father lay in state here and his portrait hangs on the wall, a constant reminder of the man >> logan: how long have you been in politics? about eight years? >> justin trudeau: about eight years. yeah. to prime minister for-- (
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in about eight years? >> justin trudeau: things fell into place. there was an opportunity for fresh leadership. and i was-- i was successful. >> logan: under his leadership, canada is redefining its role in the world. he pulled the country's fighter jets out of the u.s.-led air war against isis, but more than doubled the number of advisors on the ground. your role in this war is bigger now than it was with just six planes in the sky. >> justin trudeau: there's a lot of countries that do very well at dropping bombs. there are other things that canada actually does better than most other countries. and one of them is training people on the ground. >> logan: but it's not disengagement. in fact, it's a -- >> justin trudeau: no. >> logan: --deeper engagement in the war. >> justin trudeau: indeed. >> logan: trudeau's father liked to say that hockey players and cold fronts were canada's main exports. but the u.s. relies on its northern neighbor for more than that.
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than eight million americans depend on canada for their jobs, and nearly $2 billion in trade flows across the border every day. on the eve of his visit to the white house, we asked the prime minister about canadians' feelings toward the us and were surprised at his candor. >> logan: what do canadians not like about the u.s? >> justin trudeau: i had a conversation one time with an american parent of a friend of mine and she was a big supporter and i pointed out that if that person was run-- if indeed this man was running to be-- as americans like to say, the "most powerful man in the world", i just felt like it might be nice if they paid a little more attention to the world. so having a little more of an awareness of what's going on in the rest of the world i think is-- is what many canadians would hope for americans. because you can't be canadian
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>> anderson cooper: in december, for the first time in u.s. history, a c.e.o. of a major company was convicted of a workplace safety crime. his name is don blankenship and he was once known as the "king of coal". the company he ran, massey energy, owned more than 40 mines in central appalachia, including the upper big branch mine, located in montcoal, west virginia, a state where coal is the dominant industry. in 2010, the upper big branch mining disaster in the u.s. in 40 years. the kind of accident that isn't supposed to happen anymore. it was just after three o'clock on april 5, when a massive explosion tore through miles of underground tunnels, killing 29 miners. prosecutors accused don
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safety laws and fostering a corporate mentality that allowed the disaster to occur. >> stanley stewart: it was tremendous. i'm no expert, but just from what i know of what happened and the things that were torn up in there, it had to be like an atomic explosion. >> cooper: stanley stewart worked at the upper big branch mine for 15 years. he was 300 feet underground and had just started his shift when the explosion occurred. >> stewart: i felt a little breeze of air coming from inside. and i said "that's not right". well then it got harder, and we just took off running to the outside, and looked and you could see the whoosh just keep coming and coming. seemed like for somewhere between two and four minutes. and one of the younger guys said "hey, what happened?" and i said "buddy, the place blew up". >> cooper: the explosion occurred 1,000 feet underground and nearly three miles inside the mine.
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safety and health administration, have never been seen before, and show the force of the blast. flames moving at more than 1,500 feet per second shot through more than 2.5 miles of underground tunnels. investigators believe the blast was caused by a spark that ignited methane gas that had built up due to inadequate ventilation. highly flammable coal dust that had been allowed to accumulate throughout the mine fueled the explosion. >> stewart: it was an early 1900's type of explosion. conditions should never have existed for that to take place. >> cooper: stewart was there when some of the 29 miners he'd worked side-by-side with for decades were brought to the surface. what kind of condition were they in? >> stewart: their faces were very black and it smelled like dynamite. i'll never forget that smell. >> cooper: the miners ranged in age from 20 to 61. most were fathers. a third were killed instantly.
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miner, and his wife shereen, lost their son jason, who was at the end of his shift and was heading toward the mine entrance, when he was overcome by toxic fumes. >> shereen atkins: the coal dust was so bad that it carried, it crying ) ...and took our son's life who was almost out of the mines. >> cooper: gary quarles, a 3rd generation coal miner, lost his only child gary wayne, who left behind two children. >> gary quarles: they lived right beside of us. and at times, we thought that wasn't a good thing for that to be like that. and then after he... ( crying ) after he got killed, i said that was a good thing. >> cooper: gary says he and his son never talked about safety issues in the mines but gary knew all about massey because he
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operated. they didn't know nothing but to lie, cheat and outlaw. that's the way they done things. >> steve ruby: this was a coal mine and a company that was, it's not an exaggeration to say, run as a criminal enterprise. >> cooper: assistant u.s. attorney steve ruby led the prosecution against don blankenship along with u.s. attorney for west virginia, booth goodwin. >> booth goodwin: this could be likened to a drug organization and the defendant was the kingpin. >> cooper: the defendant, don blankenship, had for decades been one of west virginia's most influential and powerful figures. the c.e.o. of massey energy, the largest coal producer in appalachia, he employed 5,800 people and operated more than 40 mines. blankenship wouldn't do an interview with "60 minutes" but prosecutors say for years he condoned and tolerated safety violations for the sake of profit. >> ruby: right up until the time the upper big branch mine blew up, that was the way that the
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blankenship wanted it run. >> cooper: that was the corporate mentality that he instilled in his company. >> booth: right. that was the culture that existed. >> cooper: profits over safety. >> booth: profits over safety. he set the tone. he set the corporate culture. >> cooper: despite receiving daily reports of the high number of safety violations, prosecutors argued blankenship did little to correct them because upper big branch was a big moneymaker for massey, earning more than $600,000 a day, and blankenship's pay was directly tied to every foot of coal mined. in his last three years at massey, blankenship's total compensation was more than $80 million. >> ruby: the men and women that we talked to who worked in this mine said that it was absolutely understood, it was expected that if you worked at that mine, you were going to break the law in order to produce as much coal as possible, as fast and as cheaply as possible. >> bobbie pauley: everything was
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it didn't make any difference of the dangers. it didn't make any difference if you had to take shortcuts. it was all about put the coal on the belt. >> cooper: bobbie pauley was the only female miner at upper big branch. she wasn't working the day of the explosion but her fiance e boone payne was. he died in the blast. bobbie says she and boone worried every day the mine was an accident waiting to happen. everyone knew there were problems? everyone knew there were safety issues? >> pauley: absolutely. we all knew. >> cooper: was there enough air in the mine? >> pauley: our section never had air. >> cooper: ventilation is critical to mine safety because fresh air carries explosive coal dust and methane out of the area where miners work. without adequate ventilation and proper clean up, coal dust accumulates, and is not only highly flammable, it can cause black lung disease, which most of the miners killed in the explosion were later found to have. >> stewart: a lot of times we wouldn't have any ventilation at all. you couldn't see your hand in
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>> cooper: really? you couldn't see your hand in >> stewart: could not see your hand in front of your face. >> cooper: and that's because there's not air fresh air moving through? >> stewart: right, right. >> cooper: it's all dust? >> stewart: all dust. >> ruby: this is what's called a >> cooper: as part of their case, prosecutors showed jurors the pumps miners were supposed to wear to measure their intake of coal dust, but at upper big branch, bobbie pauley says they were routinely instructed by their bosses to cheat on the test, by hanging the pumps in the fresh air. >> pauley: so your measurements when they were tested came in compliant with the law. >> cooper: federal mine inspectors visited upper big branch almost daily but illegal advance warning system in place. security guards at the entrance would relay messages to miners underground alerting them an inspector was coming. >> cooper: they would use code words? >> stewart: yeah, bad weather. >> cooper: they would say it's bad weather? >> stewart: uh-huh. which means, we'll let you know if he's coming your way or going some other way.


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