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Gary Quarles, Clay Mullins and Betty Harrah hold pictures of family members killed at the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in April 2010. The coal mine explosion killed 29 men — and despite evidence that the explosion was the result of poor company safety practices, there have been no reforms passed to tighten mine safety laws. The three were on Capitol Hill yesterday to urge Congress to act, now more than two years after the explosion.

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