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After the deaths of three rescuers, it's unlikely that six trapped coal miners will be found alive. The controversies over Utah's Crandall Canyon coal mine, the Bush Administration's approach to mine safety and the future of coal—which now provides half of America's electrical energy.  Also, Texas prepares for Dean, the first major storm of the season and, on Reporter's Notebook, an undocumented mother is deported to Mexico while her son stays in the US.  We hear about the new sanctuary movement.


Miners at work at the Crandall Canyon coal mine August 14, 2007 near Huntington, Utah. Rescue workers are trying to locate six trapped miners following the August 6 cave-in.
Photo: UtahAmerican Energy Inc. via Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo
Dan Konecky

Making News Mexico Braces for Dean, First Major Storm of the Season 6 MIN, 3 SEC

Dean is the first big hurricane of the season.  It has battered Jamaica, and is moving toward Mexico. Texas Governor Jim Perry says he’s not taking any chances. He's called in skilled rescue teams and state military forces to help those who cannot evacuate on their own. Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is a public affairs officer for the National Hurricane Center.

Guests:
Dennis Feltgen, National Hurricane Center

Main Topic Coal Mine Safety and America's Energy Future 35 MIN, 15 SEC

Crandall Canyon coal mine officials in Utah say it's now "likely" that six trapped miners may not be found alive. Three rescuers have already died trying, but families of victims are angry at coal operators, the federal Mining Safety and Health Administration and Utah's Intermountain Power Agency, accusing them of giving up too soon. Was Crandall Canyon's operation too dangerous from the beginning? Has the Bush Administration traded safety enforcement for "compliance?" With coal now supplying 50% of electricity in the United States, what role will it play in America's energy future? 

Guests:
Bruce Watzman, Vice President for Health and Safety at the National Mining Association
Davitt McAteer, Former Chief of the Mine Safety and Health Administration
Jeff Goodell, Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone

Reporter's Notebook High-Profile Mexican Mother of American Boy Deported 7 MIN, 25 SEC

Last year, Elvira Arellano was convicted of using a false Social Security number to get a job at O'Hare International Airport. Instead of presenting herself for deportation, she sought refuge in Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church and began publicly advocating immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship. This weekend, she came to Los Angeles to speak. Yesterday, as she was leaving the Queen of Angeles Catholic Church, her car was surrounded by 15 or 16 agents of ICE. Last night, she was deported. Juan Martínez is Assistant Dean of the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, where he heads the Hispanic Church Studies Department.

Guests:
Juan Martinez, Assistant Dean for Hispanic Church Studies at Fuller Seminary

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