Kresta in the Afternoon – April 6, 2010 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Kresta Comments

    Second Topic – Twenty-five miners dead in WV blast

    An underground mine explosion in Southern West Virginia has killed 25 miners.  Rescuers likely won't be able to resume their search until at least early this evening for the four miners who remain unaccounted for. The blast happened Monday afternoon at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in the heart of the Appalachian coalfields. Homer Hickam knows the area and coal mining very well.  The best-selling author of "Rocket Boys" about his boyhood in the Southern WV coalfields was made into the movie "October Sky". Hickam is himself a former miner and has written several books set in and around WV coal mines. He was asked to give the eulogy following the 2006 Sago mine disaster in his home state, and his Red Helmet Foundation endows college scholarships for the children of coal miners. He joins us.

    Third Topic – Archbishop Gómez to succeed Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles

    Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop José Gómez of San Antonio as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Born in Mexico in 1951 and ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1978, Archbishop Gómez was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Denver in 2001 and Archbishop of San Antonio in 2004. Archbishop Gómez will become Archbishop of Los Angeles upon the retirement of 74-year-old Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has led the United States' largest diocese since 1985. We talk with Deacon Pat Rodgers, Director of Communication in the Archdiocese of San Antonio about his loss and LA’s gain.

    Fourth Topic – Kresta Comments

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