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Site where an apartment complex once sat in West, Texas. Most of the complex, which was near the West Fertilizer Co. plant, was completely destroyed in the April 17, 2013 blast. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Officials In West Considering Building New Fertilizer Plant

As the state remembers West, Texas on the one-year anniversary of a deadly explosion, the mayor in the town acknowledged that local officials are considering building a new fertilizer plant.

04/17/2014

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

State Awards $4.8M To Recovery Efforts In West

State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

04/16/2014

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Residents Who Recorded West Plant Explosion Tell Story Behind Video

It was around 7:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013. Derrick Hurtt had just picked up his then 12-year-old daughter, Khloey, from their church in West, when they spotted a rising plume of dark smoke, and went to check it out.

CBS 11–04/15/2014

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Feds Grant $20M For Schools Ruined In Fertilizer Blast

A federal agency is granting $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

02/10/2014

Former West paramedic Bryce Reed is sentenced to 21 months in prison. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

21 Months For Former West Paramedic Who Built Pipe Bombs

An emotional Bryce Reed walked into court surrounded by his family and friends. The former paramedic from West came to hear his punishment after pleading guilty to possessing a pipe bomb, and trying to hide the components.

CBS 11–12/04/2013

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After Fertilizer Explosion West ISD Reclaiming The Gridiron

Just four months ago the West IISD football field played host to the darkest day in the city’s history. Instead of pads and helmets the turf was used as a triage center. Thursday night the football field will be used for its intended purpose.

CBSDFW.COM–08/29/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.

08/26/2013

West Middle School (credit: CBS 11)

Students In West Looking Forward To Fresh Start

West ISD has spent the past weeks scrambling to provide classroom space to replace the three schools damaged in April’s chemical plant explosion. And now, a sprawling maze of tan portable buildings surrounds the damaged frame of the old intermediate school.

08/26/2013

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Some Texas Non-Profits Eligible For Plant Explosion Disaster Help

Some private nonprofit groups in Central Texas impacted by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are eligible to seek low-interest federal disaster loans.

08/06/2013

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President Obama & Private Sector Try To Improve Safety After Deadly Explosion in West

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

08/01/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

The current wave of potential fertilizer plant expansions come with concerns. A blast at a West, Texas fertilizer plant in April killed 15 people , highlighting the dangers of such facilities and how loosely they’re regulated.

07/18/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

3 Months After Blast Boil Water Order Lifted For City Of West

Nearly three months after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, experts say it’s now safe to drink water from all public supplies in the City of West.

07/10/2013

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