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FEMA Reverses Course, Approves Aid For West Fertilizer Plant Blast

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding Friday to help rebuild the small Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes, damaged buildings and killed 15 people.

08/02/2013

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded  on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Legal Expert: City of West’s Lawsuit “Difficult Case To Win”

The City of West has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the fertilizer company that exploded and its supplier, but an environmental law attorney says it will be a difficult case.

CBS 11–06/24/2013

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

City Of West Files Lawsuit Against West Fertilizer Company

The City of West has filed a lawsuit against the West Fertilizer Company late Friday afternoon, in the wake of the April 17 explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200.

CBS 11–06/21/2013

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FEMA Denies Assistance To West After Deadly Explosion

The small city of West that was rocked by a powerful and deadly explosion is being jolted again: This time by FEMA.

06/12/2013

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Requirements Vary For FEMA Disaster Assistance

The individual victims of the West explosion are getting help. But the announcement that FEMA has denied disaster money, to help rebuild infrastructure destroyed in April’s fertilizer plant explosion, directly affects the city’s request for help.

CBS 11–06/12/2013

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West Fertilizer Co. Carried $1M Policy

The fertilizer plant that exploded last in West last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

05/04/2013

A makeshift sign is placed on the side of a road in West, Texas, on April 20, 2013, three days after the April 17 fertilizer plant blast which killed and injured residents of this small Texas community. At least 14 people were killed, most of them first reponders, and 60 people are missing following a powerful blast that destroyed the Texas fertilizer factory and dozens of nearby homes, officials said April 20.  AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In West

A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in West, Texas for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion.

CBS 11–05/04/2013

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Full-Scale Disaster Exercise In North Texas City

Today residents in Denton are probably hearing the words, “This is a test. This is only a test.” The City of Denton is conducting a full-scale emergency drill.

CBSDFW.COM–05/03/2013

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First Look Inside West Blast Zone

More West residents returned to their homes Sunday night as officials opened additional sections of the neighborhood for the first time since the explosion.

CBS 11–04/21/2013

Gov. Rick Perry comments on the fatal fertilizer plant explosion in West on April 18, 2013. (credit: KTVT/KTXA)

Gov. Perry Declares McLennan County A Disaster Area

At a news conference shortly before noon Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry announced he had requested an emergency declaration for McLennan County, where West is located.

CBS 11–04/18/2013

Coast Guard Attempts Burning Off Oil Leaking From Sunken Rig

Feds, Transocean Reach $1.4B Deal Over Gulf Spill

The Justice Department has reached a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

01/03/2013

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Garland To Hold Emergency West Nile Meeting

Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones has called an emergency meeting of the City Council to consider a disaster declaration related to the recent West Nile outbreak.

08/13/2012

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