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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)

West Planning Remembrance Program On Explosion Anniversary

The City of West is planning a remembrance program on the one year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

CBS 11–02/27/2014

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Former West Paramedic Sentenced In Pipe Bomb Case

A former paramedic in the Texas town of West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people earlier this year, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty in a pipe bomb case that isn’t linked to the blast.

CBS 11–12/04/2013

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Greenville Residents Fearful Of Proposed Fertilizer Mixing Plant

A proposed fertilizer mixing plant near downtown Greenville has city leaders asking questions—and many residents voicing concerns.

CBS 11–09/10/2013

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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

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

West ISD Says It Will Be Ready For The New School Year

It is far from an ideal situation, but West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford said the district will be ready for students come the first day of classes on August 26th.

08/13/2013

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

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Watchdog Group Keeps Its Focus On Nonprofits

Days after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado donations from across the country poured into the American Red Cross. But a watchdog group that keeps a close eye on non-profits, like the Red Cross, raised some red flags when they realized not all of the money would go to the victims of the Moore disaster.

06/27/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Agency Studying West Fertilizer Plant Fire & Explosions To Prevent Similar Occurance

It was one month ago when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, killing 15 people and injuring 200 others.

05/17/2013

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West One Month Later, Cause Of Blast Still Undetermined

After a nearly one month long investigation involving 29 state and federal agencies and more than 100 people, the state fire marshal and ATF say they have ruled the cause of the fire undetermined.

05/16/2013

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

Authorities: Crime Not Ruled Out In West Explosion

One month after a fire triggered a massive blast in West, Texas killing 15 people, officials on Thursday had to declare the cause of the blaze as “undetermined.”

05/16/2013

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Willie Nelson Raises $125K For West & Abbott Volunteer Firefighters

At the West Volunteer Fire Department, a day of mixed emotions. As they continue to mourn their seven firefighters killed when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, they take comfort in the generosity of country superstar Willie Nelson.

05/13/2013

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U.S. Homeland Security Investigating West Fertilizer Plant

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is investigating the blast along with the Texas State Fire Marshal.

04/29/2013

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