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Presence Of Explosive Chemicals Often Kept Secret

Fears of terrorism have made it harder than ever for citizens to find out what dangerous chemicals lurk in their backyards. Secrecy and shoddy record-keeping have kept the public and emergency workers in the dark about stockpiles of explosive material.

05/30/2013

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)

Tears, Hugs In West As Large-Scale Demolitions Begin

The West First Baptist Church is paying the bill, using $200,000 in donations received from people across the state and nation to bring down the damaged homes.

05/29/2013

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ATF Investigating Blaze That Trapped & Killed Dallas Firefighter

CBS 11 News has learned federal agents are now investigating the six-alarm condominium fire in which a Dallas firefighter was trapped and killed.

CBS 11–05/22/2013

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Former West Paramedic Remains In Custody After Hearing Delayed

Through his attorney, Jonathan Sibley, the 31 year old pleaded not guilty to possessing a destructive device. Sibley disputes federal prosecutors’ accusations Reed had chemicals, metals, and other equipment to make a pipe-bomb.

05/15/2013

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West Medical Director Awaits Cause Of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Dr. George Smith credits God that he was able to get out from under the debris at the West nursing home minutes after the West Company fertilizer plant exploded.

05/14/2013

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former West Paramedic

A federal grand jury has indicted Bryce Reed, a former West paramedic, for possessing an unregistered firearm including components to make a pipe bomb.

05/14/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Volunteer Support In West Continues

The massive clean up in West, Texas seems to have only just begun. Many residents are now preparing for their condemned homes to be destroyed, including Joye Nors, who lived blocks away from the explosion site.

05/11/2013

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West Residents Shocked By Arrest

The arrest of Bryce Reed and the announcement of a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion in West are a couple of stunning changes in the story.

CBS 11–05/10/2013

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FEMA Sets Up Shop In West

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened its Disaster Relief Center Saturday to offer grants and other services to residents and businesses.

05/04/2013

The remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people were killed and more than 200 people were injured. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

State Agencies Never Considered Safety Of West Fertilizer Plant

A total of 28 state and federal agencies are investigating why the West Fertilizer Company’s plant caught fire and exploded two weeks ago.

05/01/2013

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Visitors Honor West High School Baseball Team

A baseball game between two high school teams usually invites tense competition. But before Tuesday’s game in West, the visiting team presented gifts to the opponents.

04/30/2013

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Musicians Join Forces For Plant Explosion Victims

More entertainers will be making music in support of a Central Texas town decimated in the deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival announced that next month’s performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West.

04/29/2013

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