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2 Enter Guilty Pleas After Plane Wreck Foils Plan

Two people whose plan to sell more than 160 pounds of marijuana was revealed when their small plane crashed earlier this year have entered guilty pleas in federal court in West Texas.

08/02/2013

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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

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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

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Verbal Fireworks At Capitol Hill Hearing Over Deadly Explosion In West

Experts blamed lax regulations and a patchwork of safety standards with many large holes for leading to the fertilizer plant explosion last April that killed 15 people in West.

CBS 11–06/27/2013

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Agency Investigating West Blast Finds Lax Regulation Of Chemicals

A federal agency investigating the deadly April explosion at the fertilizer plant in West told a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a “patchwork” of standards.

06/27/2013

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Texas Lawmakers Request Changes After West Explosion

Two months to the day after the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, killing 15 people, Texas lawmakers say they’re in no rush to propose tougher regulations or laws to prevent the tragedy from happening again.

06/17/2013

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Volunteers Demolish Buildings Damaged In West Explosion

Nearly two months ago, the West Fertilizer Plant exploded. The blast leveled a large part of the city. Thursday, workers started tearing down one of the large buildings damaged in the disaster

CBSDFW.COM–06/13/2013

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Hundreds In West Seek FEMA Help Since Plant Blast

Nearly 800 people have sought Federal Emergency Management Agency help since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Central Texas town.

06/06/2013

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Thousands Lose Power During Texas Storms

Overnight storms in the DFW area and West Texas have left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.

06/06/2013

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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)

Massive Demolition Of Blast-Damaged Homes In West

Work crews funded by a church are beginning an effort to knock down 50 unlivable homes in West, where a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town.

05/29/2013

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Texas Radioactive Waste Bill Killed For Error

A bill that would have dramatically changed the rules for a radioactive waste dump died in the Legislature because of a parliamentary error.

05/21/2013

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