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Governor Honors First Responders With Star Of Texas Awards

Texas’ everyday heroes were recognized and remembered today in Austin as Gov. Rick Perry called Texas police officers, firefighters and first-responders the “best the state has to offer” as he presented the ‘Star of Texas’ awards.

09/12/2013

A police officer displays his badge. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Texas Honors Killed & Hurt First Responders

Gov. Rick Perry and hundreds of teary-eyed family members honored police officers, firefighters and first responders killed or hurt in the line of duty with Star of Texas awards.

09/12/2013

Firefighter Matlock Jennings, firefighter William Wright, Nascar driver Kevin Harvick, firefighter Luke LaCroix, firefighter Diane Swaner, police officer Chad Davis, and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage pose for a group photo during a 9/11 Tribute event  at Texas Motor Speedway on September 11, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Kevin Harvick Participates In TMS 9/11 Event

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick joined first-responders from Texas and Oklahoma for a Sept. 11 tribute to those who served the region and those who died.

09/11/2013

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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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West Celebrates Culture & Recovery At Westfest

The 38th Annual Westfest kicked off this Saturday in West, and organizers are expecting the biggest crowd in the festival’s history.

08/31/2013

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First Westfest Since Explosion Set For Town

West is set hold its first Westfest since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion tore through the small community.

08/30/2013

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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Strained Conditions For Students In West

Students in West return to school on Monday morning under strained conditions, after an explosion rocked the city back in April.

08/26/2013

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Cruz To Speak At GOP Benefit For West

Sen. Ted Cruz is scheduled to speak at a GOP dinner to benefit the town of West. The McLennan County Republican Party is hosting the dinner Thursday night in Waco.

08/22/2013

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No Evidence Linking Ex-Paramedic To West Blast

The Texas Rangers have turned up no evidence linking a former paramedic from a small Central Texas town to a fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town.

08/06/2013

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Homebuilder Comes Out Of Retirement To Help Veterans In West

At the age of 76, two years after he retired, Dan Pokluda never thought he would be building houses again.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

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Displaced by Deadly Blast, West Residents Rebuilding, Moving Back Into Their Homes

In only eight days, Steven Kuchera, his wife Stephanie, and twin 17-year-old sons Jackson and Nick will be moving into their new home in West.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

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