West Texas

The West High School Junior Historian Czech Dancers performs on Thursday, Aug.  29, 2013, at a morning pep rally in West, Texas. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)

Football returns to Texas town hit by plant blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Four months after the local fertilizer plant blew up, killing 15 people, transforming the lives of everyone in town and destroying or damaging buildings for blocks around, including their high school, […]

08/29/2013

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Drought across the West spurs resurgence of faith

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Along the irrigation canal that cuts through this centuries-old New Mexico town, a small group of churchgoers gathers to recite the rosary before tossing rose petals into the water. Remnants of […]

05/03/2013

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Fathers, firefighters: Lives lost in West, Texas

WEST, Texas (AP) — On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns.

04/25/2013

Aerial photo of fertilizer plant that exploded in the city of West, Texas. (AP Photo)

Church in West held in field, pastor on flatbed

WEST, Texas (AP) — A church in a rural Texas town is holding Sunday worship in a hayfield since its building is blocked off due to the massive fertilizer blast. Families and firefighters in tiny […]

04/21/2013

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Texas town at center of blast shifts to recovery

WEST, Texas (AP) — Finally with a firm body count, the Central Texas town torn and bruised by a crater-making fertilizer plant explosion shifted toward recovery.

04/20/2013

Aerial photo of fertilizer plant that exploded in the city of West, Texas. (AP Photo)

Investigation of fertilizer plant blast beginning, 12 victims found

WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and the state fire marshal’s office will be moving toward an inspection of the site of Wednesday’s explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, looking for evidence that may point to a cause.

04/19/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

What You Missed on LA’s Morning News 4/18/13

Here are the news maker interviews you missed (or want to hear again) from this morning’s edition of LA’s Morning News with Penny Griego and Phil Hulett. 5:12 a.m. – AP Correspondent Warren Levinson is […]

04/18/2013

Fire burns at destroyed apartment complex near fertilizer plant explosion, West, Texas

Rescuers search ruins of Texas fertilizer plant

WEST, Texas (AP) — Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead.

04/18/2013

West Texas rail crossing had 10 previous accidents

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal records show there were 10 previous collisions at the same West Texas railroad crossing where a train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans and their families. Records reviewed by […]

11/16/2012