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In the City of West, community members are opening a long-awaited museum that focuses on the history of the town. The idea stretches as far back as 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2013 that it gained real momentum when the History of West Museum board and members purchased a location for their Museum. 


Texas Has Most Hazardous Chemical Plants In U.S.

Dec 12, 2014
Jill Ament

After the 2013 fertilizer explosion in West, President Obama issued an executive order to make chemical facilities across the country safer. But since then, little has been done to secure those facilities and according to a Congressional report, Texas has the highest number of hazardous chemical plants in the nation.


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The road to recovery after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in April of 2013 continues for the city of West. Today West ISD officially broke ground on their new middle and high school campus – two schools destroyed by the deadly blast.


Students Work Summer Jobs For West Recovery

Aug 15, 2014
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This summer twenty-one college students and recent high school graduates in West got a summer job helping the town recover. Students worked on construction, cleanup, and organized an expanded library for the elementary school. The summer comes to a close this week for the student workers. 


The planned demolition of the historic old West High School has been put on hold. The School Board’s demo decision faced heavy opposition from community members during a public forum last night. 


West ISD Considers Concealed Carry On Campus

Jun 11, 2014
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Tonight the West ISD school board is discussing whether to let employees carry concealed handguns in school. Since last year’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, many of the district’s classrooms have been moved into portables. That has some school officials worried about safety. 


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Ammonium nitrate was the active ingredient in the West Fertilizer plant explosion last year. Monday, an agriculture industry group asked that even companies that every facility that stores the fertilizer report it. 


A Texas agriculture industry group is calling for more stringent reporting by people who possess the fertilizer ammonium nitrate. The Texas Ag Industries Association (TAIA) wants people with fewer than 10,000 pounds of the chemical to disclose to state officials how much they're storing and where.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office says the deaths of 12 people responding to last year’s explosion at the West Fertilizer plant could have been prevented.

The Fire Marshal’s report [PDF] released Thursday night says the first responders killed in the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West,Texas  were not prepared or equipped to deal with such a dangerous situation.

The report says that is not because the first responders failed to perform their duties as they had been trained, but due to a “systemic deficiency in the training and preparation” of the firefighters.

One Year Later, West Leaders Still Worried About Long-Term Effects

Apr 24, 2014
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Today is the anniversary of the explosion that killed 15 and injured over 200 in West. This afternoon city leaders met and gave an update on the city, one year after the blast. Mayor Tommy Muska said the town has rebuilt a lot, but he’s worried about the long-term affects of post-traumatic stress, concussions and other injuries that may have not been visible.

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