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Education
5:08 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Old West High School Demo Postponed After Facing Heavy Opposition

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. 


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Guns
5:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

West ISD Considers Concealed Carry On Campus

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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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West
6:13 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Industry Group Says All Facilities Should Report Ammonium Nitrate

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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. 


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West
2:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Texas Agriculture Group Wants Tighter Controls on Ammonium Nitrate

An apartment complex near the West Fertilizer Plant was destroyed in an explosion April 2013. State lawmakers are considering ways to increase safety at facilities storing ammonium nitrate.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:24 pm

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.

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West
10:35 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Report: West Responders Weren't Prepared to Fight Fertilizer Plant Fire

Some of the aftermath of the West Fertilizer plant explosion. A new report says the blast was preventable.
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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:30 am

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.

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