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International spotlight on small Texas town

| |Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Residents of Czech community grateful for “unbelievable” support.

Fertilizer plant had record of government fines

| |Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Records say West Fertilizer did not have required security and safety plans.

Some West residents allowed to return to homes in blast area

| |Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013

Investigators have found the center of the explosion at a fertilizer plant, but still don't know where the initial fire started, officials said Sunday.

Search efforts continue in West nearly a day after blast

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

The mayor said 30 to 40 people might still be unaccounted for after a fire at a fertilizer plant north of town sparked a powerful explosion.

'They were doing what they were trained to do'

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

At least five volunteer firefighters from West are missing and presumed dead after the plant explosion.

Son of plant owner: 'This kind of stuff is not supposed to happen to us'

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Gary Adair was working on the family farm outside of West when he first noticed the smoke in the distance.

President Obama: 'Prayers go out to the people of West, Texas'

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

"Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant," President Barack Obama said in a statement released Thursday morning. "A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives.

"I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded," he said. "My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue.

West ISD plans to return students to school Monday

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

District Superintendent Marty Crawford also said a plan has been developed to finish the semester after an explosion at a fertilizer plant destroyed the intermediate school and left the high school and middle schools in an unsafe state.

Perry urges all Americans to keep West in their prayers

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Governor says he's also seeking an emergency declaration and assistance from the federal government.

Waco social worker reports for duty, knowing West relatives might show up

| |Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Melissa James, a 15-year employee of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, went about her duties after the fire and explosion in West even as relatives from the town were arriving for treatment.