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Texas Oil Field Explosion Kills 2, Injures 9

AP | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green

MENTONE, Texas (AP) — A buildup of pressure caused an explosion as workers were changing a wellhead Wednesday at a West Texas oil field, killing two...

Investigators: Deadly Texas Fertilizer Blast Preventable

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green

(Adds details on cause of explosion, guidance, findings, background) By Erwin Seba DALLAS, April 22 (Reuters) - A deadl...

Fiery Explosion At Texas Oil Facility

Posted 10.15.2013 | Business

An explosion sparked a large fire at an oil storage facility in Smith County, Texas, on Monday night, KLTV reported. Firefighters from at least thr...

Help Coming For Town Rocked By Explosion

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding Friday to help rebuild th...

For Schools In Town Of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, There Is Still Much To Be Done

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business

DALLAS — After a massive fertilizer plant explosion devastated the rural town of West in April, local teachers and administrators did what they ...

Cause Of Fire Still Unknown

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

WEST, Texas, May 16 (Reuters) - The cause of the fire that triggered a massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant remains undetermined and a...

Texas Launching Criminal Probe Into Deadly Plant Explosion

AP | ANGELA K. BROWN and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business

WACO, Texas — Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that kille...

Perry Disgusted By Shocking Cartoon

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in T...

Jason Linkins

The Nightmare That Led To The Texas Plant Explosion | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

Yesterday, President Barack Obama attended both the opening of President George W. Bush's presidential library and the memorial service for those who ...

What If They Blew Up a Small Town in the Heartland? (And Nobody Cared?)

Kevin McDonough | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Kevin McDonough

It may seem insensitive, at the very least, to evoke Ghostbusters while discussing a tragedy that claimed at least 15 lives. But it's worth thinking about how much our political/entertainment culture has ridiculed and feminized the impulse towards regulation and safety.

Obama Honors Texas Explosion Victims At Memorial

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

By Tim Gaynor WACO, Texas, April 25 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will assume a familiar role consoling family and friends of di...

Huffington This Week: The View From West

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

This week, Chris Kirkham and Ben Hallman look at the tragic explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that left 14 people dead and a town grasping for answers. And Mallika Rao writes about Santa Monica's Local Wellbeing Index, an approach to governing "with a citizen's inner life in mind."

Owner Of Deadly Texas Plant Sued

Reuters | Jim Forsyth | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

April 23 (Reuters) - The owner of a fertilizer plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex...

After Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, School Resumes In Tiny Town

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 06.22.2013 | Crime

WEST, Texas — Teachers waited outside Monday morning like it was the first day of school in this tiny Texas town, hoping that a welcoming handsh...

Residents Pray For Comfort In Texas Town Rocked By Plant Explosion

AP | PAUL J. WEBER and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 06.21.2013 | Crime

WEST, Texas — The First Baptist Church in the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded is still off-limits, so the Rev. John Crowder pu...

Obama Faces Trying, Emotional Week

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For President Barack Obama, one of his most wrenching White House weeks saw the fresh specter of terrorism and the first crushing politi...

Dave Jamieson

This Week's Forgotten Tragedy | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary devel...

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

Finding a Way Out of the Darkness

Hahrie Han | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Hahrie Han

As a parent, how can I go on after learning that my very best efforts are not enough to protect my children from the worst kind of harm?

A Farmer's Perspective on the Texas Fertilizer Explosion

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

As a fourth-generation farmer, growing corn, wheat and soybeans across three counties in Southside Virginia, I cannot be oblivious to the news of death and destruction our essential business can experience.

60 People Still Missing After Texas Explosion

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.19.2013 | Business

Officials are still searching for 60 people who remain unaccounted for following an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas Wednesday nigh...

Firefighter Confirmed Dead In Texas Explosion

AP | Posted 04.18.2013 | Crime

DALLAS -- The Dallas Fire-Rescue department says one of its off-duty fire captains was killed while helping fight the blaze at the Texas fertilizer pl...

Did This Investigative Story Forecast The Texas Explosion?

Center for Public Integrity | Jim Morris and Chris Hamby | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

CPI Editor’s note, April 18: An explosion Wednesday at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas, killed between five and 15 people, authorities say, ...

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Update

Michael Warbux | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Michael Warbux

In West, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded last night killing 5-15 people and leaving 100-170 people injured. The explosion is speculated to be cause...

A Loss of Perspective

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The more perspective and understanding we have on life, and the less we play into their hands and let people who want to terrorize us have their way, whether domestic or foreign, the better we honor loss -- all loss -- and ourselves.