April 21, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - After days of waiting, the first group of residents who fled their homes when a fertilizer plant exploded in a fireball were allowed to go home Saturday to find out what remained. The news came after a nervous day during which officials told residents packed in a hotel waiting for updates about their neighborhood that leaking gas tanks were causing small fires near the blast site, keeping authorities from lifting blockades. But officials emphasized that the fires were contained and said the town was safe.
April 20, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew. " Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed.
April 19, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer-plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the number of fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate. More than 160 people were hurt. A breathtaking band of destruction extended for blocks around the West Fertilizer Co. in the small community of West.
April 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - American Red Cross crews from across Texas were sent Wednesday to the site of an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco where multiple injuries had been reported. Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said her group was working with emergency-management officials in the town of West, Texas, to find a safe shelter for residents displaced from their homes. She said teams from Austin to Dallas and elsewhere were being sent to the community north of Waco. A West Fire Department dispatcher said the explosion happened Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant.
April 18, 2013 |
KAUFMAN, Texas - In a surprising twist, the wife of a jailed former justice of the peace was charged Wednesday with capital murder after authorities say she confessed to helping her husband kill two North Texas prosecutors who aggressively secured a theft conviction against him. The arrest and charge against Kim Lene Williams is the latest turn in an investigation that had recently focused on Eric Williams after authorities searched his home and a...
April 18, 2013 |
Atlas Pipeline Partners L.P., an energy company with deep Philadelphia roots, became the second local firm this month to make a big investment in a booming Texas shale formation. Atlas announced Tuesday it would pay $1 billion in cash to buy Teak Midstream L.L.C., a privately owned Dallas company that operates a pipeline and natural-gas processing business in the prolific Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. Atlas, whose chairman is Edward E. Cohen, is acquiring two cryogenic processing plants, including one scheduled to go into service next year, that purify natural gas and separate valuable liquid components like propane and ethane at subzero temperatures.
April 17, 2013 |
CONROE, Texas - An 84-year-old woman jailed on a theft charge allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill the Houston-area prosecutor handling her case and to maim his boss, one of the apparent targets said Monday. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Dorothy Canfield allegedly sought to have him attacked and his assistant district attorney, Rob Freyer, slain. Neither man was injured in the alleged plot, which investigators said surfaced in early April. Canfield allegedly wanted the attacks to appear similar to the recent unsolved killings of two other Texas prosecutors, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to Ligon.
April 16, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican mega-donor Bob Perry never cared for the spotlight. But writing big checks and financing one of the most famous television ads ever in a presidential campaign made the Texas millionaire famous nonetheless. Perry, a wealthy Houston homebuilder who became a force in a new era of lavish spending in American politics, died Saturday at 80. Perry spent $4.4 million financing the famous 2004 Swift Boat Veterans campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, which remains among the most famous political television ads in history.
April 15, 2013 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kyle Busch was just trying to maintain the pace behind Martin Truex Jr. while waiting for his chance. His team pounced when the yellow flag came out with 21 laps to go in the National Rifle Association 500 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch finally regained the lead on pit road during that caution, then held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart in the Sprint Cup race, completing a NASCAR weekend sweep. "As soon as that caution came, my boys stepped up the plate and hit a grand slam," said Busch, who got his 26th career cup win in his 300th start.
April 14, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The federal No Child Left Behind law was born in Texas, and billionaire Ross Perot first rallied big business to support tougher standardized testing and high school graduation standards here nearly three decades ago. But the state now appears ready to step back from the strenuous accountability policies it has long championed amid fears that youngsters are being forced to take too many high-stakes tests and that too many might drop...