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8:27am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Eyewitnesses To Texas Explosion Describe The Scene

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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8:20am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Police Say Fires Burning But Under Control After Texas Blast

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:22 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The nation's attention turns this morning to a tiny city in Texas. It's simply called West. It is the site of a fertilizer plant from which a message went out to police radio last night.

UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: There has been an explosion on the fire scene. There are firefighters down at this time. Again, there has been an explosion on the fire scene. There are firefighters down at this time.

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4:57am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 6:04 pm

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

After a fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others, rescue workers on Thursday are still sifting through the smoldering rubble hoping to find survivors.

Here's what we know at this hour:

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8:11am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Prosecutor Murder: Wife Of Jailed Ex-Justice Arrested

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 11:44 am

A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland at the Kaufman County [Texas] Courthouse in early April.
Richard Rodriguez Reuters /Landov

"The wife of a former justice of the peace is being held on a capital murder charge in the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor," The Dallas Morning News reports.

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3:41pm

Mon April 15, 2013
It's All Politics

Bob Perry Was Money-In-Politics Pioneer, Swift Boat Backer

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:16 pm

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, a major player in funding state and national politics, has died at age 80. He's shown here in 2002 at the sales center of one of his developments.
Melissa Phillip AP

Texas homebuilder Bob Perry was a behind-the-scenes political player who helped bankroll the Mitt Romney campaign last year, and who even before the era of superPACs spent tens of millions of dollars to influence the nation's politics.

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