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First responders remembered

1. Jerry Chapman was born April 7, 1987 in Pampa, TX, and was a firefighter for Abbott Volunteer Fire Department.
In his West Memorial eulogy, Chapman’s parents said he was blessed with a kind spirit from childhood onward – a child who had been unique in his love for helping people from the beginning. He was a hard worker, and was ultimately able to discover his passion for service through the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department. This is what inspired him to return school to become a certified emergency medical technician. Chapman’s parents said he fulfilled his job as an angel who was a protector. Jerry is survived by his parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother, a sister and other relatives.

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Looking back: Dog helps West rescue efforts

A member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed to the investigations involved with the West fertilizer plant explosion – using nothing but her nose. Now, one year later, Farlee the Labrador retriever is retired from detecting explosive chemicals, but still enjoys practicing her skills with her owner and past trainer, Claire Rayburn.

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    Rising from the ashes; City of West  celebrates  rebuilding  one year later

Rising from the ashes; City of West celebrates rebuilding one year later

A handful of concrete slabs occupy the spaces where various homes once stood in the town of West. The newly erected beams of these houses rise like wooden skeletons, waiting for flesh in the form of floors, walls and ceilings.

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Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

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    Community remembers fallen with memorials

Community remembers fallen with memorials

“Blessed are those who give their lives for others.” Those words, inscribed on a memorial plaque, is one of the ways a small Texas town is commemorating those who lost their lives.

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Book to honor those who run into the fire, not away

On April 17, 2013, the fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 people — 12 of whom were first-response firefighters. Amber Adamson, part-time lecturer in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, wrote a book entitled “The Last Alarm,” which compiled accounts from just under 50 responders from the plant explosion.

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    Julian Castro, Dan Patrick debate immigration policy

Julian Castro, Dan Patrick debate immigration policy

Prominent Texas figures in the debate over the country’s immigration policies took their dispute from Twitter to the airwaves on Tuesday, facing off in person for audiences on the Internet and Spanish-language television.

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Texas candidate Abbott faces thorny death penalty choice

The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation’s busiest death chamber.

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    State grand jury examines Perry ethics case

State grand jury examines Perry ethics case

A Texas judge selected a second grand jury Monday in an investigation into whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors, and this time the Republican has retained a high-profile defense attorney to represent him.

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Local charter school provides primary school alternative

Early registration for the Waco Charter School, located on N 25th Street will come to a close today. The school provides a limited number of students in the area with the option to leave the school district they’d otherwise attend.

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