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Robert Francis
Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

WEST, Texas (AP) — People near the site of a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West just north of Waco have been advised that smoke could be generated as part of the investigation. Officials in West say heavy equipment will be used on Tuesday to remove debris and grain and that could lead to smoke. The Texas Department of Insurance says it’s part of the process to determine what caused the fiery April 17 blast that killed 14 people. An additional 200 people were hurt in the blast that damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings in West, located about 70 miles south of Fort Worth. Officials say fire-suppression equipment will be present Tuesday and people should not be alarmed. Experts with the Army Corps of Engineers will assist. A boil water notice remains in effect for West.

 

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