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Apr 21, 2013

Texas blast highlights risks for volunteer firefighters

WEST, Texas/CHICAGO (Reuters) – When Cody Dragoo set out with his fellow volunteer firefighters to stop the fire raging at the West Fertilizer Co, he more than anyone knew the dangers that loomed, family and friends said.

A team leader for the all-volunteer firefighting force in West, the 50-year-old worked at the plant mixing combustible chemicals to make fertilizer for use on the fields of corn and other crops that surround the rural Texas town.

Apr 19, 2013

Investigators seek cause of Texas blast that killed at least 12

WEST, Texas, April 19 (Reuters) – Investigators searched for
clues on Friday to the cause of a Texas fertilizer plant
explosion that obliterated sections of a small town and killed
at least 12 people, including volunteer firefighters who raced
to the scene to douse a blaze.

There was no indication of foul play in the blast at West
Fertilizer Co, a privately owned facility that authorities said
had not been inspected in two years.

Apr 19, 2013

Investigators search for clues to cause of Texas explosion

WEST, Texas, April 19 (Reuters) – Investigators searched for
clues on Friday to the cause of an explosion and inferno after
an apparent industrial accident at a Texas fertilizer plant
flattened sections of a small town and killed at least 12

Authorities said there was no indication of foul play in the
blast at West Fertilizer Co, which they said had not been
inspected since 2006, was storing potentially combustible
ammonium nitrate and was located in a residential area.

Apr 18, 2013

Rescuers search for survivors of Texas fertilizer plant blast

WEST, Texas (Reuters) – Rescuers searched on Thursday for survivors in the rubble of homes destroyed by a fiery fertilizer plant explosion in a small rural Texas town, as authorities struggled to determine how many people had been killed.

Concern and uncertainty gripped the town of West nearly a day after the chemical blast at West Fertilizer Co. injured more than 160 people. The cause of the explosion was not known and officials said no evidence of foul play had been found.

Apr 11, 2013

Storm in Mississippi leaves one dead, others injured

, April 11 (Reuters) – One person was
reported killed and several others injured after severe weather
on Thursday caused power outages and damaged buildings in Kemper
County, Mississippi, emergency management officials said.

“I don’t know if those are homes or businesses at this
point,” said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman
Greg Flynn, who noted the reported death and injuries.

Apr 11, 2013

Storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas; homes damaged

, April 11 (Reuters) – A severe storm
spawning hail, driving rain and a possible tornado roared
through parts of Missouri and Arkansas overnight leaving a trail
of damage in its wake, as a broader storm system stretched from
Texas to Pennsylvania.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in
the St. Louis area where about 25 homes in the suburb of
Hazelwood sustained damage from high winds and falling trees.

Apr 11, 2013

Spring storms unleash heavy snow, tornadoes in central U.S

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Spring storms unleashed heavy snow, rain and high winds, including tornadoes, across parts of the central United States on Wednesday, leaving thousands of residents and businesses without power and causing scattered property damage.

At least three people were taken to the hospital with injuries attributed to severe weather in Van Buren County, Arkansas, where an apparent twister tore through a church near the town of Clinton, damaged other buildings and uprooted trees, officials said.

Apr 10, 2013

Storms bring heavy snow, hail, rains to central U.S

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – High winds and heavy snow and rain whipped through parts of the central United States on Wednesday, knocking out power for thousands of people and closing schools and businesses.

Storm watchers were tracking a line of severe weather from Arkansas through southeastern Missouri into Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, with tornado watches issued by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center for Arkansas and Missouri.

Apr 10, 2013

Central U.S. spared the worst of forecasts, but rains, snow ahead

, April 10 (Reuters) – Forecasts for severe
weather, including tornadoes, failed to materialize overnight in
the central U.S. region, prompting a sigh of relief from
residents early on Wednesday.

“We dodged a big bullet yesterday and last night. I don’t
know why things changed but I’m glad they changed,” said Pat
Slattery, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Kansas

Apr 3, 2013

Monsanto beats expectations, raises full-year outlook

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, raised its full-year profit forecast on Wednesday after reporting a better-than-expected second quarter driven by strength in its global corn business.

Its shares rose nearly 2 percent in premarket trading after the company, a leading developer of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops, said it expects to sell a record amount of corn this year.

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