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After the Explosion: West Remembers and 'Rises Up'

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

A memorial service is scheduled today in West for two brothers killed in the fertilizer plant explosion. Douglas and Robert Snokhous were both captains with the West Volunteer Fire Department.

A total of 12 emergency responders died in the blast. Services for some of the others killed are planned for later this week.

The Texas Workforce Commission is reaching out to people in West who have been without jobs since the explosion. The commission is helping them apply for unemployment. It’s also hosting a job fair in the town today.

The West Independent School District Board is holding a special-called meeting this evening. It comes about a week and a half after an explosion at a fertilizer plant there devastated the town.

Some students have been going to class at a building in a neighboring school district after their school was damaged. There are no classes today because of a previously-scheduled holiday.

People on Twitter are using #riseupwest and #riseupwestisd to draw attention to the community's strength and efforts to rebuild.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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