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By Ramit Plushnick-Masti
Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state’s appeal to help West but decided that the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.
Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz survey the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. (Photo from Twitter)

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the rural community of 2,800 people needed the money to repair roads, the damaged sewer system and a school. He said the estimated cost of those repairs is $57 million, including $40 million to rebuild a school that was destroyed when the West Fertilizer Co. blew up in April.

“We don’t have the money to go out and borrow the money. We don’t have the means to pay that note back,” Muska said. “There’s got to be some public assistance.”

FEMA did not immediately return a call seeking comment. FEMA’s letter, dated June 10, is addressed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and signed by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

The blast killed 10 first responders and brought national attention to the agricultural community. President Barack Obama traveled to the area to attend a memorial service for the first responders and others who died trying to help.

Politics / Consumer confidence at 5-year high
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:32:46 PM »

Consumer confidence surged to a five-year high in May, fueled by increased optimism about an improving job market.
The Consumer Confidence Index, which gauges how consumers feel about the economy each month, rose to 76.2 in May -- its highest reading since February 2008, according to research firm The Conference Board.

It's up significantly from last month's reading of 69, and is also higher than the 72.5 predicted by economists surveyed by

Consumer confidence has been on the rise for the past two months after plummeting in March when Americans worried about the effects of automatic government budget cuts.

Fueling the increase: consumers feel more positive about current business and job-market conditions and are considerably more upbeat about future prospects of economic and job growth, said Lynn Franco, The Conference Board's director of economic indicators.

"Back-to-back monthly gains suggest that consumer confidence is on the mend and may be regaining traction it lost due to the fiscal cliff, payroll-tax hike and sequester," Franco said in a statement.

Consumers expecting more jobs in the months ahead rose to 16.8% from 14.3%, while those expecting a drop in jobs decreased from 21.8% to 19.7%.

The confidence comes on the heels of last week's positive report that there were fewer claims for unemployment benefits last week, signaling that the government could report more jobs were added in May than the 165,000 last month.

Politics / Sen. Rubio return Address
« on: February 12, 2013, 10:50:11 PM »
So your thought? Did Rubio do what he was asked to do

I was confused on one part :How can u hate big government but you and your family have used it to strengthen your lives. It makes no sense to me honestly

Seeing that i'm an Aggie, i'm finding it almost impossible to get a room. I'm trying to stay uptown Charlotte. I don't care what school hotel i'm at , i just need to be uptown. If you know of anything , please respond or send me a personal message... thanks

On the Sidelines and In The Stands / NCCU Drumline Suspended for Hazing
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:38:00 PM »
North Carolina Central University today issued a campus wide statement, saying it is investigating allegations of hazing in the drum line of the university marching band.

Here is the copy of the statement in full, from NCCU Interim Chancellor Charles Becton.

    At North Carolina Central University, we strive to maintain and support a culture in which student success is paramount. We hold our students, faculty and staff to the highest standards of both personal and professional accountability.

    I want to inform you that the university is investigating an allegation of hazing related to the drum line of the Marching Sound Machine band. More information is included below. We are conducting a thorough investigation.

General Discussion Forum / Need some Yard help folks.......
« on: March 14, 2012, 04:20:18 PM »
So i have been messing around and now spring has jumped up on me. Have a few questions about my yard......

1. Is it to late to air raid and seed my yard? What do you recommend as far as seed. Name brands i mean....

2. Should i weed and feed my yard first? If so , should i do the liquid or the pellets.?

3. How often should my cut my trees down for maximum growth potential .... once a month , 2x times etc.

Please help 

Politics / Osama Bin Laden has been killed
« on: May 01, 2011, 10:49:16 PM »
Obama is announcing that Bin Laden has been killed 

General Discussion Forum / Grass for the new season
« on: March 23, 2011, 02:24:02 PM »
So i'm just asking for some advice. Getting ready to get into the yard and get to work for the year. I just wanna make sure i'm doing the right thing. But i have a few questions.....

After the initial cut, should i go ahead and overseed the yard and put down fertilizer?

Or should i put down a weed and feed and then wait a month

Plus , looking for general tips as well   

Politics / Bachmann considering White House bid
« on: January 05, 2011, 04:13:06 PM »
(CNN) - When Rep. Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa later this month, she just might have a potential presidential campaign on her mind.

"She's not taking anything off the table, her focus remains on Minnesota's 6th District, but she hasn't ruled anything out," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's communications director, told CNN.

Bachmann, who is beginning her third term, will head to the Hawkeye State on January 21 to deliver a keynote address in Des Moines at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief. It's also expected the Tea Party darling will meet privately with Iowa political operatives to discuss a potential presidential bid.

News that Bachmann is considering an Oval Office run was first reported by ABC.

The outspoken congresswoman was among the first conservatives to embrace the Tea Party movement and has remained one of its staunchest allies in Congress. Last year she formed the House Tea Party Caucus and is usually a staple at Tea Party-backed events throughout the country. Bachmann is also a political ally of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, herself a Tea Party favorite who is mulling a presidential bid.

While little known to the broader electorate, Bachmann would enter the presidential race as a relatively familiar face to the Republican base. Her constant presence at conservative conferences in Washington and her at-times eyebrow-raising comments have all but made her a national figure among many Republican stalwarts - as well as a constant target of Democrats.

Most recently, Bachmann took heat for falsely claiming on CNN that President Obama's India trip in November was costing taxpayers $200 million a day. In another controversial comment, she called on the media in 2008 to investigate congressmen to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."

It's previously been speculated that Bachmann is mulling a 2012 Senate bid in Minnesota to challenge the incumbent Democrat, Amy Klobuchar. Either way, a trip to Iowa is a surefire way to raise any politician's profile – whatever the ambitions may be.

General Discussion Forum / Lawn Care Question
« on: April 07, 2010, 08:23:34 PM »
Got a situation. I cut my yard for the first time and noticed 2 things, bald spots and weeds. Now my first thought was to get the ol faithful weed and feed, but then i remembered that if i weed and feed then i can't plant seed.

So should i

a) Weed and feed and don't worry about the bald spots


b) Put down regular fertizeliar and grass seeds. And just live with the weeds.

Please help

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