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Posted: May 6, 2013 2:31 AM

Updated: May 6, 2013 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated a plan to provide shelter for residents of West whose homes were destroyed or damaged by last month's fertilizer plant explosion. The plan allows affected residents to stay in motels for a limited amount of time at FEMA's expense. The initial period of assistance will last through May 18th.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Officials in Texas are hopeful for another quiet wildfire season. The grasslands that fueled the historic wildfires in 2011 haven't grown back yet, so any blazes this year aren't expected to reach those levels. No wildfire season was declared last year due to sufficient rainfall.

WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says President Barack Obama's trip to Austin on Thursday is aimed at highlighting his proposals on jobs and the economy. While in Texas, Obama will visit a technical high school and meet with entrepreneurs. He will also talk with workers at a tech company.

WESLACO, Texas (AP) A South Texas town is considering spending $1 million for what it hopes will be the largest high school stadium scoreboard screen in the state. The Weslaco Independent School District could vote at their meeting tonight to upgrade the screen. The new one would edge out the 1,200-square-foot screen at Carthage High School.

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