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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) This week's anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities. A House committee will scrutinize the April 17th blast at West Fertilizer Co. Most killed were firefighters and first responders, and another 200 people were injured.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state Senate Education Committee will assess implementation of a new law overhauling high school curriculum and cutting the number of standardized tests students must pass. Members will take a closer look at the progress of applying the law that drops a requirement that most high school students take algebra II.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The hatching of a Komodo dragon almost four months after his mother's death has cheered San Antonio Zoo employees and visitors. The Komodo dragon named Phoenix went on display late last week at the zoo. His mother and with five other reptiles died in December fire caused when a hot mat shorted out.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) A park at the Port Arthur Sub-courthouse has been dedicated to a man who spent 57 years in law enforcement in Southeast Texas. Martin "Popeye" Holmes Park was dedicated Saturday. Friends, family and former colleagues gathered for the dedication. Holmes died in September at the age of 81.

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