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Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 2:31 AM

DALLAS (AP) No laws have been passed toimproving safety conditions at fertilizer facilities in the year since a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people. Texas fertilizer producers can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings that don't have sprinkler systems. Volunteer firefighters like those who rushed into the plant before the blast still don't have to train how to fight such fires.

DALLAS (AP) Dallas police say a man was fatally shot after pointing a gun at officers during a standoff following a car chase. The chase began when officers tried to take Michael Mayo into custody after learning he had felony warrants for his arrest. Police say Mayo led officers on a 30-minute chase through south Dallas before ending up in a mall parking lot.

PRINCETON, Texas (AP) A North Texas teacher is free on bond after being arrested by authorities on a charge of having an improper relationship with a student. Saralyn Portwood is accused of starting a relationship with a 17-year-old boy at her high school in the Princeton school district. Princeton school district Superintendent Philip Anthony says Portwood has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

DALLAS (AP) A Dallas man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for helping lead a marijuana trafficking ring headquartered in North Texas. Sylvespa Adams is one of 17 people who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the drug operation. Adams said he conspired with others to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

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