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Denied Emergency Funding

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There are new developments about the plant explosion in West, Texas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West, but decided the impact from the explosion is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.  However, FEMA has provided emergency funds to individual residents.

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the money was needed to cover $57-million in damage.  This included $40-million to rebuild the destroyed school.

The deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes, and killed 15 people.

FEMA hasn't commented.