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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Same Fertilizer In West Explosion Is Stored Near 8 Texas Towns, Investigation Finds

Over the years that the big white shed loomed in fields by the railroad tracks, this small town slowly crept up around it. First came the high school, built a quarter of a mile away in the late 1990s. More recently, a small Wal-Mart opened a two-minute walk across the highway. Last year, real estate developers came to this North Texas town with a plan to put low-income housing just 1,000 feet from the shed — a fertilizer depot that handles tons of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the dallas morning news
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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Search widens for missing Virginia firefighter in national park

Ever since 31-year-old Nicole Clardy Mittendorff’s cream-colored Mini Cooper was found Saturday in Shenandoah National Park near the Whiteoak Canyon Trail, the search for her has focused near that popular trail. Now the National Park Service has closed four other areas in the Whiteoak Canyon area — Limberlost, Crescent Rocks, Cedar Run, and Cedar Run Link Trail — in connection with the search for the career Fairfax County firefighter/paramedic, who was last heard from Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Firefighter wife's breastfeeding photo: 3 big questions

Earlier this year, a photo of a woman breastfeeding her son went viral on the Internet. The photo depicted not just any woman, but a woman dressed in fire turnout gear, holding the naked infant to her mostly concealed breast. The image was part of a series by an El Paso photographer who was depicting women breastfeeding at work.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

2 toddlers killed in Georgia house fire

Two young children were killed in a fire at a Lumpkin County home on Monday. The flames engulfed the home on Rider Road Spur NE, just off of Highway 9, between Dawsonville and Dahlonega. Lumpkin County officials confirmed that two children, ages 1 and 2, were taken to North Side Hospital in Cumming and Chestatee Regional Hospital Dahlonega, Ga.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

RI female firefighter awarded $800K in sexual harrassment suit

Retired Providence Fire Lt. Lori Franchina was awarded more than $800,000 by a Federal jury Monday, after jurors found she endured both sexual harassment and retaliation while on the job. Jurors deliberated less than four hours before reaching their decision, which included $100,000 in punitive damages.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence
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