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June 6th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

Judge's speech on death penalty sparks controversy over minorities and crime rates: CNN's Ed Lavandera reports

Texas Judge Edith Jones, who serves on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, faces criticism for remarks over the death penalty, claiming minorities are more likely to commit crimes. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

READ MORE: Judge in hot water: Allegedly said minorities are prone to violence


Filed under: Crime • Justice • Texas
April 18th, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Waco Police Department Sgt. William Patrick Swanton on huge explosion at West, Texas fertilizer plant

A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West has reduced dozens of homes to rubble. Officials believe five to 15 people have been killed but it's feared that dozens more may have died. More than 160 people have been injured and treated at local hospitals and search and rescue operations are under way.

This morning on “Starting Point” CNN’s Martin Savidge speaks to Waco Police Department Sgt. William Patrick Swanton about the next steps to come in the aftermath of the huge explosion.

Swanton says the weather “may slow [officials] a little bit” in their search and rescue efforts. He adds “on one hand it’s a good thing. Potentially it can help us with environmental issues – keeping particles out of the air. It can help with the fire from different homes that were ignited during the blast as well." Ultimately, Swanton says the weather "won’t stop us. It may slow us down but this will pass and we’ll get right back at it.”

“There’s a huge environmental issue,” says Swanton. He adds “Nails, broken boards, splinters boards can be a safety risk for those officers, firefighters, first responders, medical people going door to door.”


Filed under: Texas
April 18th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

National Guard deployed to Texas to monitor air after fertilizer plant blast – CNN's Barbara Starr reports

(CNN) - The Texas National Guard has sent 21 troops from a civil support team to monitor air quality near the blast, the Pentagon announced Thursday.


Filed under: Texas
April 18th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Deadly fertilizer plant explosion devastates Texas town – CNN's Martin Savidge reports

Huge explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant leaves more than 160 injured and dozens of buildings leveled.


Filed under: fertilizer • Texas