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April 16, 2014

Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers

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Uptmor said he's proud of his town's recovery: People whose homes were destroyed are moving into new ones and rodeo events at Westfest, the annual Czech festival celebrating the town's century-old heritage, resumed last summer. A new nursing home is under construction, with a new high school and middle school soon to follow.

West's mayor, Tommy Muska, said the city was obligated to file a lawsuit to pay for rebuilding, but he's more concerned with leading his town to move forward.

"If you look back, you trip and fall," Muska said.

Harris also hopes to move forward. She credits her faith and family for helping her through the last year, noting that a second of her three sons has since decided to become a Dallas firefighter.

"I hold faith in God that he's got control of this," Harris said. "I don't understand why this happened or how it could have been prevented or anything, but I've just got to accept it."

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