Gov. Perry says Texans will help town of West rebuild

WEST, Texas - (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry told about 400 people in the town still reeling from a fertilizer plant explosion three months ago that the state will work to help rebuild West.

Texans "will not give up on you," Perry said Saturday at the West Disaster Benefit Czech Dinner and Dance. The event benefits the West Long-Term Recovery Fund, which is raising money and gathering volunteers to help with the rebuilding of the town.

Perry has pressed President Barack Obama and federal officials to reconsider their denial of major emergency aid.

Fifteen people died in an April 17 fertilizer plant blast.

Residents face thousands of dollars in unexpected costs and uncertainty about when they can return to West. The town and schools lack millions of dollars to get back to normal.

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