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Obama to attend memorial service in West, Texas on Thursday

Source: Reuters - Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:00 GMT
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WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service on Thursday for victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the White House said on Monday.

Obama will be in Texas for the dedication in Dallas of the George W. Bush presidential library on Thursday. He has a Democratic fundraiser planned in Dallas on Wednesday night.

The plant run by West Fertilizer Co. in the small Texas town exploded on Wednesday, killing 14 people, nearly all of them emergency responders, and injuring dozens more.

The blast gutted a 50-unit apartment complex, demolished about 50 houses and damaged a nursing home. (Reporting By Steve Holland; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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