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Obama orders flags flown at half-staff in Texas

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered that the U.S. flag at federal buildings and military facilities in Texas be flown at half-staff today in memory of those who died in the fertilizer plant explosion last week in the town of West, Texas.

Obama signed the proclamation Wednesday.

Obama will attend a memorial service for the victims today at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The explosion left 14 people dead and hundreds injured.

The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by the explosion was estimated Wednesday to exceed $100 million, as crews continued to sift through a 90-foot-wide crater searching for answers.

The Insurance Council of Texas released its estimate after speaking to numerous adjusters and agents in West, where officials and displaced residents are working to rebuild after last week's blast.

Investigators have not determined what started the blast or whether it was intentional. At least two lawsuits have been filed against Adair Grain Inc., which operated the West Fertilizer plant.

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