Obama order flags flown at half-staff in Texas

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports
Mansfield firefighters set the flags in West. (Photo by John Carroll)

Mansfield firefighters set the flags in West. (Photo by John Carroll)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has ordered that the U.S. flag at federal buildings and military facilities in Texas be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of the victims 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 on Thursday at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He had already planned to be in the state for the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University.

The explosion left 14 people dead and hundreds injured.

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