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School Underway in Tiny Texas Town Hit by Blast

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The White House says President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas.

The service is scheduled for Thursday at Baylor University.

Last week's blast left 14 people dead and injured 200 others. The explosion was largely overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Federal and state investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire that set off the explosion. Authorities say there are no signs of criminal intent.

Obama was already scheduled to be in Texas this week. He'll headline a Democratic fundraiser in Dallas Wednesday night, and then attend a dedication ceremony for President George W. Bush's library.

Meanwhile, the first day of school is underway in West.

Students up to sixth grade were dropped off Monday morning at West Elementary School, which was outside the immediate blast zone. Some classes were to be held in trailers behind the building.

Middle- and high-school students were bused to a nearby school district, which turned its old, vacant intermediate school building into a temporary high school. Volunteers and staff spent three days painting, cleaning and filling the classrooms with supplies.

West assistant superintendent Jan Hungate said some teachers at work Monday had not yet been home.

Parents and students said they were just hoping for things to return to normal. (AP)

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