Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the opening session of the Texas Legislature in Austin earlier this year. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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An explosion leveled a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Wednesday. The blast killed 14 people, injured more than 200 others and damaged or completely destroyed at least 80 homes. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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