A Kansas legislative committee was told the state faces a $5 million deductible on its insurance to cover tornado damage at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Had the twister occurred this month, that amount would have been $100,000. Officials told the Joint Committee on State Building Construction that a new state university insurance policy took effect July 1 with the start of the new fiscal year. A preliminary estimate shows the campus had $20 million in damage. School officials say the school will be ready for classes when the fall semester starts Aug. 25.
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EARLIER: Kansas State University in Manhattan has cancelled its classes after an overnight tornado caused damage to several buildings on campus. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated to be more than $20 million. Among the buildings at K-State sustaining damage were Cardwell Hall, Ward Hall, Burt Hall and the engineering complex. The Wind Erosion Laboratory, which had been located near Weber Hall, was destroyed. Ward Hall houses K-State's nuclear reactor. Although Ward itself was damaged, because of the design of the building, the reactor remains safe and unharmed. (Topeka Capital-Journal)