Kansas negotiators agree on biodefense lab bonds

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, a sign marks the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, a sign marks the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to authorize issuing $202 million in bonds to build a federal biodefense research lab in Manhattan.

Negotiators agreed Thursday to allow the state to issue the bonds.

Kansas previously authorized $105 million in bonds to help build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University. Gov. Sam Brownback says the additional bonds will fulfill the state’s obligation for the estimated $1.5 billion project.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases, replacing an aging facility on Plum Island, N.Y. Construction has already started.

 

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