Homeland Security Head Visiting Kan. Bio Institute

She is scheduled to tour the university

** FILE ** In this Nov. 13, 2008 file photo, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's primary choice to be secretary of the Homeland Security Department, several news organizations reported Thursday Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is visiting Kansas State University.

She is scheduled to tour the university's Biosecurity Research Institute late Tuesday afternoon and have a brief news conference with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The institute researches plant and animal diseases, to protect the food supply against them.

The Homeland Security Department has announced that it plans to build a new, $450 million lab nearby. The lab will develop vaccines against foreign animal diseases and other biological threats.

Construction of that National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is expected to begin next year. The bulk of the cost will be covered by federal funds, and the facility is expected to open by 2015.

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