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Tornadoes Dismantle Midwest, One Person Killed

Comstock/Thinkstock (File)(READING, Kan.) -- Midwest residents are cleaning up this morning after several tornadoes Saturday left one man dead and one Kansas town nearly destroyed.

At least 20 tornadoes were reported across three states: 14 in Kansas, 5 in Oklahoma, and 1 in Missouri.

In the small town of Reading, Kansas twisters ripped through the area and left more than 20 homes destroyed and 200 more damaged.

"Lots of damage all over town, the farther south in town the more damage there is. Lots of trees down, large trees, there's buildings that have been totally devastated," said Coffee County Emergency Coordinator Russel Stukey.

One fatality and several injuries were reported in connection with the twisters, according to authorities.

"Everything is destroyed. We're going to have to stay strong for the community," one resident told Kansas City ABC News affiliate KMBC.

Power was knocked out Saturday and roads in and out of area were closed, KMBC reported.

According to Sharon Watson with the Kansas State Division of Emergency Management there was also baseball-size hail reported throughout the northeast part of the state.

"We've been fortunate so far to not have as much damage as we have seen in the past, such as the year 2007 when the town of Greensburg was basically destroyed, a town of 1,500," Watson said.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for at least 16 counties.

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New ‘Huck Finn’ Edition Eliminates Offensive Language

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) – In an attempt to get the classic novel back in the hands of schoolchildren, publishers plan to release a new version of Huckleberry Finn, sans the offensive language.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be re-edited to replace uses of the N-word – which appears over 200 times in the story – with the word “slave,” and to reduce offensive language toward Native Americans.

Debate over the new edition has become a trending topic on Twitter, where a majority of users seem to be voicing their disdain for the idea. Some argue, however, that the novel’s use of the N-word has kept the book away from grade-schoolers for too long.

The book, which was first published in 1884, is set to be re-released by February as Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition.

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