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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A new Arkansas state law regarding the lowering of flags has been activated for the first time due to the recent deaths of two military service members from the state.
Gov. Mike Beebe said in a news release Monday that state flags may be flown at half-staff at public buildings for up to three days after learning of the death of a service member. The law approved earlier this year removes the requirement that official notice be given before lowering a flag.
The news release said Beebe will also issue formal proclamations to lower both the United States and the Arkansas flags statewide in honor of Air Force Tech Sgt. John Brown of Siloam Springs and Navy Master Chief Tommy Ratzlaff of Green Forest on the days of their funerals.
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