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Iowa gov orders flags to half-staff for newspaper deaths

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered flags on state grounds to be flown at half-staff to honor five employees of a Virginia newspaper shot to death last week.

The Iowa order asks that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday until sunset.

Iowa will join Annapolis, Maryland, and other states lowering U.S. flags in honor of those killed at the Capital-Gazette. President Donald Trump has also ordered U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff.

Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder in the attack Thursday in Annapolis.

Authorities said Tuesday that Ramos had sent letters the day of the shootings to two judges and an attorney, seeking to justify the shootings as vengeance after losing a 2012 defamation lawsuit against Capital Gazette Communications.

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