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Forum and wire reports, Published August 27 2009

State flags to be flown at half-staff

In accord with President Barack Obama’s directive, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven Wednesday ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Sunday to honor Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Kennedy died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.

Hoeven directed that the flags of the United States and North Dakota be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military facilities in the state on Saturday, the day of Kennedy’s funeral.

The funeral will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, commonly known as the Mission Church, in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston. Kennedy will be buried the same day at Arlington National Cemetery near his slain brothers.

A White House official says President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy at Kennedy’s funeral Mass.

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