Politics & Government

Flags at half-staff to honor slain soldier

Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in memory of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert N. Bennedsen of Vashon Island. Bennedsen died July 18 in Afghanistan from injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Tuesday or first thing Wednesday morning.

Other government entities, residents and businesses are encouraged to join in the recognition.