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Kasich Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Slain Journalists


Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in the state flown at half-staff in honor of five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland's capital.

Kasich ordered that the U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday.

The Republican governor's order says the action was in "accordance" with an order issued by President Donald Trump.

Trump on Tuesday ordered U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on federal property in honor of the journalists killed June 28 in Annapolis, Maryland. The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

Five Capital Gazette newspaper employees were killed when a man who authorities say had a grudge against the publication shot them in the newsroom.

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the “enemy of the people.” He said the day after the shooting that journalists shouldn’t fear being violently attacked while doing their job.

Trump's proclamation lowers the flags until sundown on July 3.