Mississippi governor: Lower flags to honor Orlando victims

Gov. Phil Bryant explains facets of his 2016 Executive Budget Recommendation before agency and department heads and local media, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Jackson, Miss. Bryant's budget calls for increasing funding for public education by over $52 million and providing a tax credit for "working Mississippi families." (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Gov. Phil Bryant  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on state property to honor those killed or wounded in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The Republican issued an executive order Monday for flags to be lowered until sunset Thursday.

He says people in Mississippi are praying for “the victims of hatred and terror” and for their families.

Bryant’s order follows one by President Barack Obama for flags to fly half-staff on federal property.

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