Flags to be at Half-Staff for Sen. Pat Ward

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is ordering flags at state government buildings and other sites to be flown at half-staff to honor state Sen. Pat Ward, who died of breast cancer on Monday.

Branstad says flags will be lowered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, the day of Ward's funeral at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.

The 55-year-old Clive Republican was elected to the Senate in 2004 when she won a special election to fill the suburban Des Moines seat vacated by Mary Kramer, who was appointed U.S. ambassador to Barbados.

Ward faced Democrat Desmund Adams in the November election. Her name will remain on the ballot, but the votes will not be official. A special election will be held Dec. 11.

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