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Hutchinson: Arkansas flag to fly at half-staff for Chattanooga victims

Arkansas native among four Marines killed by Arkansas Online | July 17, 2015 at 6:08 p.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered the Arkansas flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday to honor the victims of the Thursday shootings at Navy and Marine reserve centers in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In addition to the half-staff proclamation, Hutchinson has also authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel, Hutchinson's spokesman J.R. Davis said in a statement.

Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville was among four Marines who were killed on Thursday.

"Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Hutchinson said in the statement. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own."

Hutchinson also called for "greater security" at recruiting stations and military installations in the state.

See Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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