- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has directed state government agencies to fly the state and U.S. flags at half-staff to respect law officers who were killed in Louisiana.

Dalrymple is encouraging state residents to do the same, until sunset Friday. It’s in accordance with a directive from President Barack Obama.

Two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy were killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday after being ambushed by a lone gunman. Baton Rouge is where police on July 5 fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man outside a convenience store. Sterling’s death sparked nationwide protests.

Flags have been flying at half-staff to honor the victims of the attack in Nice, France, and were to be raised to full-staff at sunset Tuesday. They’ll now remain lowered for another three days.

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