WA flags lower Thursday for dead Tacoma soldier

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of a Tacoma soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Twenty-one-year-old Pfc. Neil I. Turner died Jan. 11 of injuries from a training accident. He was assigned to a unit from Fort Bliss, Texas.

Flags are lower Tuesday in memory of Marine Capt. Daniel Bartle of Ferndale who died Jan. 19 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.