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Flags to be flown at half-staff today to honor slain prison staff

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff today to remember the prison nurse and correctional officer killed in a failed escape attempt. 

Reynolds said Saturday in a news release that the state “grieves the loss” of 50-year-old nurse Lorena Schulte, of Cedar Rapids, and 46-year-old Officer Robert McFarland, of Ely. They were killed Tuesday at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in eastern Iowa. The release said today is when both will be laid to rest. 

Inmates 28-year-old Michael Dutcher and 39-year-old Thomas Woodard are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and second-degree kidnapping.

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