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Why are flags at half-staff today, Oct. 17, 2019

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

In coordination with the Presidential Proclamation, Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately today, October 17, 2019 through sunset tomorrow, October 18, 2019 to honor the life of U.S Representative Elijah E. Cummings.

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Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the son of sharecroppers, became one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. He has been a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges. He was 86. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led investigations of the president's government dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to Trump's family members serving in the White House.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

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Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Information provided by the Arizona Department of Administration and the Associated Press

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In this Aug. 3, 2019, Congressman Elijah Cummings speaks at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday, Oct. 17 of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. He was 68. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

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