The Latest: Governor orders flags at half-staff for Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Sen. Richard Lugar (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former longtime Sen. Richard Lugar.

Lugar, a foreign policy expert, died Sunday at age 87. Holcomb says flags will be at half-staff until Lugar’s funeral, which hasn’t yet been announced.

Lugar was a generally loyal conservative but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary after attacks over his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama. Lugar gained little traction with a 1996 run for president, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels spent more than a decade as chief of staff to Lugar. He says, “The world is safer from nuclear danger because of him.”

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11:50 a.m.

Former longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a foreign policy expert, has died. He was 87.

Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar who was first elected to the Senate in 1976, after eight years as Indianapolis mayor.

He was a generally loyal conservative but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary after attacks over his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama.

Lugar gained little traction with a 1996 run for president, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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