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Today is a day of mourning in our state

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Flags are flying at half staff across South Mississippi and the rest of the state today in memory of the victims of this past weekend's severe weather and last week's oil rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Haley Barbour has officially proclaimed Tuesday as a day of prayer for the victims.

"The past few days have been tough for many Mississippi families," Governor Barbour said. "We have lost loves ones to a tragic event off the Louisiana coast. Many of our communities are starting the recovery process after surviving the most severe storm we've seen since Hurricane Katrina. Once again, we will show the nation our strength of character and integrity as we help our neighbors recover from these tragedies."

The governor has ordered that state flags be flown at half staff Tuesday through Friday as part of a period of mourning.

We'll show you how South Mississippians observed this day of prayer and remembrance later today on and WLOX News.

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