Flags to be lowered for slain Granger soldier

Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at

Washington buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in memory of a soldier from Granger who died in Afghanistan.

The funeral for Pfc. Robert Near, 21, is Monday at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, KAPP-TV reported.

Near was a 2007 graduate of Granger High School.