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N.C. Services for Helms to Be Held Tuesday

Funeral services for former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), who died July 4, have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C.

A public viewing is today at the church.

But no services have been planned for Capitol Hill, where Helms served for more than 30 years. Helms, 86, died of natural causes after living his later years in a convalescent home.

Flags were lowered to half-staff at the Capitol and will remain so until late Tuesday evening in honor of the North Carolina Republican.

Both North Carolina GOP Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr plan to attend the funeral services on Tuesday. Dole replaced Helms in 2003 after the Senator retired because of poor health.

Helms, first elected in 1972, once chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he took hard-line conservative stances against foreign aid to developing countries as well as government support for abortion programs. Some of his positions caused problems for members of his own party, including President Ronald Reagan.

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