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Increased Security for Guard Facilities Announced

By S. Simmons

National GuardGovernor Nikki Haley and Major General Bob Livingston announced Monday that the security of National Guard facilities across the state will be reviewed and strengthened, Fox Carolina reports . The undertaking of increasing security comes as a result of the shooting at two Chattanooga Armed Forces recruitment centers last Thursday, which left five men dead. Over the next week, Guard officials will conduct site-by-site visits for vulnerability assessments of all Guard recruitment stations, facilities and installations across the state. Based on the assessments, designated officials will be...

S.C. House Votes in Favor of Removing Confederate Flag

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Confederate FlagRepresentatives in the South Carolina House voted early Thursday morning to remove the Confederate flag that flies on the State House grounds, ABC News reports . After over 13 hours of deliberation, the House approved the bill, originally written by Senator Vincent Sheheen and previously passed by the Senate on Tuesday. Over 20 amendments were proposed for the bill, but ultimately none were approved. NPR reports that House Democrats pledged they would not waver their demand for a "clean bill," one that ousts the battle flag from the State House grounds. If Governor Nikki Haley signs the bill...

On Third Reading, the S.C. Senate Has Voted to Remove the Confederate Flag

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Confederate FlagOn third reading, the South Carolina Senate has voted 36-3 in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. On Monday, the South Carolina Senate voted 37-3 in favor, CBS News reports . According to a report from the Huffington Post, Senator Vincent Sheheen, who introduced the bill to remove the flag, asked legislators to approve it because "it's the right thing to do." "The issue had to be resolved," said Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Hugh Leatherman. "It had been festering for a long, long time. Removing the Confederate flag was not a unanimous decision. Senators...

Remembering the Charleston Church Victims

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Charleston NineAlmost two weeks later, funerals have been planned and held for the nine victims of the shooting at Emanuel A.M..E Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A CNN report provides a closer look at the nine people lost that Wednesday night. CYNTHIA HURD Cynthia Hurd, 54, worked at the Charleston County Public Library for 31 years. There she helped residents, “making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth,” library officials said. ------- SUSIE JACKSON Susie Jackson, 87, liked to sing in the choir at the church where she had been a member for many years, her grandson...

Funeral Plans for Charleston Church Shooting Victims

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FuneralFuneral services have been set across the state of South Carolina for the Charleston A.M.E. Church shooting victims. A report from ABC News provided the details below: CLEMENTA PINCKNEY Two public viewings will be held Thursday. The first will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ridgeland. The second will be from 6-8 p.m. at Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston. Pinckney's funeral will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at TD Arena on the College of Charleston campus, with President Barack Obama scheduled to deliver the eulogy. Burial will take place directly...

Charleston Church Shooter Charged with Murder

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Emanuel9Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, police tweeted Friday. According to CNN , Roof, who was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina on Thursday, confessed to killing nine people in Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to law enforcement officials, Roof told investigators he wanted to start a race war. John Mullins, a former classmate of Roof's, said the suspect would make racist comments and was "kind of wild" but not violent. "I never took it seriously, but now that he shed his...