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As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Carolinas, Charleston has reportedly run out of sandbags after distributing more the 15,000 across the city -- more than have ever been distributed for any other storm.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Matthew is considered a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

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The Confederate battle flag flew above the South Carolina capitol or on its grounds for 44 years. That changed after the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photos emerged of accused killer Dylann Roof with the flag. Demands to take it down intensified, and the Confederate flag was gone three weeks later.

It was sent to a state museum for display. But as Sarah Delia reports from Columbia, that display isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

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The boundary between North and South Carolina is finally set. It's taken more than 20 years to clarify the colonial-era line with modern technology. Another part of that process was deciding how to deal with households and businesses that find themselves in a new state. The bill Governor McCrory signed June 22nd lays out ways to ease them into life in a different Carolina. Many are anxious about the transition. 

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The school officer seen grabbing a South Carolina high school student in a video has been fired. Deputy Ben Fields is no longer an employee of the Richland County Sherriff’s office in Columbia said Sheriff Leon Lott Wednesday. 

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It took less than five minutes to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol, a symbol that’s been fought over for 54 years. It happened on the same day the FBI admitted the alleged shooter in the Charleston church killings should not have been permitted to buy a gun.

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"The Confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse," Gov. Nikki Haley declared in a bill-signing ceremony.

The flag will be lowered at 10 a.m. Friday. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen provides this update to NPR's Kelly McEvers during All Things Considered.

The Confederate battle flag will soon be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol. Shortly after 1 a.m., the state House gave its final approval to take down the flag and move it to a nearby museum. The vote was 94-20 and came after a long and contentious night.

Seven hours into the debate, Representative Joseph Neal reminded his colleagues that “when that flag stands out front, the entire African-American Community feels a pain.”

A pain, the Democrat said, based on a long and disturbing history and the recent murder of nine black parishioners. 

South Carolina House debate began late Wednesday on legislation that would remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. First, lawmakers rejected a series of compromise amendments. WFAE's Tom Bullock has this update with NPR's Kelly McEvers during All Things Considered:

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Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate gave its final approval for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Debate moves to the South Carolina House of Representatives Wednesday.

Of course, the Capitol has been the scene of debate and protests the last couple weeks. So WFAE’s Ben Bradford couldn’t help but notice when he saw some unexpected frivolity this afternoon.

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A conservative group has launched a campaign to pressure South Carolina legislators to leave the Confederate flag in front of the State Capital.

The group, called the Conservative Response Team, has no official website, but has a presence on Facebook and Youtube. They claim to be a 501(c)4 group (status pending) and say they are “ready to fight back anywhere, anytime against leftist kooks.”