South Carolina

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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.


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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.”

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In South Carolina, some state senators are making passionate calls to move the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds. Senator Vincent Sheheen introduced a bill to do that. On the Senate floor today, he said the debate over the flag shows that racial tensions are still a problem in South Carolina.

"We still have a very serious culture of division within our state. And it's a culture of division that we as leaders have to take stands to change."

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South Carolina lawmakers reconvene in Columbia this morning, where they will debate the fate of a Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the capital. Lawmakers have introduced three bills to move the flag to a nearby museum. But for many, this debate is about more than just location.

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The call to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol grounds has gained a powerful supporter.  Governor Nikki Haley said it’s time to take down a symbol that divides the state. 

Haley said the shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston last week made people look at the Confederate flag differently. Flanked by politicians from both parties, she called on state lawmakers to remove it. 

Michael Tomsic

A South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned is under renovation. You can't miss it driving on I-85 near the North Carolina border: it's a massive peach-shaped water tower.

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