S.C. Votes to Remove Confederate Flag


Confederate FlagSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will sign a bill removing the Confederate Flag from statehouse grounds at 4 p.m. today, after the state house of representatives approved it overnight.

The approval early Thursday comes nearly three weeks after nine people, including a state senator, were gunned down in a hate crime at a historic black church in Charleston.

The chamber approved a second and final vote by a margin of 94-20, sending it to Haley to sign it into law. Under a state senate proposal, the flag would have to be removed within 24 hours of the governor signing the bill.

Members deliberated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, including in a tearful speech by white Republican Rep. Jenny Horne, with some Republicans proposing amendments to the bill to honor their Southern ancestors.

Altering the senate bill would have further delayed the removal of the flag. Read more at The Post and Courier.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}