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  1. South Carolina, Kansas governors: No Guantanamo detaineesRead the original story

    Tuesday Aug 25 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - The governors of South Carolina and Kansas wrote to the Obama administration on Tuesday, threatening to sue if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are brought to military installations in either state. "We will not be part of any illegal and ill-advised action by this Administration, especially when that action relates to importing terrorists into our states," Govs. Nikki Haley and Sam Brownback told Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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  2. Poll: Majority of Americans support Confederate flag removalRead the original story

    Wednesday Aug 5 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. - A national survey shows 57 percent of Americans support South Carolina's decision to remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds while 34 percent are opposed. The Pew Research Center conducted the poll the week after the ceremony on July 10 when an honor guard lowered the battle flag and it was delivered to a museum.

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  3. Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 23, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By ERIC TUCKER and MEG KINNARD Associated Press WASHINGTON - Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion. The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston.

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  4. Black state official 'overwhelmed' by viral photo responseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform. That man in the uniform was Leroy Smith, who runs the state Department of Public Safety, and a photo of his Saturday encounter with the man wearing the swastika has gone viral on the Internet.

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  5. Should segregationist statue in SC tell about massacre too?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 19, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - As South Carolina pulled down the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, the statue of avowed segregationist and former governor and U.S senator "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman watched. Tillman's statue seems safe for now - Republican legislative leaders, Democrats in the General Assembly and civil rights leaders aren't calling for it to come down.

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  6. A look at South Carolina Gov. Haley's successes and stumblesRead the original story

    Jul 15, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - GOP Gov. Nikki Haley's successful push to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds following last month's massacre at a historic black church has boosted her national profile. But that transpired over just a few weeks of the five years she's been in office.

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  7. Flag dispute: NAACP Oks ending its boycott of South CarolinaRead the original story

    Jul 11, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The NAACP has passed a resolution lifting its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina, a day after that state took down a Confederate battle flag flying near its Statehouse. The civil rights group approved the measure Saturday at its national convention in Philadelphia to end the boycott of tourism and other economic activity.

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  8. South Carolina's Confederate flag is gone, but others remainRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 11, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    By KATHLEEN FOODY, JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate battle flag no longer flies at South Carolina's Statehouse, now relegated to a room filled with other relics of the state's secession. Other vestiges of the Civil War-era South are unlikely to vanish so soon.

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  9. The Latest: 3 arrested for stealing Confederate flagRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina : 8:30 p.m. Delaware police have charged three young men with stealing a Confederate flag from a private home in Newark. Barry Binkley Jr. reported that the flag had been removed from a flagpole outside his home on Wednesday.

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  10. The Latest: Pole that flew Confederate flag also removedRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina : 2:35 p.m. The 30-foot tall flagpole where the Confederate flag flew for 15 years on the front lawn of the South Carolina Capitol has been pulled down. A crane yanked the pole from the ground about 2:20 p.m. Friday, just over four hours after the flag was removed.

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  11. Confederate flag taken down in South Carolina after 54 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - For the first time since the civil rights movement, the Confederate flag was removed entirely from the South Carolina Statehouse, in a swift ceremony Friday before thousands of people who cheered as the Civil War-era banner was lowered from a 30-foot flagpole. Many people believed the flag would fly indefinitely in this state, which was the first to leave Union, but the killing of nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston last month changed that sentiment and reignited calls to bring down Confederate flags and symbols across the nation.

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  12. The Latest: Pole that flew Confederate flag to be removedRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina : 12:58 p.m. Officials with Gov. Nikki Haley's office say the pole on which the Confederate battle flag once flew will soon be removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. Spokesman Rob Godfrey posted on his Twitter account that the process to remove the pole and the fence that surrounds it is tentatively set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday.

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  13. The Latest: Confederate flag is removed in South CarolinaRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina : 10:20 a.m. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley didn't show any emotion as the Confederate flag was lowered and removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds until someone in the crowd yelled "Thank you, governor!" Then, as the flag was taken down Friday morning, Haley nodded in the direction of the cheering and smiled. The flag was taken down by a state Highway Patrol honor guard.

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  14. After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from StatehouseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV

    By JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely. The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 massacre of nine black parishioners - including a state senator - at a Charleston church during a Bible study.

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  15. The Latest: Honor guards stands ready to take down flagRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina : 9:55 a.m. An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol has arrived on the grounds of the Statehouse and the officers are standing stoically as they wait to take down the Confederate flag. The group is standing near the flag with their hands behind their backs.

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  16. The Latest: Haley proud of state's response to shootingsRead the original story

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - 7:40 a.m. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she's proud of how her state responded to the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month, a shooting that led to Friday's removal of the Confederate flag flying in front of the Statehouse. Haley told NBC's "Today" show Friday morning that she'll be thinking of the shooting victims as the flag is removed at a 10 a.m. ceremony.

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  17. South Carolina's Confederate flag comes down FridayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - With protracted emotional debates and raucous protests behind them, South Carolina officials were preparing Friday to quietly and quickly remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse where it has flown for more than a half-century. The state planned a simple, short ceremony at 10 a.m. to remove the rebel banner, which was surrounded in its final hours by ropes and barricades.

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  18. Plea by Jefferson Davis descendant spurs SC flag voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - An impassioned plea by a descendant of the Confederate president seemed to swing momentum as South Carolina legislators debated whether to remove the rebel battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. Republicans offered dozens of amendments during the 14-hour debate, and even one would have delayed the flag's removal.

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  19. The Latest: Group to fight for Confederate license platesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. - The latest on the Confederate flag debate in the South Carolina : 6:30 A Southern heritage group says it is going to federal court to keep the Confederate battle flag on Virginia license plates. The Virginia division and the national leadership of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said Thursday they want to stop the state from banishing the image of the flag from the plates.

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  20. Country music acts quietly abandon Confederate flagRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2015 | KAIT-TV Jonesboro

    By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr. But the rebel banner that will be removed Friday from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol has faded from stage and song, with many country artists quietly distancing themselves from the emblem that used to feature prominently in merchandise, lyrics and concerts.

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