Gov. Nikki Haley is urging people to stay away from the area around the Statehouse on Saturday, where the Ku Klux Klan has announced plans for a rally in support of the Confederate flag and the Black Panthers have announced a counter-protest. Haley says the KKK members are hoping to create a “disruptive, hateful spectacle.” Source: AP

House Speaker Jay Lucas unilaterally stated that debate over the names of South Carolina monuments, buildings, street names, etc. is not up for debate. Lucas: “Debate over this issue will not be expanded or entertained throughout the remainder of my time as Speaker.” Source: G’ville News

Appearing in court yesterday, Dylann Roof learned that he’ll face trial on nine counts of murder in addition to attempted murder and gun charges during a trial set for July 2016. Source: P&C, AP

NYT Profile: “Dylann Roof’s Past Reveals Trouble at Home and School

Congressman Jim Clyburn and S.C. Rep. Beth Bernstein, both Democrats, say they plan to introduce legislation to prevent the oversight that allowed suspected Emanuel shooter to be able to buy a gun. Source: 

South Carolina native Dustin Johnson led the Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland after the opening round on Thursday. Source: ESPN

2016 headline from NPR: “Can Walker hit South Carolina’s sweet spot?”

2016 update: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham finds himself in the middle of the fundraising pack, but with less cash spent so far, compared to some of the front-runner Republicans, in his bid for the GOP nomination. Source: Anderson, NYT

Also, is Gov. Nikki Haley’s national prominence growing after her visible advocacy role after the Emanuel shooting? Source: P&C

After the early-morning death of a Clemson student while on a run with his fraternity brothers, the university has reportedly overhauled its Greek Life system. Source: G’ville News

Prices may be going up next year for Obamacare policyholders, says the head of South Carolina’s insurance department. Source: P&C

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