As the ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ heads to the state Senate, Charleston state Sen. Marlon Kimpson says he’ll block bills that expand gun rights until lawmakers hold hearings on proposals to strengthen background checks. Source: P&C
The decision for the federal government to indict Michael Slager on civil rights charges yesterday is a relatively rare move and one that some attorneys believe signals that the Department of Justice wants to send a message to police departments across the country. The Scott family says the case could be a “turning point in history.” Source: AP, P&C
Attorney Andy Savage, who is defending Slager in his state murder case: “It really feels as if Officer Slager is carrying the burden of many past cases that were handled differently.” Source: AP
The State headline: “Ex-North Charleston officer’s indictment: Justice, or scapegoating?”
At least one Charleston-based company was named in the Panama Papers data dump chronicled last month by international journalists. Raleigh and Charelston-based developer EYC Companies has built a few apartment-style developments around the Charleston area. Source: Charlotte Observer
During an apperance on MSNBC earlier this week, host Chris Hayes interviewed former S.C. Congressman Bob Inglis, who was voted out of office in 2010 during what Hayes says “got the first wave of the thing that made Trump.” Source: G’ville News
Hootie and the Blowfish received the state’s highest arts honor, the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts last year. Source: P&C
The Darlington County Historical Commission is in possession of an ornate Bible dating back to the mid 17th century that came to the Pee Dee with first Welsh settlers in the region in 1736. Source: Florence Morning News
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