Tomorrow, Emanuel AME Church is marking two years since the 2015 mass murder of nine of its worshippers during a Bible study in the church basement by a white supremacist. Two years later, the church leadership and its followers are still deeply affected by the loss and continue working to live by their loved ones’ examples. Source: P&C

Historian Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s popular National Museum for African American History and Culture, visited Emanuel yesterday as part of a CofC series on race and justice. Bunch: “I’ve been around the world, given many lectures, but nothing humbles me like being here.” Source: P&C

Op-ed by Emanuel widower Anthony Thompson, husband of Myra: “Make gun reform a tribute to Emanuel victims”

Two of S.C.’s largest hospital networks, Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System, are planning to merge. Together, they claim 1.2 million patients and about a third of the state’s Medicaid patients. Source: The State, P&C

After visiting Washington yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster says President Donald Trump may visit S.C. again “in the near future.” Source: P&C

Speculation from a YouTuber who traffics in conspiracy theories may have been what prompted calls to the the Coast Guard and led to the shut down the Wando terminal on Wednesday night over reports of a ‘dirty bomb’ on board a containership docked there. Source: NYT, P&C

For his part, state Treasurer Curtis Loftis dismissed the threat with a weird joke at 6am about a ‘pretty blonde.’ Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant was quick to call out Loftis. Source: P&C