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Small business owners are asking Gov. Nikki Haley to stand against exploring and drilling for oil and natural gas off the S.C. coast. Source: The State

New Orleans is reportedly considering an ordinance to remove all of its Confederate monuments, a move the AP calls, “one of the most sweeping gestures yet by an American city to sever ties with Confederate history.” Source: AP

The first group of refugees from Syria have been resettled in South Carolina, despite a request from Haley that they not be placed here over security concerns. Source: G’ville News

Rev. Al Sharpton met with Citadel leaders yesterday after photos of cadets surfaced last week appearing to show them in Ku Klux Klan-like hoods. Source: P&C,

An opinion issued by Attorney General Alan Wilson issued yesterday said that it is legal under S.C. state law for politicians to spend campaign money on a business operated by the lawmaker or their family and that it is legal to “cause or influence” a legislative caucus to hire a business in which an elected colleague has an economic interest. Source: P&C

In the past three years, Americans’ opinion on the state of race relations in the nation have almost completely flipped, with less than 40 percent of those polled thinking race relations are fairly or very good. Source: WSJ