[image-1]Lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up proposals to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, a move that could prompt the NAACP to end its 15-year South Carolina boycott. But first, the House will take care of any veto overrides from Gov. Nikki Haley’s slate of 87 vetoes that account for some $30 million of the state’s $7 billion budget. Source: AP, The State, P&C

In an interview with the Post and Courier, Gov. Nikki Haley said that the experience of attending the nine funerals for each victim of the Emanuel AME Church shootings “have forever changed me.”  She continued: “I wanted to be at each and every one of them. I needed to be able to say I was sorry.” Source: P&C

State elections officials announced last week that a special primary to fill the seat left vacant by S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s murder at Mother Emanuel will be held on September 1 and the special election on October 20. Some candidates have begun declaring their intentions to enter the race. Source: Beaufort Gazette

Charleston attorney Andrew Savage, who is representing Michael Slager, the former North Charleston cop accused of the murder of Walter Scott, says that he’s asking state investigators why initial scans of the crime scene the day of the shooting were deleted and had to be redone. Private investigators working for Slager’s case also said they found bullets missed by SLED agents at the scene, one of which was matched to Slager’s pistol. Source: P&C

More than 2,000 people lined up in Columbia over the weekend ride down a 300+ yard slip and slide down Gadsden Street for the Slide the City event.