Polly Sheppard, a survivor in 2015’s Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston that left nine dead, urged Republicans in the state Senate Wednesday to join 48 other states in passing a hate crimes law. The bill has been stuck for months with eight Republicans senators objecting. Only eight more legislative days remain before the bill dies. Sheppard urges the objecting senators to at least vote on the bill, instead of letting the measure die.  Black leaders and Charleston City Council also are urging state legislators to pass the bill.

Meanwhile, gun violence continues across South Carolina as police responded to gunshots Tuesday night in Rock Hill and found two dead from gunshot wounds on the side of the road, one dead in a car and the fourth injured from a gunshot to the arm. Police are continuing to investigate. In Greenville, a shooting near a park sent two to the hospital.  And North Charleston citizens are reflecting on an April 25 shooting as kids were playing baseball in a park.

In other South Carolina news:

$3.2 million purchase preserves Botany Bay entrance.  A purchase of 176 acres of land at the entrance of Botany Bay Plantation Heritage preserve will ensure it remains natural and safe from development, according to media reports. 

S.C. recognized in role of desegregation. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Expansion Act was unanimously passed earlier this week by the U.S. House, modifying the legislation to expand its National Parks site to recognize the five cases that were combined as Brown v. Board of Education. In addition to the Monroe School building in Topeka, Kansas, locations in three other states and Washington, D.C. will become recognized as historic sites.

Some S.C. senators regret $1b rebate in $12b budget. The South Carolina Senate on Wednesday spent several hours discussing the $12 billion budget, deciding the money should be spent on road improvements, building rural schools, providing a $1,500 bonus to teachers, a COVID-19 bonus to state employees or other options. However, some senators, including Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, believed that enough research wasn’t done in passing the plan, which passed unanimously last month.

Brookgreen Garden unveils massive renovation plan. Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet unveiled its $20 million “Campaign for the Next Generation” on Wednesday. Brookgreen CEO Page Kiniry said the plan started three years ago, with $16.1 million of its $20 million goal  already pledged so far. The plan includes a new art gallery space, a new conservatory, expansion of Lowcountry history exhibits and an exhibit in the Lowcountry Zoo for the endangered red wolf.

Man arrested in shooting of 9-year-old boy. Charleston police arrested a 21-year-old man Wednesday in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy on America Street last week. The man, who was on bail in 2020, was charged with assault, battery of a high and aggravated nature and shooting into an occupied vehicle. If convicted, he could face 30 years in prison.

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