The Agenda: House gets flag vote next; Morris Sokol closing; Vetoes overridden

Charleston named top Travel+Leisure destination (again)

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Today, state senators voted again to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Next up: The state House, where some "hurdles" may be in play when debate begins tomorrow on what will be the last stand for flag supporters before the bill heads to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk. Haley has been outspoken in her wishes for the flag's removal. Source: The State

The bills up for debate in the Statehouse propose that the flag instead be placed in the state's Confederate Relic Room, a dim corner in the back of the State Museum in Columbia. Source: The State

After that, are monuments like former Gov. Ben Tillman's the next to be targeted for the history behind the figures they depict? (See Will Moredock's cover story from February 2014 for more on "Pitchfork Ben.") Source: The State, CP

In other Statehouse news, the state House voted to overturn 47 of 87 budget vetoes by Haley on Monday, including $2.1 million for Clemson University, restoring all but $925,000 in funding nixed by Haley. Source: AP

Travel+Leisure magazine announced today that Charleston ranks as the #2 destination in the world (behind Kyoto, Japan) and the top U.S. destination in a reader poll. It's the third consecutive year that the Holy City has been named as T+L readers' favorite North American destination. Source: CNN, P&C

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Furniture store Morris Sokol announced today that it will close the doors to its landmark Upper King Street store. A "retirement sale" will be held before the store, which has been operated by three generations of the Sokol family, closes its doors for the final time. Source: P&C, ABC News 4

A pair of completed corporate mergers today: Dollar Tree has finalized its $8.5 billion purchase of Charlotte-based Family Dollar and MeadWestvaco has merged with RockTenn Co., to become WestRock. Source: AP, CRBJ

Two professors fired from Charleston School of Law earlier this summer have filed suits against the school, claiming retaliation for opposition to the school's proposed acquisition by private law school operator InfiLaw. Source: P&C, CRBJ

Regional planners are asking for public input on plans to improve recreation options on Charleston area waterways, known as "blueways." Source: Live 5

Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be home to a new X-League pro arena football team, the Myrtle Beach Freedom. Source: WBTW

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