The Agenda: Roof charged with hate crimes; McGinley to Berkeley?; West Elm, Field & Stream opening soon

State prosecutors say Columbia gun ban before KKK rally was likely unconstitutional

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A federal grand jury handed down a 33-count indictment of Dylann Roof yesterday, including formal federal hate crime charges for his accused role in the June 17 Mother Emanuel shootings. Source: NYT

The state attorney general's office says that a temporary weapons ban around the Statehouse that was put in place by Columbia City Council before the KKK rally last weekend and then repealed this week would have likely been ruled unconstitutional if challenged in court. Source: P&C

Leroy Smith, who runs the state Department of Public Safety and was the law enforcement officer pictured helping a man wearing a white supremacist t-shirt out of the heat over the weekend at the rally, says he's been overwhelmed by the response to the photo. Source: NYT/AP

A bit of store opening news: Field and Stream recently announced it would open its newest big box outdoor store in North Charleston on August 27. West Elm, the trendy home furnishings store owned by Williams-Sonoma, announced this week that it will open its King Street location on August 13. Source: P&C

Efficiencies being developed over the course of ongoing Dreamliner construction are expected to help Boeing make its new flagship passenger jet a profitable product line. Source: P&C

Nancy McGinley, who resigned her post as superintendent of Charleston County schools amid racial controversy, is reportedly interviewing for the same job in Berkeley County. Source: P&C

Mount Pleasant officials broke ground on its new $22 million town hall complex earlier this week. Source: CRBJ


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