The Agenda: State will seek death penalty for Dylann Roof; Trump says he's "totally pledging" GOP support

NYT Editorial Board: ""The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’"

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Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said that her office will seek the death penalty for accused Mother Emanuel gunman Dylann Roof in each of the nine murders at the downtown church on June 17. Wilson: "This was the ultimate crime ... and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment.” Source: NYT, P&C

Two days after Gov. Nikki Haley blamed activist groups like Black Lives Matter for civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the NYT Editorial Board has this in today's paper: "The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter.’"

People are really pumped about the Southern 500 at elder superspeedway Darlington Raceway moving back to its historical spot on the NASCAR schedule as the annual Labor Day weekend race. Racing legend Cale Yarborough: "I don’t know anything that could be much better for this part of the country than the Southern 500 coming back to Labor Day." Source: AP, The State

Republican Party presidential frontrunner Donald Trump says he is "totally pledging" to run for president only as a Republican and committing to support the eventual GOP nominee. Source: NPR, P&C

NPR headline: How White Nationalist Groups Found Their Candidate In Donald Trump"

Gov. Nikki Haley will head to Europe next week for an economic development trip, selling automotive manufacturers on South Carolina as a destination for the industry. Source: AP

The state Public Service Commission unanimously approved a plan for nearly $700 million in cost overruns on its $10 billion nuclear reactor project in Jenkinsville. A rate hike to pay for those overruns has also been proposed, but won't be voted on for a few weeks. For background, see Paul Bowers' report last week. Source: P&C, CP

After flooding closed parts of Main Road, one of the primary access roads for Johns Island, this week, state transportation and CSX railway company officials say they hope to have a solution in place in time for the next big storm to mitigate high floodwaters. Source: P&C

State environmental health officials have signed off on an air pollution permit for Giti Tire to build a massive new manufacturing facility in Chester County. The permit, one of the biggest regulatory hurdles for the tire giant, limits the factory to releasing 25 tons of hazardous air pollutants each year. Two other large tire plants are already operational in the state. Source: The State

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