Monday, June 19, 2017

The Agenda: Ten years since Sofa Super Store fire; SC-5 a test of Trump's popularity?; Millions spent on S.C. online charter schools

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Captain Chris Villarreal carried a memorial helmet at a 2012 remembrance - JOSHUA CURRY FILE PHOTO
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  • Captain Chris Villarreal carried a memorial helmet at a 2012 remembrance

The Agenda is our daily news round-up of stories affecting South Carolina.

Sunday marked the ten year anniversary of the Sofa Super Store fire in West Ashley, which claimed the lives of nine local firefighters in the blaze. Source: P&C

On the two-year anniversary of the Emanuel shootings Saturday, the church announced that Michael Arad, the designer of the 9/11 Memorial in New York, will design a memorial for Emanuel AME Church. Source: AP

South Carolina Republicans and the state's lone Democrat in Washington agree that the aftermath of the Alexandria shooting last week is a time for "peace and soul-searching," not political appeals. Source: P&C

Voters head to the polls tomorrow in a special election in the 5th District of S.C. to fill the seat left vacant by Mick Mulvaney. Though the district leans heavily Republican, as one of the first federal races since President Donald Trump took office, its outcome will likely be seen from both sides as a test of the president's popularity in the area. Source: P&C, McClatchy, AP

Reporters from Reuters talked with Whole Foods workers from Mt. Pleasant after the announcement Friday that Amazon will buy the high-end grocery chain. Source: Reuters

$350 million: The amount of money the state has spent since 2007 on the poorly-performing statewide online charter school district. Source: P&C

One of three shootings that took place in Myrtle Beach over eight hours Saturday night was reportedly streamed live on Facebook. MB Mayor John Rhodes said he is worried that having violent incidents shared widely on Facebook could hurt the city's image. Rhodes: "We’re gonna send a message to do everything that’s humanly possible to stop this violence in our city." Source: Myrtle Beach Sun News

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