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Key Vote to Remove Confederate Flag in South Carolina

Hundreds of people protest against the Confederate flag (C) during a protest rally in Columbia, South, Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying  at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male suspected of carrying out the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church bloodbath, was one of many southern Americans who identified with the 13-star saltire in red, white and blue.      AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina state senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from the Confederate memorial on the grounds of the State House. The vote passed 37 to 3, according to the Associated Press. The South Carolina House of Representatives must vote on the matter next, this vote is expected on Tuesday. If two…

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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