As SC Honors Church Victims, Alabama Lowers Its Flags

The Confederate battle flag was still flying high atop a 30-foot pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, as lawmakers prepared to honor their beloved black colleague with a viewing in the Rotunda. Elsewhere around the nation, leaders were already demoting the historic but divisive symbol. By the order of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday, four Confederate banners were being taken down from a large monument to secessionist soldiers outside that state's capitol. A spokeswoman for Bentley called the flags "a distraction," and said that no Alabama law prohibits the removal of the flags by executive order.