Palmetto Sunrise: Confederate flag meeting today

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., Friday, July 10, 2015, ending its 54-year presence there. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

COLUMBIA -- The S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission will meet this morning to review how to display the last Confederate battle flag to be flown at the Statehouse grounds.

Schuyler Kropf reported that consultants will present ideas on how to display the flag at the state museum. This is the commission’s second meeting since the rebel banner was removed earlier this summer following the June 17 shooting of nine black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church by an alleged white supremacist.

Allen Roberson, director of the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, said Wednesday the group’s directive is to determine how best to tell the flag’s more modern story, how to feature it in context and then present it “in an appropriate display to honor South Carolinians who died in the Civil War.”

According to a House resolution passed during the flag debate, the museum has until Jan. 1 to come up with a proposal and a budget for the flag’s exhibit.

Dr. Ben Carson wrapped up his four-stop trip to the state Wednesday evening at Wofford College where he participated in a defense-related town hall. We caught up with him at a Winthrop University forum earlier in the day. At a press conference in Spartanburg, Carson called the mass shooting that left 14 dead and 14 wounded in San Bernardino a “hate crime.”

No other GOP presidential candidates will visit the Palmetto State this week.

Some of today’s headlines:

Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee (The Washington Post)

South Carolina law enforcement on high alert after mass shooting in California (The Post and Courier)

Police: California shooting suspects were a couple (The Post and Courier)

George Will: South Carolina’s predictive power (NewsOK)

British bombers strike Islamic State oil fields in Syria (Reuters)

Attorney General will not intervene in Hammond case (The Greenville News)

SC’s Graham files to run in three March 1 GOP primaries (The Herald)

Concrete spill on S.C. 707 and 31 road project creates rocky mess (The Sun News)

Kerry: We can defeat IS within ‘months’ of Syrian transition (The New York Times)

New breaches revealed in report that says Secret Service is ‘in crisis’ (The Washington Post)