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The Latest: Haley asks lawmakers to follow survivors’ lead

January 21, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State address (all times local):

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7:05 p.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley asks legislators in her sixth State of the State to follow the example of the victims and survivors of last year’s tragedies to make South Carolina stronger.

The Republican governor said Wednesday that the events of last year changed South Carolina, and if lawmakers follow the lead of those who inspired a nation, there’s no limit to the state’s future.

She recognized the “hole” in the chamber caused by the death of Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was among the nine gunned down in the historic black church he pastored. She evoked his memory in calling for amicable disagreements.

And she thanked Walter Scott’s family, saying their response to a video showing an officer killing him helped the state “learn from your tragedy, grow from it and take action” in hopes it won’t happen again.

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9:30 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will call for amicable political disagreement in her six State of the State address.

Haley’s address Wednesday to a joint Legislature will draw national scrutiny a week after her Republican response to President Barack Obama cast her as the GOP’s moderate voice and fueled speculation she could be on the presidential ticket.

Her speech follows a historic year for South Carolina, when a massacre at a historic black church resulted in the Confederate flag being removed from Statehouse grounds.

According to excerpts of her speech, Haley will ask legislators to follow the example of their colleague, the church’s slain pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

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