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The Latest: South Carolina House remembers church victims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the Confederate flag debate in the South Carolina (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

The South Carolina House opened its session to debate the Confederate flag with a speech from the representative whose district included the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church where nine people were killed during Bible study.

Rep. Wendell Gillard said he wanted the House to remember why they were there a month after their regular session was supposed to end.

“We cannot ever add to what was their sacrifice and their example. They gave their last level of devotion to their church and in doing so, stand as an example of Christian love,” Gillard said.

Gillard was surrounded by nearly three dozen lawmakers, most of them Democrats.

All House members gave Gillard a standing ovation when he finished, and Speaker Jay Lucas asked for a moment of silence.

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