Source: Haley formulating plan to remove Confederate flag from State House

Published: Jun. 22, 2015 at 2:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2015 at 2:44 PM EDT
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Source: Governor's office)
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Source: Governor's office)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A source close to the situation says Gov. Nikki Haley is formulating a plan with State House leaders to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

Details are limited, but Haley is holding a news conference on Monday at 4 p.m., according to a release from the governor's office.

The governor's office stopped short of saying the reasons for the news conference.

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas has already called for "swift resolution" on the Confederate flag issue.

Meanwhile, the governor has returned from Charleston after visiting the site of the shooting that killed nine people last week.

The governor is facing calls from South Carolina citizens who want the Confederate Flag removed from the State House grounds following the shooting due to suspect Dylann Roof's racial beliefs.

State leaders in Charleston also held a news conference in North Charleston to call for the flag's removal. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley called upon leaders to take down Roof's "symbol."

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