*The South Carolina House has approved a measure that allows them to consider removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.
The lawmakers were in a special session Tuesday to pass a state budget, but they took the extraordinary step to allow the flag debate after nine black church members were killed last week in Charleston.
Legislators will pass a state budget and when they return to consider Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget vetoes, they will take up the flag issue. That could be in a couple of weeks.
The House held a moment of silence for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator, who was killed in the attack.