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Ruling May End Protection for 170 S.C. Confederate Memorials

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lawyers for the state of South Carolina say about 170 Confederate monuments may have lost state protection because of a judge's decision allowing racial references to be removed from a World War I monument that lists fallen soldiers as "white" or "colored."

The state is asking Circuit Judge Frank Addy to reconsider his ruling that allows the town of Greenwood to remove the racial references from a private monument there.

The state's Heritage Act prevents changes to public monuments honoring the Confederacy and other historical events and figures without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

In the Greenwood case, Addy said monuments owned by private groups on public lands aren't bound by the Heritage Act, allowing the town to change the plaques on the monument. State lawyers disagree.

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