• Members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company dance during the opening ceremonies of the 40th Spoleto Festival USA in front of city hall in Charleston, S.C., on Friday May 27, 2016. The internationally known arts festival runs through June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    Spoleto Festival USA begins 40th season in South Carolina

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened Friday amid tributes to the men who established the internationally known art festival and remembrances of the nine people fatally shot in a city church last year during a Bible study.

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  • Jennifer Pinckney greets family members after the unveiling of the portrait of slain state Sen. Clementa Pinckney at the state Capitol, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. Clementa Pinckney died in that church along with eight others on June 17, leading a nighttime Bible study. Police said they were gunned down by a man motivated by racial hatred. (Paul Zoeller/The Post And Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won’t be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.

  • This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.  The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)

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    Justice Department seeking death penalty in Charleston, SC, church shooting

  • This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.  The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)

    The Latest: Portrait to be unveiled of slain church pastor

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a church shooting in Charleston about a year ago that left nine black members dead (all times local):