First Drip (9/14/15): Sanders speaks to large crowd at Winthrop


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Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of about 3,000 people at Winthrop University in Rock Hill on Saturday evening. Sanders was introduced by Dr. Cornel West and spoke for nearly two hours about wealth inequality, college affordability, mass incarceration and race relations. Sanders mentioned during his speech that the crowd was the largest he had seen during his multiple stops in South Carolina.

Today marks the second anniversary of the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell's family is planning to visit the site of the shooting for the first time, according to reports. A candlelight vigil is planned at the site in Bradford Farms this evening, and mourners are also expected to gather at Marshall Park. 

A second person has reportedly died as a result of a wreck that happened following a police chase in west Charlotte on Friday night. Sarah Bianca Love was pronounced dead on the scene and 17-year-old Jennifer Taggart reportedly died later at the hospital, officials said. The chase began shortly after detectives received a license plate reader hit on a stolen car and police bang following the vehicle. The suspect driving the car, Kenneth Goggins, was charged with felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, DWI, reckless driving, felony speeding to elude and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

A 78-year-old Gastonia man has died as a result of injuries suffered during an attack in July, police said. Fletcher Campbell was reportedly homeless when a 19-year-old man attacked him by throwing a brick at his face repeatedly on July 6. A judge has charged Donald Wallace with murder. 

Lawmakers are reportedly planning to unveil a $21.75 million budget today. The new fiscal year began more than 70 days ago. The legislature is reportedly planning to fund pay for teacher assistants, whose funding will otherwise run out this Friday. They are still reportedly negotiating on tax provisions. 

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