Watch on WAFF: SC church fire under investigation; New law makes it easier to send missing child alerts

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A church fire in South Carolina is under investigation.

The fire broke out at Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, SC, according to Raycom News Network.

This is the second time in 20 years Mt. Zion has burned. It was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan on June 20, 1995, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities suspect arson caused three black church fires last week: one in Knoxville, TN, one in Macon, GA, and one in Charlotte, NC, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The string of church fires has happened following the murder of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

A new law makes it easier to let you know if a child is missing.

As of Wednesday, it'll be easier for police to let you know if a child is missing, even if the case doesn't meet the criteria of an Amber Alert.
State lawmakers passed a new law this year that goes into effect Wednesday. It's called the Hiawayi Robinson Emergency Missing Child Alert System Act.
This alert system goes along with other systems already in place, like Amber Alert, but it allows police to get the information to the public faster.
It's named after Hiawayi Robinson, an 8-year-old girl from Mobile who went missing last year in September.
There was no Amber Alert issued in the beginning for Robinson. She was found dead 10 days later, two days after an alert was finally issued. Authorities say her case didn't meet Amber Alert criteria because she was only missing, and there was no evidence she'd been kidnapped or was in danger. 
Local law enforcement agencies are required to participate in the new program that has been put in place.

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