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Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Email correspondence shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl.

Veronica was in the center of a custody battle between her biological father, Cherokee Nation member Dusten Brown, and her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.

The email correspondence was among thousands of pages released to The Associated Press on Friday under an open-records request about the case.

The correspondence included news articles about the case, strategy between the governor and her advisers and emails from constituents.

Fallin had signed an extradition order for Brown to face a criminal charge for refusing to hand over Veronica.

But Brown ultimately handed the child over to her adopted parents and the extradition order was dropped.


Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman dies at 79

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman has died after more than three decades in office. He was 79.

Janice Summers with Caughman-Harman Funeral Home says Harman died Friday.

First elected in 1977, the longtime coroner had been in a care facility for a little over a year following a February 2013 car accident.

Authorities said that Harman had to be cut out of the wreckage of his SUV after it slammed into a parked tractor-trailer on a foggy roadway near Columbia Metro Airport.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


SC unemployment fell to 5.5 percent in March

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate is continuing to go down.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate was 5.5 percent in March.

That's down from 5.7 percent in February. The drop means the state's unemployment rate has now fallen for 10 straight months.

State officials say that employment has reached a historic high. The Workforce Department said the number of employed people in South Carolina last month was just over 2 million.

In anticipation of the summer tourist season, leisure and hospitality jobs were up by 9,300 last month. Professional and business services jobs also increased by 4,400.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March.


Man dies in fall at Myrtle Beach hotel

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has died after falling seven floors from the balcony of a Myrtle Beach hotel.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler says the fall happened shortly after midnight Thursday. The name of the victim has not been released while family members are notified.

Authorities are investigating but they do not suspect foul play. A police report says an officer was flagged down by the manager of the Windsurfer Motel on North Ocean Boulevard at the time of the fall.

The victim was found on the ground near the hotel pool.


Replicas of Columbus' ships visiting Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - Replicas of Columbus' ships the Nina and the Pinta are visiting South Carolina although the Santa Maria is not.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports replicas of the two ships arrived at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown this week and are remaining through the weekend. The ships are open for tours daily.

The event visit is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands which works to educate people about the type of ships Columbus used on his exploration to the Americas in 1492.

The ships tour for ten months each year visiting about 40 different places around the country.


Haas withdraws with wrist injury

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Former FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas withdrew Friday from the RBC Heritage with a wrist injury.

Haas was the first-round leader at the Masters a week ago after his opening 68. But he followed that up with a 78 and eventually wound up tied for 20th. At Harbour Town Golf Links, Haas opened with a 1-over 72 that left him six shots off the lead shared by Matt Kuchar, Steven Langley and William McGirt.

Haas did not start his second round here.

Haas is ranked 31st in the world. He has won at least one PGA Tour event in each of the past four seasons, the2011 Tour Championship that secured him that season's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Haas is the son of former PGA Tour and Champions Tour winner Jay Haas.

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