Father of Cherokee girl to be extradited to SC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the father of a Cherokee girl in the middle of an adoption case must go to South Carolina to face accusations that he is interfering with custody of the girl.

Fallin said Wednesday she had signed an extradition order that sends Dusten Brown to South Carolina. She had said last month she wouldn't sign the document if Brown showed a willingness to work with Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who want to adopt 3-year-old Veronica.

Fallin's order does not change Veronia's current placement with Brown's family.

Brown was charged with custodial interference last month after refusing to give Veronica to her adoptive parents. The Capobiancos were finalized as her adoptive parents in July, but Brown did not turn the girl over.


APNewsBreak: Haley to start mileage reimbursement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The director of South Carolina's ethics agency tells The Associated Press that Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign should have been reimbursing taxpayers for mileage in state vehicles to her campaign events.

Haley campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said last week the campaign began logging mileage to fundraising events when she publicly declared her re-election bid. It had previously reimbursed only for additional costs incurred by her security detail during out-of-state fundraisers.

Godfrey said the decision followed discussions with state law enforcement regarding "decades-old precedent" for governors.

Ethics director Herb Hayden said Wednesday that opinions from the ethics commission in 1990 and 1991 clearly advise all officeholders with supplied vehicles to track campaign mileage and pay for it.

Haley attorney Butch Bowers plans to seek a new opinion that gives the governor an exception.


Judge dismisses suit over SC party registration

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the Greenville County Republican Party's lawsuit seeking to limit primaries to registered supporters.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lewis said in an order released last week that the county party did not have the legal standing to sue to close the state's primaries.

Any voter registered in South Carolina is allowed to participate in one primary election per cycle without declaring a political affiliation.

In 2010, the Greenville County party's executive committee filed a federal lawsuit saying South Carolina's open primary system denied the party its First Amendment rights to free association. The suit was aimed at forcing the Legislature to require voters to register by party before primary voting.

The state GOP was initially part of the lawsuit but dropped out earlier this year.


2 teens arrested for assaulting boy at Sumter High

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy at Sumter High School earlier this year.

Police said Wednesday two 16-year-old boys had been charged with conspiracy and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Authorities say a 14-year-old student told police in May that three people had assaulted him in a bathroom at the school several months earlier. The boy told police two people held him down while another penetrated him with a foreign object.

Bond was set for each defendant at $20,000, and it wasn't immediately known if they had attorneys. Police said they were still working to identify a third subject.


Fishermen, others learn to deal with lionfish

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fishermen and others in the Carolinas are learning how to deal with the invasion of lionfish on a year-round basis.

The environmental group REEF is holding workshops in the Carolinas during the next few days to provide information about lionfish and how humans, their only predators, can deal with them. Sessions are being held Wednesday in Wilmington N.C., Thursday in Charleston and next week in Morehead City, N.C.

The foot-long, one-pound invaders with venomous spines are native to the tropical Pacific and Indian oceans.

They were first found off Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 years ago but now are common off the Carolinas as well. They have no natural predators in the ocean and scientists say only humans can control the invasion.


Sanford opposes intervention in Syria

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford says he will vote against military intervention in Syria.

The Republican lawmaker says his constituents are weary of military and financial engagements in the Middle East. And Sanford says the Obama administration has not answered questions about why it's in America's interest and what the exit strategy would be.

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Tuesday drafted a resolution permitting a 90-day military mission in Syria but prohibiting U.S. troops on the ground there.


Whooping cough cases rise in SC Upstate

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough is increasing in the Upstate.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday the number of cases in Anderson County is higher than usual. A case has been confirmed at Clemson Elementary School in Pickens County.

Officials say the students at Clemson Elementary may have been exposed between Aug. 20 and Aug. 30.

Cases have been reported at five elementary schools in Anderson County.

Symptoms are similar to asthma in young people. They include coughing spells, a choking sensation and shortness of breath.

DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley says the vaccine given to children is about 85 percent effective. Beasley says the vaccine reduces the severity of the illness when children do get sick.


Former soldier gets 10 years for heroin smuggling

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Army captain who pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin into the U.S. while working as a contractor in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Thirty-six-year-old Saleem Akbar Sharif of Johns Island, S.C., was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Delaware. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Sharif's defense attorney blamed his criminal conduct on post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the violence he saw after being deployed to Iraq in 2004.

Prosecutors suggested that Sharif was motivated by profit, and the defense acknowledged that Sharif knew what he was doing was wrong. Court records show Sharif and his accomplices concealed the heroin in DVD cases.

Sharif faced a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.


Hilton Head Island envisions beach project in 2015

(Information in the following story is from: The Island Packet, )

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Town officials on the resort island of Hilton Head Island are proposing a new project to rebuild the beaches along the middle section of the island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports the town's public facilities committee has proposed that sand be poured on the beaches in 2015. Some beaches along the central portion of the island are eroding at the rate of about 5 feet a year.

But the committee was told Tuesday that the nourishment projects planned for 2015 and beyond will likely be smaller and cost less than in the past. The town plans for a nourishment project every seven to 10 years.

The last major project was seven years ago on the north end of the island. That cost about $17 million.