Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children.

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SOUTH CAROLINA-STATEHOUSE Staley, national champion Gamecocks honored at Statehouse COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and her national champion Gamecocks got a standing ovation from lawmakers as they were honored at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The women's basketball team defeated Mississippi State earlier this month for its first national championship.

Martin looking for more after Gamecocks' Final Four run

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It took a trip to the pristine beaches of Grand Cayman nearly two weeks the Final Four for South Carolina coach Frank Martin to soak in the Gamecocks' accomplishment. Now he's wants more. Martin is determined the Final Four appearance won't be a one-time thing. He faces an uphill challenge, losing his core leaders and starting point guard off that squad.

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children.

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UNC-NCAA-PUBLIC RECORDS Bill addressing UNC school records on athletic groups OK'd RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A measure affirming documents held by University of North Carolina system schools about their member athletic organizations -- like the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference -- are public records has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A Senate judiciary committee recommended the measure Monday. It's got one more panel to pass before reaching the chamber floor. Bill sponsor Sen.

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run, according to federal court documents filed Monday. Authorities credit the caretaker of a remote northern California property for helping police find the girl Thursday and arrest her alleged abductor, fired teacher Tad Cummins.

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Rains bring street flooding, power outages in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Heavy rains moving across South Carolina have left street flooding and scattered power outages. Duke Energy reported more than 2,500 customers without electricity Monday morning. Most of those were in Greenville County. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. reported about 200 customers without service, most in Lexington County.

Tim Tebow has his best week in minors with 6 hits

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow had his best week in the minors, showing some consistency at the plate last week with two multi-hit games for the Columbia Fireflies. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback is in his first season with the New York Mets' Class A affiliate.

2 victims identified in fatal South Carolina boat crash

CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) -- The coroner has identified two people who died in a boat crash on Lake Murray. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release that one of the victims of the Friday night collision between two boats was 37-year-old Mark Daniel Phillips of Columbia. He died of blunt force trauma. The news release identifies the other victim as 28-year-old Christopher Shawn Lanier of Blythewood. His cause of death was pending.

Univ. of South Carolina to recognize 1800s slave labor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The University of South Carolina is putting up two historical markers to recognize the role slaves played in building the university during its first 60 years. Trustees approved the new plaques Friday without discussion. The markers will recognize that slaves helped construct the first buildings on the campus, which was founded in 1801.

Troopers hold memorial for 1,017 crash victims in 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Highway patrol has held a memorial service to honor the more than 1,000 people who died in crashes on roads in the state in 2016. Public Safety Department Director Leroy Smith said Saturday that troopers have been holding the event every year for three decades to help families cope with grief and draw attention to how dangerous South Carolina roads can be.

Lawyer: Abducted Tennessee girl's recovery 'just beginning'

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl's family says. The girl is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma, lawyer Jason Whatley said in a statement Friday. "There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning," Whatley said.

Soldier charged after 24 dead animals found in apartment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An Army staff sergeant has been arrested after police found 24 dead animals in his abandoned apartment in South Carolina. The State reports (http://bit.ly/2p2u6aq) 36-year-old Kurt Hafner was being evicted from his apartment April 10 when Richland County Sheriff's deputies found the carcasses of a bearded dragon, two alligator snapping turtles, a variety of snakes and a dog. An animal abuse investigator for the department, Sgt.

The Latest: Teacher faces federal charge in student case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Latest on a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago and has been found safe in California (all times local): 3:30 p.m. An acting U.S. attorney in Tennessee says the teacher who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex. Acting U.S.

Director: State prisons 'clearly need more officers'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's prisons "clearly need more officers," but keeping jobs filled is a struggle, the state's Corrections director told senators Thursday after the deaths of four inmates at one prison and three officers injured at another. Director Bryan Stirling said a single officer sometimes must monitor more than 200 inmates, depending on the prison and shift.

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The Latest: Discipline undetermined for officer in shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a South Carolina grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The chief of a small South Carolina police department says he hasn't decided if one of his officers should face internal discipline in a 2016 shooting that a grand jury examined without issuing any charges.