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.

Kentucky's Adebayo will hire agent, stay in NBA draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo will hire an agent and stay in the NBA draft. He is the fifth Wildcat to leave school for the June draft. The 6-foot-10 forward had left open the possibility of returning for his sophomore season. He had announced on April 5 he would not hire an agent, but on Tuesday said in a statement it's in his "best interest to remain in the draft.

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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.

Kentucky's Diallo, who sat out last season, to enter draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo, a January enrollee who did not play last season for the Wildcats, has submitted his name for the NBA draft, but will not an agent while deciding whether to remain in the process or return to school. The 6-foot-5 freshman said in a release Sunday that he wanted to "keep all doors open" and see where his game is.

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NC STATE-KEATTS CONTRACT NC State coach Keatts signs 6-year deal worth $2.2M annually RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts has signed his six-year contract with the school worth at least $2.2 million per year. N.C. State officials released a copy of the contract Friday. The deal will pay the men's basketball coach an annual salary of $1.1 million plus another $1.

Florida confirms transfer of Rice standout Egor Koulechov

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Rice standout Egor Koulechov is officially headed to Florida as a graduate transfer. The Gators confirmed Koulechov's upcoming enrollment Thursday, two days after the 6-foot-5 swingman announced he was headed to Gainesville. Koulechov, who will be eligible to play right away, averaged 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Owls last season.

Mississippi adds Memphis graduate transfer Markel Crawford

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi has added graduate transfer guard Markel Crawford, who should bolster the Rebels' backcourt next season. The 6-foot-5 Crawford comes to Ole Miss after three seasons at Memphis. He averaged 12.8 points per game last season and led the team with 42 3-pointers. He will be eligible to play immediately. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said in a statement that Crawford is "a versatile guard capable of playing either backcourt position.

Parents win battle over toddler's last name of 'Allah'

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name "Allah" after initially declining to do so because that doesn't match either of the parents' last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sued last month on behalf of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, who had chosen the name ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.

AP-SC--South Carolina News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, SC

Editors: Assignment Editors: Photo Editors: Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in South Carolina. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at [email protected] Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.

South Carolina encourages people to save oyster shells

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina wildlife officials have set up bins to collect oyster shells, which are used to rebuild reefs used by oysters. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported ( the Department of Natural Resources has set up 30 locations for the public to recycle oyster shells.

Georgia ends restrictions for producers because of bird flu

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say they have ended restrictions on poultry producers that were enacted after the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia. News outlets report state veterinarian Robert M. Cobb Jr. said in a news release that effective immediately, all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return back to normal operation. The restriction was imposed March 16.

Conservatives fault Arkansas court for halting executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' attempt to carry out its first execution in nearly 12 years wasn't thwarted by the type of liberal activist judge Republicans regularly bemoan here, but instead by a state Supreme Court that's been the focus of expensive campaigns by conservative groups to reshape the judiciary.

Why are executions stopped? Death penalty questions answered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Expect another long day of legal wrangling Thursday over Arkansas' plan to execute inmates in the coming week. Ledell Lee and Stacey Johnson were to be put to death Thursday night, but Johnson's execution was at least temporarily halted and Arkansas' ability to use one of its execution drugs was called into question.

Mom films arrest, handcuffing of autistic Florida boy

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) -- The arrest of a 10-year-old autistic Florida boy was filmed by his mother who complained that he was treated far too harshly by authorities. Luanne Haygood told multiple news outlets that her son was arrested April 12 at his school in Okeechobee, Florida, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of West Palm Beach.

Pest control firm founder Truly Nolen dies in Florida at 89

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Truly Nolen, founder of the international pest control company known for its fleet of yellow "mouse cars," has died at his home in Florida. He was 89. The company said in a news release that Nolen died Tuesday in Naples, Florida. A private service is scheduled for Friday. Nolen opened his first pest control business in 1955 in Tucson, Arizona.

The Latest: Arkansas governor disappointed by court ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute several inmates before the end of April (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he is "surprised and disappointed" that the state Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution to Stacey Johnson, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday. In a statement late Wednesday, Hutchinson did not say whether the state would appeal the 4-3 decision.

Kansas regulators reject $12.2B Westar sale to Great Plains

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas regulators on Wednesday rejected the proposed sale of the state's largest electric company to a Missouri firm in a $12.2 billion deal that critics argued would financially hobble the combined utility. The Kansas Corporation Commission issued its order against a proposal from Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy Inc. to buy Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. after consumer advocates and the commission's own staff criticized the acquisition.

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Lynn S. Whiting dies at 77

Lynn S. Whiting, who trained Lil E. Tee to an upset victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died Wednesday. He was 77. He died at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, after a struggle with cancer and a stroke he had during the winter in Arkansas, according to Oaklawn Park spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt. Churchill Downs said Whiting had visited the track on Monday for the first time since his stroke.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of federal rulings allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The fiery jurist lashed out at Wednesday's decision, saying he considers his lengthy suspension to be both illegal and a "clear disregard of the will of the people who elected me chief justice.