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COLUMBIA — South Carolina high school students who don't plan to go to college should be able to choose courses that are more practical than algebra II or English literature, the state's superintendent of schools says. Superintendent Mick Zais says priorities for his remaining year in office include advocating for greater flexibility in the high school curriculum, with a focus on critical writing, statistics and personal finance, he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. By Seanna Adcox. SENT: 730 words, photos.


COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley will not support an earlier proposal to keep food stamp recipients from buying junk food, instead backing an idea requiring people in three counties to show they are working or looking for a job to get the benefits. Haley's proposal will have to be approved by the federal government. It would be limited to food stamp recipients in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties for now. SENT: 340 words.


BALTIMORE — A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search, authorities say. The girl, 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts, was located along with her father, Timothy Virts, in a motel in Florence, South Carolina, police said late Friday. SENT: 300 words.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four finalists have been named in the University of Memphis' search for a new president. The Commercial Appeal reported (http:// that the Tennessee Board of Regents selected M. David Rudd, provost at the University of Memphis; George Hynd, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston; Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas; and Guy Bailey, former president and a current professor at the University of Alabama. SENT: 320 words.


CHARLESTON — Jon Lewis has picked up the phone hundreds of times at Charleston County's Consolidated 911 Center, only to hear background noise and find nobody on the line. In such cases, he asks the caller to tap the phone if he or she needs help, just in case the caller is unable to speak. If Lewis doesn't hear a tap, he makes a follow-up call to the number to make sure it was a mistake, not an emergency call. By Diane Knich, The Post and Courier of Charleston. SENT: 580 words as an AP Member Exchange.


— BARBELL DEATH, from BEAUFORT — Authorities say a St. Helena Island woman killed a 2-year-old girl she was watching by hitting the child in the head with a dumbbell while she was working out. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE CHIEF FIRED, from SIMPSONVILLE — The police chief reinstated to his job by the Simpsonville City Council wants more than $100,000 in back pay and a seven-year contract. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING WOMAN, from CONWAY — Arrest warrants say a man beat and killed a 32-year-old Aynor woman before dismembering her and dumping her in a Darlington County river or lake. SENT: 130 words.

— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING, from COLUMBIA — Richland County deputies have charged a man with murder in a shooting outside a Columbia nightclub. SENT: 130 words.

— ARM WRESTLING FUNDRAISER, from CHARLESTON — An arm wrestling competition scheduled for the weekend is designed to support transgender youth in South Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— CANADIAN-AMERICAN DAYS, from MYRTLE BEACH — The Myrtle Beach area is welcoming the country's Canadian neighbors for an annual celebration. SENT: 130 words.

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