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ALABAMA Mo­bile: A new bike path is the lat­est step in mak­ing Mo­bile more bi­cy­cle-friendly, WALA-TV re­ports. The path next to Three Mile Creek near Tri­cen­ten­nial Park is part of a trial that will even­tu­ally loop the city.

ALASKA Juneau: An Alaska wildlife trooper in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a brown bear raid­ing a chicken coop shot and killed the an­i­mal as it charged. Troop­ers say the chicken coop wasn’t pro­tected by an elec­tri­fied fence, as rec­om­mended by game of­fi­cials.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Of­fi­cials say new ther­mal cam­eras to de­tect wrong-way driv­ers on Phoenixarea free­ways are be­ing tested. The de­vices al­ready have alerted au­thor­i­ties to two in­stances of peo­ple driv­ing the wrong way, nei­ther in­volv­ing crashes.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: The Arkansas State Fair will in­crease se­cu­rity this year amid a surge of crime in Lit­tle Rock, the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports. The fair pur­chased walk-through metal de­tec­tors for the first time in its 78-year his­tory.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Los An­ge­les: Brother and sis­ter snow leop­ard kit­tens romped Tues­day as they made their pub­lic de­but at the Los An­ge­les Zoo. The sib­lings were born in May.

COLORADO Boul­der: For the first time in nearly two years, Colorado wildlife of­fi­cers have killed a bear in Boul­der. The Daily Cam­era re­ports that the an­i­mal re­peat­edly tried to at­tack goats.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: The head of the Hart­ford City Coun­cil says most mem­bers don’t want the city to file for bank­ruptcy. But he ad­mits it may be nec­es­sary with­out state aid.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: Stock­piles of win­ter-blend gaso­line will con­tinue to be sold in Delaware be­cause of ris­ing gas prices caused by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, The News Jour­nal re­ports. Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors ex­tended a waiver al­low­ing win­ter blend, which is usu­ally barred be­tween May and Septem­ber.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more, Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in the District of Columbia and the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia in Char­lottesville re­main the top three uni­ver­si­ties in the wider Wash­ing­ton area, ac­cord­ing to new rank­ings from U.S. News & World Re­port.

FLOR­IDA Jack­sonville: State and fed­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors is­sued a blan­ket waiver al­low­ing Flor­ida elec­tric util­i­ties to vi­o­late clean air and wa­ter stan­dards through Sept. 26 to re­store elec­tric­ity.

GE­OR­GIA Lizella: Po­lice say a man who in­tended to lend money to a friend was robbed by the friend at gun­point when they ar­ranged a meet­ing, The Tele­graph of Ma­con re­ports.

HAWAII Kailua-Kona: The non-profit group op­er­at­ing Kona’s bike-share pro­gram ap­plied for grants to ex­pand, The Hawaii

Tri­bune-Her­ald re­ported. Peo­ple’s Ad­vo­cacy for Trails Hawaii re­cently re­ceived a 180-day ex­ten­sion of its $250,000 con­tract with Hawaii County.

IDAHO Ash­ton: Mayor Teddy Stronks was sen­tenced to six months of un­su­per­vised pro­ba­tion and fined about $300 for en­ter­ing an un­oc­cu­pied home to re­pos­sess a re­frig­er­a­tor, The Post

Reg­is­ter re­ports. Stronks owns a lo­cal ap­pli­ance store.

ILLI­NOIS Mo­line: An artist has been cho­sen to make a re­place­ment sculp­ture for an eroded statue on top of the Rock Is­land County Civil War Sol­diers’ Mon­u­ment, The Mo­line Dis­patch

re­ports. The old statue has been in stor­age since Oc­to­ber 2014.

IN­DI­ANA West Lafayette:

Pur­due Univer­sity’s plans for a new on­line school have drawn crit­i­cism from some fac­ulty mem­bers. The pro­posed school would arise from Pur­due’s pur­chase five months ago of for­profit Ka­plan Univer­sity, which faces in­ves­ti­ga­tions and law­suits about hir­ing and recruitment.

IOWA Cascade: The num­ber of or­ganic farms in Iowa is grow­ing rapidly, but they still con­sti­tute a small per­cent­age of state farms. Iowa had more than 670 or­ganic farms in 2015, but that was less than 1% of farms in the state, the

Tele­graph Her­ald re­ports.

KANSAS Lawrence: A wooden cross on the roof of a lo­cal United Methodist Church was found sawed off last week, The Lawrence Jour­nal-World re­ports. The cross and at­tached metal flame punc­tured the roof, caus­ing dam­age to a gut­ter. KENTUCKY Pre­stons­burg: Jenny Wi­ley State Re­sorts Park will open its elk-view­ing sea­son Satur­day with an Elk Night buf­fet. The menu in­cludes elk roast, elk chili, elk meat­loaf and other dishes.

LOUISIANA New Or­leans: At least a dozen chil­dren who had heart surgery at Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in New Or­leans this sum­mer have in­fected in­ci­sions, ap­par­ently from con­tam­i­nated equip­ment, The New Or­leans Ad­vo­cate re­ports.

MAINE Orono: Of­fi­cials are con­cerned that an an­nual day of cel­e­bra­tion for the Univer­sity of Maine has an im­age prob­lem. The lo­cal po­lice chief says Maine Day has be­come a time for stu­dents to party and be­come a nui­sance, WABI-TV re­ports.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: The City Coun­cil has added a $1,000 fine to the penalty for il­le­gally car­ry­ing guns, The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ports. But the mea­sure stops short of a manda­tory sen­tence of one year in jail.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Northamp­ton: A man who pleaded guilty to rob­bing a pizza de­liv­ery driver at gun­point was spared jail time af­ter his vic­tim asked the judge to show the de­fen­dant le­niency, The

Daily Hamp­shire Gazette re­ports.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: The Down­town Detroit Part­ner­ship is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on pro­posed de­sign con­cepts for Capi­tol Park. The park is be­ing re­designed to cre­ate a more en­gag­ing space for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

MIN­NESOTA Minneapolis: The com­poser of a mu­si­cal set to open Fri­day at the Chil­dren’s The­atre Com­pany in Minneapolis died last week­end. Michael Fried­man, an Obie-win­ning com­poser and lyri­cist, wrote the mu­sic and lyrics for “The Abom­inables,” a hockey-themed show com­mis­sioned in 2011.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: The Choctaw tribe will vote Nov. 17 on whether to build its fourth Mis­sis­sippi casino, The Clar­ion-Ledger re­ports. If the mea­sure is ap­proved, the casino would be built in the Red Wa­ter com­mu­nity in Leake County.

MISSOURI Kansas City: A for­mer Missouri am­bu­lance ser­vice em­ployee has ad­mit­ted to re­plac­ing mor­phine and fen­tanyl in am­bu­lances with ster­ile wa­ter. Au­thor­i­ties say Joseph Com­stock emp­tied vials of the pain-killing drugs for his per­sonal use.

MON­TANA He­lena: A state Child and Fam­ily Ser­vices of­fi­cial says eight chil­dren in­volved with the divi­sion have died this year, Lee News­pa­pers re­ports. None of the deaths in­volved chil­dren in out-of-home care.

NE­BRASKA Papil­lion: A pet pig that ran away from home for more than a week be­fore dart­ing out of a corn­field and be­ing hit by a car, re­quir­ing am­pu­ta­tion of its right rear leg, must now find a new home. The Ne­braska Hu­mane So­ci­ety told Tori’s owner that pet pigs aren’t al­lowed in Papil­lion.

NE­VADA Reno: The Univer­sity of Ne­vada Reno didn’t fin­ish fix­ing its sta­dium wheel­chair seat­ing prob­lems be­fore the first home foot­ball game, The Reno

Gazette-Jour­nal re­ports.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Durham: The town coun­cil has de­layed a res­o­lu­tion to cre­ate a hol­i­day hon­or­ing Euro­pean ex­plor­ers and Na­tive Amer­i­cans on Colum­bus Day. The is­sue will be taken up Sept. 18.

NEW JERSEY Ne­wark: The Watchung Hills Re­gional High School District agreed to set­tle claims of fail­ing to evac­u­ate a dis­abled stu­dent dur­ing a fire alarm. The agree­ment says the stu­dent in a wheel­chair was on the sec­ond floor with no way to get out.

NEW MEX­ICO Clo­vis: A com­plaint prompted New Mex­ico’s

Clo­vis High School Fresh­man Acad­emy to re­move a wall mu­ral con­tain­ing a dove, an an­chor and a Bible verse, The Eastern New Mex­ico News re­ports. The Free­dom From Re­li­gion Foun­da­tion says a par­ent ob­jected to the mu­ral.

NEW YORK Rochester: No-frills toys in­clud­ing a pa­per air­plane, sand and play food are among 12 fi­nal­ists for a place in the Na­tional Toy Hall of Fame. The con­tenders for the Class of 2017 also in­clude board games Risk and Clue, Match­box cars, My Lit­tle Pony and Wif­fle Ball, among oth­ers.


Three women pe­di­a­tri­cians have sued the Caroli­nas Health­Care Sys­tem, say­ing they were paid less than male coun­ter­parts, The

Char­lotte Ob­server re­ports. The suit says one plain­tiff is the su­per­vi­sor of a male doc­tor who was paid more. Caroli­nas Health­Care calls the claims in­valid.


The state-owned Bank of North Dakota may make low-in­ter­est dis­as­ter loans avail­able to ranch­ers deal­ing with drought. Au­thor­i­ties say state cat­tle ranch­ers have sold off about 100,000 an­i­mals in re­cent months due to drought.

OHIO Elyria: The lo­cal school district is get­ting re­lief from a rule gov­ern­ing sta­dium bath­room re­quire­ments. A 4,000-seat foot­ball sta­dium un­der con­struc­tion would need 91 toi­lets un­der Ohio’s build­ing code. But The Elyria Chron­i­cle-Tele­gram re­ports that the district won an ap­peal re­duc­ing that num­ber to 51.

OK­LA­HOMA Nor­man: An au­dit found fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment in the Cleve­land County sher­iff’s of­fice. Au­di­tors say Sher­iff Joe Lester re­quested more fund­ing in March, but failed to bill Ok­la­homa cor­rec­tions from Septem­ber 2016 to March 2017 for hous­ing state pris­on­ers.

ORE­GON Kla­math Falls: Pros­e­cu­tors have dropped charges against a fa­ther and son ac­cused of op­er­at­ing a cock­fight­ing ring,

The Her­ald and News re­ports. The two were ar­rested af­ter po­lice re­ceived a tip about on­line videos al­legedly show­ing roost­ers be­ing trained to fight. PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Pitts­burgh: A man pleaded guilty to killing three home­less cats by leav­ing poi­son moth­balls in his yard for them to eat. Au­thor­i­ties say Daniel Smith killed them be­cause they defe­cated on his side­walk.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence:

The fed­eral govern­ment will shut down the short­fin squid fish­ery Fri­day to avoid ex­ceed­ing quo­tas for the year. The clos­ing is in ef­fect un­til Dec. 31.


Beach: Po­lice in this ocean re­sort city are seek­ing a sus­pect in the armed rob­beries of two ho­tels, WMBF-TV re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say an armed woman took $406 from the Oceans Dunes Re­sort and about $230 from a Best Western early Sun­day.

SOUTH DAKOTA Brook­ings:

South Dakota State Univer­sity and the state Divi­sion of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion are re­view­ing an ex­ces­sive force claim against a cam­pus po­lice of­fi­cer. The Ar­gus

Leader re­ports that two sis­ters were ar­rested last week­end, one charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest and the other with ob­struc­tion.

TEN­NESSEE Nash­ville: An au­dit finds that the Ten­nessee Wildlife Re­sources Agency hasn’t up­dated the state’s en­dan­gered species list in 16 years. The list is sup­posed to be up­dated every two years.

TEXAS Hous­ton: A pe­tro­leum com­pany says flooding from Hur­ri­cane Har­vey trig­gered a spill of al­most a half-mil­lion gal­lons of gaso­line from two stor­age tanks along the Hous­ton Ship Chan­nel.

UTAH Salt Lake City: State ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials say stu­dent scores on pro­fi­ciency ex­ams dropped for the first time since the test was started four years ago. The data show that pro­fi­ciency rates in 2016-17 fell at every grade level in nearly every sub­ject. Sub­jects tested in­clude lan­guage arts, math and sci­ence.

VER­MONT Wil­lis­ton: Po­lice are seek­ing a man wear­ing a panda cos­tume who’s sus­pected of shoplift­ing a ri­fle at the Dick’s Sport­ing Goods store. Em­ploy­ees say the man had been in the store ear­lier look­ing at the same ri­fle, the Free Press re­ports.

VIR­GINIA Rich­mond: The Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch re­ports that Vir­ginia law­mak­ers are look­ing into prob­lems in the state’s sys­tem of 23 com­mu­nity col­leges. A re­port finds that more than 60% of stu­dents don’t fin­ish two-year de­grees or cer­tifi­cates, and some uni­ver­si­ties won’t take com­mu­nity col­lege trans­fers.

WASH­ING­TON Seat­tle: A memo sug­gests that the Seat­tle Po­lice De­part­ment has met its re­form goals on ex­ces­sive force and bi­ased polic­ing prob­lems un­der a 2012 con­sent de­cree with the Jus­tice De­part­ment, The Seat­tle

Times re­ports. But the mon­i­tor over­see­ing re­forms says some key re­quire­ments haven’t been met.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston:

Mar­shall Univer­sity and West Vir­ginia Univer­sity will get fed­eral grants for clin­i­cal in­tern­ships and field place­ments in men­tal health and drug ad­dic­tion work.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: Gov. Scott Walker is head­ing a 22mem­ber trade mis­sion this week to Ja­pan and South Korea. The group, which will re­turn this week­end, in­cludes 13 ex­ec­u­tives from eight Wis­con­sin com­pa­nies.

WY­OMING Casper: More than 30 protesters with teddy bears and a sign read­ing “Yogi Bear says no to guns” showed up at Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos’ visit,

The Casper Star-Tri­bune re­ports. DeVos has said that a school might need guns for de­fense if there are griz­zly bears nearby.

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