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ALABAMA Florence: The car­toon and sci­ence-fic­tion char­ac­ters were out in force last week­end for the fifth an­nual Geek Gath­er­ing at the FlorenceLaud­erdale Coli­seum. Will South, one of three Ghost­busters decked out in uni­forms that in­cluded pro­ton packs, says “it’s a good hobby to have.”

ALASKA An­chor­age: The pop­u­lar

Star, a pet rein­deer that of­ten walked the streets of down­town An­chor­age, has died at age 15, KTVA-TV re­ports. Owner Al­bert White­head says Star col­lapsed and died in his arms af­ter a short walk.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Apache County has con­verted a for­mer ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter in St. Johns into a com­mu­nity cen­ter that caters to young peo­ple, The Ari­zona Capi­tol Times re­ports. The cen­ter of­fers pool, free in­ter­net and a mu­sic room with gui­tars and a key­board.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: En­roll­ment at Arkansas’ col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties dropped 1.8% dur­ing the past year, The Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports. Pre­lim­i­nary fall en­roll­ment is 163,529 stu­dents, a drop of 2,958.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Sacra­mento: Cal­i­for­nia reg­u­la­tors have re­jected a pro­posed new method of car­ry­ing out ex­e­cu­tions by lethal in­jec­tion. The reg­u­la­tions would have al­lowed the use of one of two pow­er­ful bar­bi­tu­rates. In­mates could also choose the gas cham­ber.

COLORADO Colorado Springs: Two 13-year-old boys are un­der ar­rest for al­legedly plot­ting to kill peo­ple at Sabin Mid­dle School. Police say the stu­dents es­tab­lished a “kill list.”

CON­NECTI­CUT Mid­dle­town: It’s Na­tional Fire Pre­ven­tion Week, and Con­necti­cut pub­lic safety of­fi­cials are urg­ing res­i­dents to cre­ate and prac­tice a home es­cape plan in the event of a fire.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: Prison of­fi­cials say two in­mates were in­jured in a week­end es­cape at­tempt at the Howard Young Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Wilm­ing­ton. Author­i­ties say both men were able to gain ac­cess to the roof, but one turned back and the other was dis­cov­ered by an out­side pa­trol.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Metro police say two men died af­ter be­ing found shot in ve­hi­cles in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents about four miles apart, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports. Author­i­ties couldn’t say whether the cases are re­lated.

FLORIDA Or­lando: Of­fi­cials say a woman left her 3-year-old child alone in a ve­hi­cle while she vis­ited an in­mate at the Or­lando jail. Rachael Eti­enne, 21, was charged with child ne­glect.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: An on­line job site says work­ing peo­ple in At­lanta have been get­ting raises, but the wage growth has been slug­gish, The At­lanta Jour­nalCon­sti­tu­tion re­ports.

HAWAII Honolulu: Quick­sil­ver has an­nounced that it won’t spon­sor this year’s iconic big wave surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion known as “The Ed­die.” For more than 30 years, Quick­sil­ver and the Aikau fam­ily have part­nered to put on the con­test at Waimea Bay. It’s named for Ed­die Aikau, a cham­pion surfer and life­guard.

IDAHO Waha: State Police say a man and at least 20 cows died when a semi-truck haul­ing a live­stock trailer over­turned and slid down an Idaho em­bank­ment Sun­day.

ILLI­NOIS Oak Park: Or­ga­niz­ers of the Ernest Hem­ing­way Foun­da­tion of Oak Park say the non­profit his­tor­i­cal mu­seum in the Chicago sub­urb will close Sun­day, the Chicago Tribune re­ports. Some of the mu­seum’s ex­hibits will be at the Oak Park Pub­lic Li­brary.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: The In­di­ana State Mu­seum is host­ing a free Hal­loween-themed sci­ence gala on Fri­day. Cos­tumes are

en­cour­aged at the fam­ily-friendly “Spooky Sci­ence” event that will of­fer a “shock­ing dis­play” of static elec­tric­ity and make “magic” min­er­als.

IOWA Des Moines: City of­fi­cials likely will de­mol­ish three his­toric but de­te­ri­o­rat­ing build­ings at Fort Des Moines un­less pri­vate donors of­fer the es­ti­mated $6.2 mil­lion needed to save the gra­nary and two mess halls, The Des

Moines Reg­is­ter re­ports.

KANSAS Olathe: The grand­par­ents of a 2-year-old boy say Kansas is act­ing as “re­li­gious police” by re­quir­ing vac­ci­na­tions for chil­dren, The Kansas City Star re­ports. Li­nus and Terri Baker are su­ing the state De­part­ment for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies to block its in­ten­tion to vac­ci­nate the boy de­spite the fam­ily’s wishes.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: Of­fi­cials with Ken­tucky’s Tobacco Quit Line have launched a new ad cam­paign that en­cour­ages peo­ple to stop us­ing tobacco prod­ucts.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: A state au­dit is crit­i­cal of how Louisiana’s ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment mon­i­tors char­ter schools, say­ing the sever­ity of vi­o­la­tions should be weighed in mak­ing per­for­mance rat­ings, The Ad­vo­cate re­ports.

MAINE Au­gusta: Maine’s an­nual moose hunt ex­panded this week to 19 of the state’s 28 wildlife man­age­ment districts. Hunters are al­lowed to take one moose in the area through Saturday.

MARY­LAND Up­per Marl­boro:

School of­fi­cials say two peo­ple at Henry Wise High School have been di­ag­nosed with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, NBC4 re­ports. Of­fi­cials de­clined to say whether the two are stu­dents or staff.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Low­ell: Author­i­ties say a Low­ell man col­lected about $76,000 in do­na­tions for char­i­ties that don’t ex­ist. The Mid­dle­sex pros­e­cu­tor says Zachary Noo­nan, 25, kept most of the money for his own use.

MICHIGAN Lans­ing: The Michigan De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is look­ing for pri­vate com­pa­nies to op­er­ate con­ces­sion ar­eas at state parks and other lo­ca­tions. Pos­si­bil­i­ties range from

food ser­vice to rent­ing boats or bikes.

MIN­NESOTA Spring Val­ley:

Fire de­stroyed Johnny Ringo’s, a pop­u­lar bar and grill in this south­ern Min­nesota com­mu­nity, early Mon­day. Sher­iff’s deputies evac­u­ated apart­ments above busi­nesses that were ad­ja­cent to the fire.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Natchez: The pro­posed re­fi­nanc­ing of some bond debt would save Adams County about $25,000 a year, The Natchez Demo­crat re­ports. The county is con­sid­er­ing re­fi­nanc­ing a 2013 bond used to pur­chase the for­mer In­ter­na­tional Pa­per site.

MIS­SOURI Spring­field: Author­i­ties evac­u­ated a Spring­field apart­ment com­plex af­ter con­cerns were raised about pos­si­ble ex­plo­sives. Res­i­dents were al­lowed to re­turn late Sun­day.

MON­TANA He­lena: A $650,000 grant will help co­or­di­nate ef­forts to guide Mon­tana high school stu­dents to grad­u­ate while de­vel­op­ing ca­reer in­ter­ests and pre­par­ing for col­lege or an ap­pren­tice­ship.

NEBRASKA Lin­coln: The Univer­sity of Nebraska-Lin­coln has set Dec. 22 to raze a match­ing pair of high-rise dorms. All 13 sto­ries of Cather Hall and Pound Hall, which opened in 1963, will be knocked down.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: Anti-drone ac­tivists protested at Creech Air Force Base in In­dian Springs. The pro­test­ers op­pose the use of un­manned mil­i­tary air­craft in mil­i­tary ac­tions.


Police are seek­ing court per­mis­sion to de­stroy about two dozen guns, The La­co­nia Daily Sun re­ports. Police Chief Matt Can­field says some of the guns could be sold but police are con­cerned they could be used in a fu­ture crime.

NEW JERSEY Swedes­boro: The quadru­plet Mur­phy sis­ters in New Jersey are do­ing their best to honor the legacy of their late mother, who worked as a nurse, re­ports. Casey, Kelly, Rachel and Erin, now 18, are work­ing to­ward ca­reers in medicine.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque:

New Mex­ico’s pen­sion funds aren’t on the solid fi­nan­cial ground sought when law­mak­ers ap­proved fixes in­tended to shore up the re­tire­ment sys­tems, The

Al­bu­querque Journal re­ports. Ac­counts for pub­lic em­ploy­ees and ed­u­ca­tors won’t be 100% funded by 2043 as hoped.

NEW YORK New York: A fish­er­man was res­cued af­ter spend­ing 17 hours adrift on Long Is­land

Sound af­ter his kayak cap­sized. WABC-TV re­ports that Michael Diaz was spot­ted Sun­day by a pass­ing boater cling­ing to rocks out­side a light­house. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Demo­cratic Gov. Roy Cooper has ve­toed leg­is­la­tion that would elim­i­nate ju­di­cial pri­maries next year. The leg­is­la­tion did not af­fect Novem­ber elec­tions for judges. Repub­li­can law­mak­ers say elim­i­nat­ing pri­maries would give more time to study pos­si­ble changes to ju­di­cial districts.

NORTH DAKOTA Minot: A man was sen­tenced to time al­ready served and pro­ba­tion for leav­ing his daugh­ter alone in a car be­hind his apart­ment build­ing in April while he was in­tox­i­cated. Of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fight be­tween Craig Cadotte and two other men found the girl alone and cry­ing in the back seat of the ve­hi­cle.

OHIO Chardon: A newly ded­i­cated me­mo­rial park hon­ors three teenagers killed by a fel­low stu­dent in Fe­bru­ary 2012 at Chardon High School, The NewsHer­ald re­ports. Or­ga­niz­ers raised over $400,000 for the project in mem­ory of Demetrius Hewlin, Rus­sell King Jr. and Danny Parmer­tor.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City:

The small Ok­la­homa town of Mar­ble City is irate that the state will re­store its Capi­tol with mar­ble from a Chinese ven­dor over what the town’s quarry of­fers. Some 25,000 square feet of mar­ble will go in the Capi­tol.

ORE­GON Bend: A law­suit that ac­cused two physi­cians of fail­ing to de­tect warn­ing signs be­fore a woman went into car­diac ar­rest was dis­missed, The Bend Bul­letin re­ports. Shel­ley and Brent Hard­ing sought $8.75 mil­lion, claim­ing the doc­tors should have re­ferred Shel­ley Hard­ing to a hospi­tal for an eval­u­a­tion.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg:

Gov. Tom Wolf plans to bor­row against the Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show Com­plex and Expo Cen­ter to help plug a pro­jected $2.2 bil­lion deficit and make school and hu­man ser­vices pay­ments. Wolf says the “lease-lease­back” is ex­pected to yield $200 mil­lion up front.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: A statue of Christo­pher Colum­bus was found van­dal­ized on the day mark­ing his ar­rival in the Amer­i­cas. The statue in Colum­bus Square in Prov­i­dence was found doused in red and black paint on Mon­day.


The Col­lege of Charleston is get­ting nearly $2 mil­lion for a new pro­fes­sor­ship, a gift from the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of cy­ber­se­cu­rity con­trac­tor ISHPI. It will pay for a pro­fes­sor study­ing in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and in­no­va­tion in the School of Busi­ness.

SOUTH DAKOTA Cor­sica: Thirty-eight South Dakota school districts face penal­ties for not fol­low­ing state re­quire­ments to use a por­tion of sales tax rev­enue to boost teacher pay. South Dakota ranks low­est in the na­tion in av­er­age teacher salary.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: The city has launched a one-stop web­site and hot­line for cit­i­zens to sub­mit con­cerns, from pot­holes to code vi­o­la­tions. Mayor Me­gan Barry’s of­fice says hubNashville is avail­able in English or Span­ish. Trained rep­re­sen­ta­tives help peo­ple re­quest ser­vices from the right agency.

TEXAS Craw­ford: Mil­i­tary veter­ans in­jured dur­ing their ser­vice took part in for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s an­nual War­rior 100K bike ride last week­end at his Texas ranch. Three buses brought 52 sol­diers to Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Craw­ford for the sev­enth an­nual event.

UTAH Brian Head: Author­i­ties say a man died when he was hit by mulch dropped from a he­li­copter dur­ing re­hab work on land that burned in a wild­fire. Iron County of­fi­cials say Bryan Burr, 58, was struck on the head.

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: The Univer­sity of Ver­mont Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Burling­ton is work­ing with the Dart­mouth-Hitch­cock Med­i­cal Cen­ter to ex­pand he­li­copter am­bu­lance ser­vice by bas­ing one he­li­copter at the Ver­mont fa­cil­ity.

VIRGINIA Nor­folk: Virginia’s largest health in­surer will re­strict where cus­tomers can get CT scans and MRIs in non-emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, The Vir­ginian-Pilot re­ports. The change will oc­cur in March for peo­ple in­sured by An­them. It does not in­clude X-rays or mam­mo­grams.

WASH­ING­TON Spokane: A fed­eral judge says the Spokane Tran­sit Au­thor­ity vi­o­lated the First Amend­ment when it re­fused to al­low the union that rep­re­sents bus driv­ers to buy ads on buses, The Spokesman-Re­view re­ports. The ads said: “Do you drive: Uber? Lyft? Char­ter Bus? School Bus? You have the Right to Or­ga­nize!”


The Rich­wood City Coun­cil and the city’s mayor dis­agree over who is car­ry­ing out the mayor’s du­ties amid a state au­di­tor in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mis­use of tax­payer money, The Charleston Gazette-Mail re­ports. Mayor Bob Henry Baber is chal­leng­ing be­ing put on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

WIS­CON­SIN Madison: State wildlife of­fi­cials are look­ing to re­lax min­i­mum elk pop­u­la­tion re­quire­ments in hopes of start­ing a hunt sooner. Rules call for the Clam Lake herd to have at least 200 elk, but as of July it had about 165. The Jack­son County herd min­i­mum is 150; it had about 60.

WY­OMING Cheyenne: Re­vised K-12 ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards with a new Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory com­po­nent could be ready for state re­view early next year, the

Wy­oming Tribune Ea­gle re­ports. Pub­lic com­ment was taken dur­ing the sum­mer, and teach­ers are be­ing sur­veyed about what they think should be up­dated.

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