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ALABAMA Gulf Shores: An­other Alabama city is form­ing its own school sys­tem. The Gulf Shores City Coun­cil voted Mon­day to break away from Bald­win County’s sys­tem, one of the state’s largest with more than 31,000 stu­dents.

ALASKA Juneau: The city is con­sid­er­ing giv­ing a former Tlin­git vil­lage site on Auke Bay to a non­profit ded­i­cated to Aak’w Kwáan her­itage, KTOO-FM re­ports. The land is com­monly known as In­dian Point.

ARI­ZONA Prescott: A con­trac­tor de­mol­ish­ing a garage dis­cov­ered that the walls were built out of dis­carded am­mu­ni­tion boxes from World War II, The Daily Courier re­ports. The house was built in 1926, and the garage was a later ad­di­tion.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: The Lit­tle Rock Po­lice De­part­ment is re­vamp­ing its re­cruit­ment and hir­ing efforts amid dozen of of­fi­cer va­can­cies, The Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports. The de­part­ment had 77 va­can­cies as of mid-Septem­ber.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Sacra­mento: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills aimed at putting more ze­roe­mis­sion ve­hi­cles on state roads. The bills re­quire the state to buy more zero- and low-emis­sion ve­hi­cles and cre­ate a pilot pro­gram for EV charg­ing sta­tions at state parks and beaches.

COLORADO Tel­luride: San Miguel County and three en­vi­ron­men­tal groups have sued the fed­eral govern­ment to in­val­i­date nine oil and gas leases on public land. The suit says the drilling could harm the threat­ened Gun­ni­son sage grouse.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: Former Gov. John Row­land is set to be re­leased early from fed­eral prison. Of­fi­cials say Row­land will be re­leased next May, 19 months into a 30-month sen­tence in cases of cor­rup­tion and cam­paign fraud.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: A gun of­fender registry that was put on hold is now mov­ing for­ward. It would re­quire all Wilm­ing­ton res­i­dents con­victed of gun crimes in Delaware to reg­is­ter with the city po­lice de­part­ment within 10 days of their re­lease.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The city has sent $2.6 mil­lion to its 115 public schools in a cam­paign to help strug­gling stu­dents and bridge achieve­ment gaps, The

Washington Post re­ports.

FLORIDA St. Johns: A third­grader at a school near Jack­sonville was sent home on pic­ture day be­cause he broke the dress code by sport­ing blue hair, News4-TV re­ports. The prin­ci­pal pointed to a hand­book that bans “ex­treme hair­styles.”

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: A con­trac­tor was sen­tenced to five years in prison in an on­go­ing fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bribes paid for city con­tracts. Elvin Mitchell Jr. also was or­dered to pay more than $1.12 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion.

HAWAII Hon­olulu: A govern­ment re­port says Pearl Har­bor is the Navy’s most back­logged ship­yard, The Hon­olulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ports. The GAO find­ing says the poor con­di­tions have robbed the Navy of ship and sub­ma­rine time at sea.

IDAHO Black­foot: Po­lice say a man whose dogs mauled a woman and killed her pet is charged with har­bor­ing vi­cious an­i­mals and other dog-re­lated mis­de­meanors. The woman suf­fered mul­ti­ple bite wounds.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: Po­lice filed at­tempted mur­der charges against a man ac­cused of push­ing an­other man off a sub­way plat­form and onto the train tracks. Au­thor­i­ties say there’s no in­di­ca­tion that the sus­pect, Chad Es­tep, knew the man who was pushed.

IN­DI­ANA Kokomo: Of­fi­cials say a sewage over­flow killed fish in Wildcat Creek over the week­end, the Kokomo Tribune re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say heavy rain over­whelmed Kokomo’s wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant.

IOWA Des Moines: An­i­mal rights and free speech groups are chal­leng­ing a 2012 Iowa law that made it il­le­gal to get a job at a live­stock farm through mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion to con­duct an­i­mal cru­elty un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Fed­eral courts have struck down sim­i­lar laws in Idaho, Utah and Wy­oming.

KANSAS Man­hat­tan: Kansas State Uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials say an anti-gay slur was found out­side the stu­dent union, The Wi­chita

Ea­gle re­ports. The van­dal­ism oc­curred the same week that some­one van­dal­ized a tem­po­rary dwelling erected out­side a res­i­den­tial com­plex for the Jewish har­vest fes­ti­val, Sukkot.

KEN­TUCKY Louisville: The Uni­ver­sity of Louisville will hold an eco­nomic devel­op­ment fo­rum Nov. 2 that fo­cuses on strate­gies and avail­able re­sources to help re­build and sus­tain com­mu­ni­ties.

LOUISIANA Clin­ton: A Boy Scout camp em­ployee was shot and killed Mon­day at his home out­side the camp where he worked. The Avon­dale Scout Reser­va­tion web­site lists Brad DeFranceschi as a ranger.

MAINE Au­gusta: Game war­dens are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a par­tridge hunt­ing ac­ci­dent in which a hunter was hit by 20 or more pel­lets while pur­su­ing the same bird as an­other hunter. War­dens say Robert Cyr of Penob­scot was treated and re­leased.

MARY­LAND Brook­lyn: Of­fi­cials say more than 200 peo­ple have shown up at Anne Arun­del County fire and po­lice sta­tions seek­ing treat­ment for drug ad­dic­tion since the county’s “Safe Sta­tions” pro­gram started six months ago,

The Baltimore Sun re­ports.


man charged with steal­ing 16 guns from the lo­cal Army Re­serve cen­ter and other crimes has reached a plea deal that could put him be­hind bars for 15 years, The

Tele­gram & Gazette re­ports. James Mo­rales is sched­uled for a change-of-plea hear­ing on Nov. 13.

MICHI­GAN Pon­tiac: A judge re­duced the cus­tody rights of a woman who was jailed for five days for not fol­low­ing through on an agree­ment to vac­ci­nate her 9-year-old son. Re­becca Bre­dow will no longer have pri­mary cus­tody but will have joint cus­tody with her ex-hus­band, who wanted the boy vac­ci­nated.

MIN­NESOTA Du­luth: Clear lakes can be among the most pol­luted. A Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Du­luth and Min­nesota Sea Grant study finds that when lakes have ex­tremely high nu­tri­ent con­cen­tra­tions, the wa­ter can be­come clear be­cause the nu­tri­ents kill al­gae that cloud it, Min­nesota Public Ra­dio re­ports.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Madi­son: Neigh­bors in this Mis­sis­sippi sub­urb want to shut down a fam­ily’s elab­o­rate Christmas lights dis­play, The Madi­son County Jour­nal re­ports. The Board of Al­der­men is con­sid­er­ing the re­quest to de­clare Carol and Mike Richard­son’s dis­play a public nui­sance.

MIS­SOURI Clay­ton: St. Louis County is get­ting a $1 mil­lion fed­eral grant to help fund com­mu­nity polic­ing efforts in the Castle Point neigh­bor­hood. In ad­di­tion to com­mu­nity polic­ing, the money will fund new street­lights and side­walks.

MON­TANA He­lena: A fund­ing change for the state wildlife agency means game war­dens must do more man­age­ment work and less con­ser­va­tion law en­force­ment. The change re­sults from a de­ci­sion by state law­mak­ers to ap­ply for more fed­eral fund­ing rather than in­crease hunt­ing li­cense fees.

NE­BRASKA Belle­vue: The City Coun­cil has taken pos­ses­sion of World Base­ball Vil­lage, The Omaha World-Her­ald re­ports. The $6.5 mil­lion Cham­pi­ons Vil­lage base­ball com­plex that opened in 2010 was built with public funds.

NE­VADA Reno: Union work­ers for the De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs in Ne­vada are protest­ing staff short­ages that they say hurts care for vet­er­ans. Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Govern­ment Em­ploy­ees mem­bers demon­strated Tues­day on the edge of Reno’s down­town casino district.


The New Hamp­shire Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion has re­ceived a $3 mil­lion gift from an anony­mous donor to im­prove out­comes for women and their ba­bies af­fected by sub­stance use dis­or­ders.

NEW JER­SEY Has­brouck

Heights: One of New Jer­sey’s high­est paid school su­per­in­ten­dents is re­sign­ing after the state

found that she trans­ferred her daugh­ter to an­other of­fice with­out ap­proval and cov­ered se­cu­rity cam­eras to con­ceal her daugh­ter’s where­abouts.

NEW MEX­ICO Santa Fe: Dozens of sci­en­tists and engi­neers at New Mex­ico’s na­tional nu­clear weapons lab­o­ra­tory say pro­posed public school sci­ence stan­dards would un­der­mine the study of cli­mate change, evo­lu­tion and earth sciences.

NEW YORK Saratoga Springs:

The Adiron­dack Cream­ery is ded­i­cat­ing a new ice cream fla­vor to Syr­ian refugees and do­nat­ing part of the prof­its to help them. Of­fi­cials say the fla­vor is in­spired by a Syr­ian pas­try called ma’amoul that com­bines dates and wal­nuts, The New York Times re­ports.

NORTH CAROLINA Le­land: This Brunswick County town is deal­ing with re­peated sewage spills,

The StarNews re­ports. The lat­est came last month when more than 33,000 gal­lons of un­treated wastew­a­ter bub­bled up through a man­hole.


Fired Fargo po­lice of­fi­cer Dave Boelke is ap­peal­ing his ter­mi­na­tion, KFGO re­ports. Chief Dave Todd fired the 15-year vet­eran in Au­gust, say­ing he made “in­ten­tional and will­ful de­ci­sions” not to re­spond to calls and lacked pa­tience with the public. Boelke de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

OHIO Cleve­land: A woman ac­cused of pulling a gun on a bar­ber be­cause he was tak­ing too long to cut her 7-year-old son’s hair was sen­tenced to six months be­hind bars. An­drea Smith apol­o­gized in court Tues­day.

OK­LA­HOMA McAlester: Pitts­burg County of­fi­cials have re­jected a man’s re­quest to build a Ten Com­mand­ments statue out­side the county court­house, The McAlester News-Cap­i­tal re­ports. Con­trac­tor Tim Mitchell says he “was told by God” to cre­ate the statue.

ORE­GON Sumpter: A woman who for­got to latch her front door woke up to find a 160-pound bear in her liv­ing room, The Baker City

Her­ald re­ports. The bear knocked over a book­shelf but didn’t hurt the woman.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Al­len­town:

State reg­u­la­tors yanked the li­cense of the Wood­land Ter­race at the Oaks nurs­ing home fol­low­ing the death of a 77-year-old Alzheimer’s pa­tient who wan­dered off. Audrey Penn’s body was found in a road­side ditch nearly a month after be­ing re­ported miss­ing, Le­high­Val­ re­ports.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence:

The city coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing chang­ing the name of Magee Street to Ban­nis­ter Street. The cur­rent name that dates to 1805 is for a slave trader. The change would honor a prom­i­nent abo­li­tion­ist black cou­ple.


Cus­toms of­fi­cers at the Port of Charleston seized nearly 346,000 coun­ter­feit stain­less steel wa­ter bot­tles shipped from China. Of­fi­cials say the bot­tles mim­icked a pop­u­lar de­sign trade­marked by S’Well Bot­tle Co. and were headed for Cal­i­for­nia.


Former Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron drew a crowd in a visit to the Black Hills this week. Cameron in­dulged a 51st birth­day wish by horse­back rid­ing and later spoke to about 1,800 peo­ple at the Rush­more Plaza Civic Cen­ter, The Rapid City Jour­nal re­ports.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: The new Ten­nessee State Mu­seum pro­ject has yielded more than $25 mil­lion in do­na­tions. The mu­seum is set to open in late 2018.

TEXAS Dallas: The city’s po­lice chief plans to de­mote a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of as­sis­tant and deputy chiefs and de­tec­tives to ex­pand the ranks of of­fi­cers work­ing the streets. The de­part­ment has lost nearly 500 of­fi­cers in the past 12 months, many over pen­sion con­cerns.

UTAH West Jor­dan: Po­lice say a 3-year-old boy spent the night in child wel­fare cus­tody after get­ting lost at the Crazy Corn Maze. Au­thor­i­ties couldn’t lo­cate any mem­bers of his fam­ily un­til the next morn­ing when his mother called po­lice.

VER­MONT Derby Line: Bor­der Pa­trol agents ap­pre­hended 16 peo­ple from Mex­ico and two Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries after some of them il­le­gally en­tered the United States from Canada.

VIR­GINIA Glouces­ter Point:

Re­searchers say the amount of oxy­gen-de­prived dead zones in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay this sum­mer was the worst since 2014.

WASHINGTON Mount Ver­non:

A rule that would make it il­le­gal for boats to dump sewage into Puget Sound is open for public com­ment un­til Nov. 30, The Sk­agit-Val­ley Her­ald re­ports.

WEST VIR­GINIA Mor­gan­town:

The West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity Foun­da­tion plans a 24-hour fundrais­ing ef­fort on Nov. 8. In­au­gu­ral “Day of Giv­ing” do­na­tions will go to­ward the “State of Minds” cam­paign that ends this year.

WIS­CON­SIN De­lafield: When St. John’s North­west­ern Mil­i­tary Academy opens its next sum­mer ses­sion, it will have fe­male cadets for the first time in nearly 130 years. Cur­rently, 218 boys are en­rolled, The Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­ports.

WY­OMING Cheyenne: Two horses at Laramie County Com­mu­nity Col­lege were eu­th­a­nized be­cause of an uniden­ti­fied ill­ness. Of­fi­cials say the horses were pri­vately owned, the Wy­oming

Tribune Ea­gle re­ports.

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