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AL­ABAMA An­nis­ton: The city ded­i­cated a me­mo­rial for fallen fire­fight­ers Tues­day at Cen­ten­nial Park as part of a Sept. 11 com­mem­o­ra­tion.

ALASKA Ko­diak: The city’s av­er­age rent dropped from $1,433 to $1,370 this year but re­mains state’s high­est.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Au­thor­i­ties say Jon Christo­pher Clark, 23, charged with mur­der in his ex-girl­friend’s death, used cell­phones to try to make it seem like she was still alive.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Karl Ben­son, com­mis­sioner of the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence, says an At­lanta search firm will look for his suc­ces­sor.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Aliso Viejo: Santa Ana High School’s prin­ci­pal says posters such as “Trump 2020” and “We love White” greeted his pre­dom­i­nantly Latino stu­dents at their foot­ball game last week against Aliso Niguel.

COLORADO Du­rango: A group of res­i­dents and busi­nesses have sued a train, ac­cus­ing it of start­ing a wild­fire that scorched about 85 square miles of mostly fed­eral land.

CON­NECTI­CUT New Haven: Home fur­nish­ings com­pany Ikea hopes to re­pur­pose a build­ing de­signed by Mar­cel Breuer into a 165-room ho­tel.

DELAWARE New Cas­tle: State of­fi­cials re­port a record 39 deaths from sus­pected drug over­doses in Au­gust.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA: Dogs and cats from Nor­folk, Vir­ginia, made it to the Hu­mane Res­cue Al­liance ahead of Hur­ri­cane Florence, WTOP re­ports.

FLORIDA Tal­la­has­see: Gov. Rick Scott moved ahead with plans to re­place three state Supreme Court jus­tices amid ques­tions about who should ap­point re­place­ments.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: John Selden, the deputy gen­eral man­ager of John F. Kennedy Air­port, is the new gen­eral man­ager of At­lanta’s air­port.

HAWAII Kailua-Kona: A re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing au­thor­i­ties to the per­son re­spon­si­ble for shoot­ing three cats with ar­rows on the Big Is­land has risen to $8,250.

IDAHO Boise: Illya Tsar, a trucker who au­thor­i­ties say caused a June 16 crash that killed him and three Idaho air­men, had more than 20 traf­fic vi­o­la­tions in sev­eral states.

ILLI­NOIS Oak­wood: Vis­tra En­ergy is look­ing to wall off the Ver­mil­ion River with rocks in­stead of re­mov­ing toxic waste in the wa­ter.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: Six In­di­ana com­mu­ni­ties will be se­lected to host a Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion ex­hibit “Cross­roads: Change Comes to Ru­ral Amer­ica” in 2019 and 2020.

IOWA Des Moines: GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds and Demo­crat Fred Hubbell will hold three de­bates on TV.

KANSAS Wi­chita: The city will spend up to $81 mil­lion to build a park for a Triple-A base­ball team.

KEN­TUCKY Winch­ester: The Red River Gorge will host Liv­ing Ar­chae­ol­ogy Week­end be­gin­ning Sept. 22.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: Six coastal parishes will share more than $41 mil­lion for projects aimed at for­ti­fy­ing com­mu­ni­ties against ris­ing seas.

MAINE Port­land: The Maine De­part­ment of Ma­rine Re­sources is re­ceiv­ing four awards from the Na­tional Ma­rine Fish­eries Ser­vice.

MARY­LAND An­napo­lis: Mary­land will drop its stan­dard­ized test.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bev­erly: Po­lice say a school bus driver who left a 5-year-old boy alone on a bus for sev­eral hours may face charges.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: The his­toric James Scott Me­mo­rial Foun­tain on Belle Isle will get $400,000 in up­grades.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: Univer­sity of St. Thomas ath­letic di­rec­tor Steve Fritz will re­tire in the spring af­ter 52 years with the school.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: A marker for late au­thor Eu­dora Welty was the first to be ded­i­cated in what is to be­come a statewide writ­ers trail. MIS­SOURI Jef­fer­son City: State flags will be flown at half-staff to honor Greene County Deputy Aaron Roberts, who drowned in a flood.

MON­TANA He­lena: State law­mak­ers will con­sider giv­ing them­selves a 69 per­cent pay raise in Jan­uary.

NEBRASKA Belle­vue: The owner of an apart­ment com­plex will pay more than $76,500 for il­le­gally charg­ing ser­vice mem­bers for bro­ken leases af­ter mil­i­tary trans­fers.

NE­VADA West Wen­dover: A Utah woman, 75, ap­par­ently drove the wrong way on In­ter­state 80 for nearly 20 miles be­fore hit­ting an on­com­ing car, killing both driv­ers.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Dover: A priest caught a man steal­ing money and gift cards from St. Joseph’s Church and Rec­tory.

NEW JER­SEY Mino­tola: Dr. J.P. Cleary and Collings Lakes ele­men­tary schools will be closed for a few weeks each be­cause of mold.

NEW MEX­ICO Portales: Fall en­roll­ment at Eastern New Mex­ico Univer­sity topped 6,015, the sec­ond­high­est in its 84-year his­tory.

NEW YORK New York: Four sci­en­tists won $250,000 awards from the Al­bert and Mary Lasker Foun­da­tion.

NORTH CAROLINA Char­lotte: A mo­tor­cy­clist is su­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, al­leg­ing neg­li­gence af­ter he hit a bump on the Blue Ridge Park­way and crashed.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: Bis­marck State Col­lege is us­ing a nearly $100,000 fed­eral grant to train nurses at ru­ral med­i­cal cen­ters.

OHIO Colum­bus: The city has is­sued an emer­gency or­der ban­ning elec­tric scoot­ers from side­walks.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: Col­lec­tions to the state’s main state op­er­at­ing fund ex­ceeded the es­ti­mate by nearly 7 per­cent in Au­gust.

ORE­GON Port­land: Au­thor­i­ties say a fe­male hiker whose body was re­cov­ered this week was likely killed by PENN­SYL­VA­NIA a cougar. Philadel­phia: A worker hot oil at was cus­tomers charged dur­ing af­ter she an threw ar­gu­ment at a Check­ers drive-thru.

is RHODE part­ner­ing IS­LAND with Prov­i­dence: non­profit groups The city to boost and restau­rant eco­nomic busi­nesses. growth in art, de­sign

SOUTH Two CAROLINA com­pa­nies North bid on Charleston: the for­mer Charleston Naval Hos­pi­tal, but of­fi­cials won’t re­lease the bid to­tals.

SOUTH DAKOTA Rose­bud: The Rose­bud Indian Health Ser­vice hos­pi­tal must im­prove in six ar­eas by Nov. 5.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: A power out­age didn’t stop co­me­dian Aziz An­sari from fin­ish­ing his stand-up set at Za­nies via can­dle­light and flash­light.

TEXAS Wi­chita Falls: Two Air Force pi­lots were hurt af­ter eject­ing when their train­ing air­craft veered off a run­way at Shep­pard Air Force Base.

UTAH Og­den: The city’s only li­censed cab com­pany has closed.

VER­MONT Ben­ning­ton: Ben­ning­ton Col­lege will auc­tion off five works of art to help fund its new Art for Ac­cess schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

VIR­GINIA Rich­mond: The 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals af­firmed the dis­missal of a law­suit against a judge who or­dered a deputy to shock a de­fen­dant, cit­ing “ju­di­cial im­mu­nity.”

WASH­ING­TON Tacoma: The state says a Tacoma tow­ing com­pany il­le­gally sold the im­pounded car be­long­ing to a ser­vice­man.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: The lo­cal health de­part­ment has no plans to restart a nee­dle ex­change pro­gram.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: Re­ced­ing flood­wa­ters and warm tem­per­a­tures has cre­ated a resur­gence of bac­te­rial al­gae blooms on the city’s lakes.

WY­OMING Cody: A Min­nesota man was se­verely in­jured by a bear while hik­ing in the Beartooth Moun­tains.

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