ALABAMA Dothan: The 75th National Peanut Festival is underway. Dothan calls itself the “Peanut Capital of the World.”
ALASKA Juneau: The U.S. Forest Service has proposed cutting down a huge swath of old growth timber in Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island.
ARIZONA Phoenix: Uber drivers will be able to pursue higher education through a new partnership between the ride-hailing app and Arizona State University.
ARKANSAS Fort Smith: Acclaimed muralists from all over the world traveled to Fort Smith during The Unexpected to beautify the outsides of buildings in the downtown area.
CALIFORNIA Hawthorne: Elon Musk has tweeted a new video of a tunnel constructed under a Los Angeles suburb to test a new type of transportation system. Musk says he walked the length of the tunnel, and it is “disturbingly long.”
COLORADO Durango: About 500 residents in eastern La Plata County have made a commitment to ensure 10 percent of their food comes from local sources.
CONNECTICUT Hartford: Fifth-graders across Connecticut have an election of their own this week. Candidates in this year’s Kid Governor civics program have chosen platform topics including child poverty, limiting electronic use, recycling and children’s literacy.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: A man who fell onto Metro train tracks is suing the restaurant he says served him too much alcohol.
FLORIDA Key West: Ultramarathon runner Pete Kostelnick has finished a nearly 5,400-mile diagonal, crosscontinental run that began in Alaska and ended in Florida.
GEORGIA Valdosta: Essie Norman, who played in bridge tournaments across the globe, has celebrated her 100th birthday.
HAWAII Honolulu: Scientists are testing whether they can train dogs to sniff out a deadly fungus that’s killing Hawaii’s native ohia trees.
IDAHO Rupert: A southern Idaho school district has given all teachers and building administrators two-way radios and emergency response backpacks to use in a crisis.
ILLINOIS Chicago: Police say a baggage handler told them that he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.
INDIANA Indianapolis: Seventeen Indiana state parks will temporarily close their gates to visitors this month for hunts targeting deer that threaten native plants.
IOWA Iowa City: Officials in Iowa City are reminding residents to compost their fall pumpkins and leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns instead of trashing them.
KANSAS Dodge City: The Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City has unearthed some of its past. A time capsule buried in 1972 was unearthed as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion project.
KENTUCKY Lexington: Johnny Depp has relisted his Kentucky horse farm with a lower asking price, $1.6 million, well below the $2.9 million he wanted when it was up for auction in August 2017.
LOUISIANA Houma: One of the last commercial citrus growers in south Louisiana says he lost hundreds of trees to last winter’s cold but hopes a good crop in his remaining trees will let him fill his orchard back up again. Terrebonne Parish’s Terry Breaux tells the LSU AgCenter that his crop is sweetening earlier than usual.
MAINE Augusta: Maine’s wild turkeys have nearly survived until Thanksgiving. The state’s fall turkey hunt ends Wednesday.
MARYLAND Pasadena: A noose made of toilet paper was found in a bathroom stall at a middle school in a Maryland district where several racist incidents have been reported this calendar year. MASSACHUSETTS Provincetown: Researchers studying the growing population of great white sharks off Cape Cod have completed a fiveyear effort to tag and track the powerful predators.
MICHIGAN Dearborn: The Arab American National Museum is launching an exhibition on themes of displacement and survival as it honors its annual book award winners. The museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn holds the event Friday evening.
MINNESOTA Houston: After 20 years of making an impact, a famous bird of prey is retiring in Minnesota. Alice, a great horned owl, will be retiring in Houston. Caretaker Karla Bloem created the International Festival of Owls to celebrate Alice’s “hatch day.”
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Three new historical markers have been approved in Mississippi. Trustees for the state Department of Archives and History say the markers are for Raymond Presbyterian Church in Hinds County, Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson County and the city of Verona in Lee County.
MISSOURI St. Louis: The Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis is open again after a $30 million renovation project.
MONTANA Missoula: A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must do more to protect Canada lynx from bobcat traps.
NEBRASKA Omaha: The Salvation Army’s annual Tree of Lights campaign has already gotten underway with assembly of the 75-foot tall, 2-ton metal Christmas tree in front of American National Bank at 90th and Dodge streets.
NEVADA Las Vegas: A blood bank that primarily serves pets says it’s facing a supply shortage. To give blood to the Las Vegas Animal Blood Bank, a dog must be between 1 and 6 years old, weigh more than 55 pounds and not be on medication.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Hanover: A rare “corpse flower,” nicknamed from its putrid smell, has bloomed at the greenhouse at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College.
NEW JERSEY Cape May: Officials say they counted fewer monarch butterflies during their annual migration through Cape May this year.
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: Organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta say an estimated 886,000 visits were logged this year, and the event attracted more than 660 registered balloons from more than a dozen countries.
NEW YORK New York: Marijuana prosecutions have plunged in two of New York City’s five boroughs as their district attorneys stopped pursuing most pot cases and police changed their approach to marijuana enforcement.
NORTH CAROLINA Corolla: A family of wild horses on the coast grew tired of the Tar Heel state and set out for Virginia, again and again. The “Renegade 6” were repeatedly returned to their refuge in North Carolina – even to its southernmost tip – but kept making their way back north. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund moved them to a rescue farm.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant environmental threats to American Indian tribes in the Dakotas.
OHIO Cadiz: A nearly 5-foot-long rattlesnake has been found in eastern Ohio well north of its normal habitat.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The Arrows to Atoms Space Tower – the last reminder of an era when the State Fair Park was home to futuristic attractions and tributes to Oklahoma City’s past – is set to come down this winter, ending 50 years as an iconic part of the city’s skyline.
OREGON Portland: The Oregon Humane Society rounded up dozens of chickens that were abandoned in Portland’s Pearl District over the weekend.
PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia: Items owned by Tupac Shakur have been donated to Temple University, including a bullet-dented golden medallion the rapper was wearing in 1994 when he was shot five times.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: Providence officials are considering repealing an ordinance that bans smoking in parts of the city’s downtown area.
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: The former owner of the Carolina Panthers is giving the International African American Museum in South Carolina $5 million.
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls is launching a new snow alert text messaging system designed to notify residents about when their streets will be plowed after significant snowfalls.
TENNESSEE Nashville: Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority have announced an agreement with two developers to build the largest solar installations in Tennessee – in Lincoln County – and Alabama, to supply Facebook’s data center in Huntsville, Alabama, with 100 percent renewable energy.
TEXAS San Antonio: Mitchell Lake served for decades as a big, stinky holding pond for San Antonio’s sewage, but now it is considered a hidden gem as a refuge for hundreds of bird species.
UTAH Ogden: An iconic statue of a “doughboy” in the Ogden Cemetery has been restored in time for the centennial of the end of World War I.
VERMONT East Burke: The Kingdom Trails Association in Vermont is expanding its multi-use trail network to improve rider experiences and reduce congestion.
VIRGINIA Stanardsville: A fundraiser is trying to equip deputies in rural Greene County with something new to use in traumatic situations: a stuffed animal that they can give away to comfort children in stressful situations.
WASHINGTON Granite Falls: Charging documents say timber poachers were caught cutting 18 trees on Washington forest land off the Mountain Loop Highway.
WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: West Virginia officials say updates at Cacapon Resort State Park will provide additional attractions for visitors to the Eastern Panhandle.
WISCONSIN Madison: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association is sponsoring a new civics contests for high schools across the state to encourage students to participate in local and state politics.
WYOMING Jackson: Wildlife officials say a small mollusk has invaded some Wyoming rivers and is spreading. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the rapidly reproducing New Zealand mudsnails have been detected this year in the Salt River in western Wyoming.