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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 finished 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 flew 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: Officials 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 fill 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 fiveyear effort 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 flower,” nick­named from its pu­trid smell, has bloomed at the green­house at New Hamp­shire’s Dart­mouth Col­lege.

NEW JERSEY Cape May: Officials say they counted fewer monarch but­terflies 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 five 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 sig­nificant 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 five times.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: Prov­i­dence officials 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 sig­nificant snow­falls.

TEN­NESSEE Nash­ville: Officials 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 stuffed 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 officials 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 officials 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.

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