HIGH­LIGHT: UTAH

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ALABAMA Huntsville: Aerospace in­vest­ment ap­pears poised to blast off in the state, as com­pa­nies such as Blue Ori­gin and Aero­ject Rock­et­dyne plan new jobs and new fa­cil­i­ties.

ALASKA Ko­diak: Wildlife bi­ol­o­gists say there have been in­creased sight­ings around the city of mink, a species not na­tive to the area.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: When Ari­zo­nans buy a li­cense plate dis­play­ing the words “In God We Trust,” the money sup­ports Al­liance De­fend­ing Free­dom, des­ig­nated as a hate group by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter for its anti-LGBT views. A Demo­cratic law­maker now is propos­ing to get rid of the spe­cialty plates.

ARKANSAS Malvern: The Col­lege of the Oua­chi­tas is try­ing to join the Arkansas State Univer­sity Sys­tem.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Ran­cho Mi­rage: The city is amend­ing a mu­nic­i­pal code that bans back­yard bee­hives, in an effort to help re­build dy­ing colonies.

COLORADO Fort Collins: If you want to honor your love of craft beer this Valen­tine’s Day, there’s a fes­ti­val for that. The Sum­mit at Block One re­turns for its sec­ond straight year, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: Peanuts and Cracker Jack are no longer avail­able at Dunkin’ Donuts Park to make the venue safer for peo­ple with nut al­ler­gies.

DELAWARE Dover: The or­ga­niz­ers of a dor­mant pump­kin-launch­ing com­pe­ti­tion want to re­vive the an­nual event, which stopped af­ter a can­non mal­func­tioned in 2016 and crit­i­cally in­jured a woman. Or­ga­niz­ers for the an­nual Punkin Chunkin made the an­nounce­ment Fri­day on Face­book.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: Ari­zona State Univer­sity is adding more space to its op­er­a­tions in the city as school of­fi­cials say en­roll­ment in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal has grown faster than ex­pected.

FLORIDA Naples: This town full of trans­plants from up north re­ally loves pas­trami on rye. A list from na­tional food de­liv­ery ser­vice Gold­belly confirms that cus­tomers in Naples or­dered the most of the iconic New York sand­wiches in 2018 of any U.S. city it serves.

GE­OR­GIA Quit­man: A pro­posal has emerged in the Gen­eral Assem­bly that could bring broad­band ser­vice to ru­ral ar­eas via elec­tric co­op­er­a­tives, The Val­dosta Daily Times re­ports.

HAWAII Hilo: Op­po­nents of a pro­posed space­port on the Big Is­land at­tended an open house last week. The Hawaii Tri­bune-Her­ald re­ports some protesters sang songs, played the ukulele and cir­cu­lated with a mi­cro­phone seek­ing to put project rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the spot. Con­cerns in­cluded noise and air pol­lu­tion, along with safety.

IDAHO Twin Falls: Most of the state’s youth who took part in a na­tional sur­vey of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and queer teenagers say they reg­u­larly hear ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks at school.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: Planned Par­ent­hood of Illi­nois says its clin­ics are pro­vid­ing free birth con­trol for one year to el­i­gi­ble pa­tients who can’t afford it.

IN­DI­ANA Greenwood: A new play tower at the Old City Park will put the city on the na­tional map. Kids will be able to bal­ance in­side a three-tiered stack of blocks with slat­ted walls over­look­ing ping­pong ta­bles, shaded chairs and a grassy meadow. The 20-foot tower ex­pected to open in 2020 will be just the third of its kind in the coun­try.

IOWA Clear Lake: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a pos­si­ble theft of “price­less heir­looms” con­nected to 1950s rock ’n’ roll star Ritchie Valens and “the day the mu­sic died.” A 4-foot-tall “La Bamba” movie poster and two photo col­lages were last seen Feb. 2 dur­ing an an­nual lun­cheon hosted by the Valens fam­ily at the Best Western Mo­tor Lodge in Clear Lake.

KANSAS Lawrence: A Kansas screen­writer who co-wrote Spike Lee’s lat­est film, the Os­car-nom­i­nated “BlacKkKlans­man,” is set­ting his sights on his next project – a doc­u­men­tary about poet Langston Hughes. Kevin Will­mott, who is also a Univer­sity of Kansas film pro­fes­sor, tells the Lawrence Jour­nal-World he’s mak­ing a two-part doc­u­men­tary on the Amer­i­can lit­er­ary icon.

Ken­tucky KEN­TUCKY Shake­speare Louisville: Fes­ti­val The free will de­liver pro­duc­tions 58 per­for­mances this sum­mer. of seven LOUISIANA cre­ated interactive New Or­leans: map lets A re­cently peo­ple wa­ter­way know if in pol­lu­tion the state has un­safe made for a swim­ming it’s safe to eat and their tells catch. an­glers whether

us­ing MAINE DNA Port­land: to try to Sci­en­tists pre­serve are the re­main­ing lives in 14 lakes pop­u­la­tions and ponds of a in fish the that state and U.S. nowhere The sci­en­tists else in are the turn­ing con­ti­nen­tal species their of eyes land­locked to the Arc­tic fish that charr, has a lived in the state for mil­len­nia. The charr faces threats such as in­va­sive predators and a warm­ing cli­mate.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: As the city’s trou­bled po­lice depart­ment awaits a new com­mis­sioner, its in­terim leader says the agency is “un­der­staffed across the board.” Gary Tug­gle’s re­marks come on the heels of data ob­tained by The Bal­ti­more Sun show­ing the depart­ment has failed to fill about 500 va­can­cies.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: A Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor who had planned to run this year’s race says she can’t phys­i­cally do it af­ter be­ing struck by a car last month. Pro­fes­sional dancer Adri­anne Haslet, who lost a leg in the 2013 bomb­ing, told “CBS This Morn­ing” on Fri­day that she can’t prop­erly train be­cause she has too lit­tle mo­bil­ity in her left arm.

MICHI­GAN On­away: Imag­ine launch­ing a kayak from a tour boat rather than from shore to take in one of the Up­per Penin­sula’s most iconic scenic won­ders. The firstever kayak launch­ing ves­sel, de­signed to take 72 pas­sen­gers and 36 kayaks around the Pic­tured Rocks Na­tional Lakeshore, is set to launch later this year, says its man­u­fac­turer, Mo­ran Iron Works Inc.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: Many farm­ers who have suffered years of low crop prices are tak­ing on more debt to be­gin spring plant­ing. Min­nesota Pub­lic Ra­dio News re­ports that the Fed­eral Re­serve Bank of Minneapolis found poor crop prices and trade woes “dealt a finan­cial blow to farm­ers from July to Septem­ber.”

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Ox­ford: A col­lege-town sta­ple, the ban­ner spray-painted on a bed­sheet, is be­ing furled in this town. The Ox­ford Ea­gle re­ports al­der­men voted to ban the use of bed­sheets as ban­ners. They started con­sid­er­ing changes last year be­cause of con­cerns about ban­ners dur­ing the Univer­sity of Mis­sis­sippi foot­ball sea­son that di­rected vul­gar­i­ties at op­pos­ing foot­ball coaches.

MIS­SOURI Kansas City: The coun­try’s top child abuse hot­line re­cently launched its first text line, and now the non­profit is look­ing to this state for help de­ter­min­ing the ef­fi­ciency of the ser­vice. The new text line is part of na­tional child ad­vo­cacy non­profit Child­help’s efforts to reach more young peo­ple, who may be less com­fort­able or un­able to re­port abuse over the phone. Child­help of­fi­cials plan to study what works for text line coun­selors in Mis­souri.

MON­TANA He­lena: A state law­maker wants to make sure that meat pro­duced in a lab­o­ra­tory isn’t la­beled the same as meat from live­stock and poul­try. Re­pub­li­can Rep. Alan Redfield of Liv­ingston says he wants to make sure con­sumers know what they’re buy­ing.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: Law­mak­ers and con­ser­va­tion­ists who have seen a major drought, his­toric flood­ing and gi­gan­tic wildfires in the past decade are push­ing to pre­pare the state for cli­mate change, but leg­is­la­tors may not warm to the idea any­time soon. Ne­braska is one of seven Plains states that haven’t cre­ated a plan to deal with the lo­cal im­pact of more ex­treme weather.

NE­VADA Reno: A snow day is still a snow day in the eyes of the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, which re­it­er­ated to the Washoe County School Dis­trict on Fri­day that its dig­i­tal learn­ing plan doesn’t count as a school day. The dis­trict had said its “dig­i­tal days” wouldn’t have to be made up at the end of the school year.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Nashua: The city is offer­ing free tests on Valen­tine’s Day to en­sure that the only thing cou­ples are shar­ing is love. The Tele­graph re­ports that the Nashua Divi­sion of Pub­lic Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices is offer­ing free test­ing for sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, HIV and hep­ati­tis C.

NEW JER­SEY Wood­bine: Wildlife of­fi­cials say they caught three would-be poach­ers with the help of a stuffed “ro­botic” deer in De­cem­ber amid a hunt­ing en­force­ment effort.

NEW MEX­ICO Roswell: The site of an al­leged 1947 UFO crash site is un­der new man­age­ment. The Roswell Daily Record re­ports Bogle Ltd. Co. of Dex­ter has sold the Lin­coln County ranch­ing prop­erty about 75 miles north­west of Roswell to Din­wid­die Cat­tle Co. LLC.

NEW YORK Sack­ets Har­bor: The state has ac­quired an is­land off Lake On­tario’s east­ern shore that was the scene of a War of 1812 bat­tle be­tween Bri­tish and Amer­i­can forces. The Of­fice of Parks, Recre­ation and His­toric Preser­va­tion re­cently an­nounced it has pur­chased 24-acre Horse Is­land, which will be­come part of Sack­ets Har­bor Bat­tlefield State His­toric Site.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Scores of peo­ple at­tended an an­nual civil rights rally in the cap­i­tal city. WRAL re­ports Satur­day’s march fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness about racial and so­cial jus­tice. The 13th an­nual “Moral March on Raleigh” was led by the state NAACP chap­ter.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: The state’s House is con­sid­er­ing GOPspon­sored leg­is­la­tion that would pro­hibit lo­cal gov­ern­ments and law en­force­ment agen­cies from con­duct­ing firearm buy­back pro­grams.

OHIO Cincin­nati: If drink­ing beer is good, and so is tak­ing a long soak in a hot tub, then do­ing both at the same time is at least twice as good. That’s the prin­ci­ple of the Bier Spa, which is com­ing to the Columbi­aTus­cu­lum neigh­bor­hood this sum­mer. And it adds one more el­e­ment:

The tub is not filled with beer it­self but with hops, both pel­lets and flow­ers, and other in­gre­di­ents like es­sen­tial oils to heighten the ex­pe­ri­ence.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: The Ok­la­homa City Mu­seum of Art has ac­quired a paint­ing by the artist who cre­ated Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s of­fi­cial por­trait. Ke­hinde Wi­ley’s paint­ing ti­tled “Ja­cob de Gra­eff” fea­tures a con­tem­po­rary per­son in a style modeled on 17th-cen­tury Dutch artist Ger­ard ter Borch’s por­trait of Ja­cob de Gra­eff, a Dutch re­gent.

ORE­GON Salem: A bill that would cre­ate the pos­si­bil­ity of Ore­gon ex­port­ing mar­i­juana to ad­ja­cent states where cannabis is also le­gal has had its first pub­lic hear­ing, where ad­vo­cates said it would give the state a way to re­lieve its over­sup­ply and grow its brand. Separately, the U.S. at­tor­ney for Ore­gon warned against it, not­ing it would vi­o­late fed­eral law.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Philadel­phia: The Philadel­phia 76ers paid trib­ute to the late Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of bas­ket­ball’s most fe­ro­cious re­bound­ers, with a sculp­ture and a jer­sey re­tire­ment cer­e­mony Fri­day.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: Res­i­dents are get­ting a chance to re­visit how the civil rights move­ment played out in the state. The Rhode Is­land African Her­itage Civil Rights His­tory ex­hi­bi­tion opens Wed­nes­day at Aldrich House in Prov­i­dence.

SOUTH CAROLINA Bates­burgLeesville: Nearly 73 years af­ter a racially fu­eled beat­ing at the hands of a white po­lice chief left a black World War II vet­eran blind, the town has honored his mem­ory. Dis­tin­guished guests and mem­bers of Sgt. Isaac Woodard’s fam­ily gath­ered Satur­day for a pri­vate cer­e­mony be­fore un­veil­ing the his­toric marker.

SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: A state Se­nate panel has en­dorsed a bill that would rec­og­nize the of­fi­cial in­dige­nous lan­guage of South Dakota as that of the Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Na­tion. The lan­guage is made up of three di­alects: Dakota, Lakota and Nakota.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis: With con­struc­tion set to wrap up this week, de­vel­op­ers for a new Mid­town apart­ment build­ing have plans to erect a life-size statue of Johnny Cash just out­side the front doors. The build­ing is next to Gal­loway House, for­merly the Gal­loway Methodist Church, where Cash per­formed with Mar­shall Grant and Luther Perkins of the Ten­nessee Two for the first time.

TEXAS Austin: Some­thing new is keep­ing Austin weird – stinky tap wa­ter traced to rot­ting ze­bra mus­sels.

VER­MONT Burling­ton: Stu­dents are tak­ing to heart a sur­vey show­ing that 1 in 5 un­der­grad­u­ates at the Univer­sity of Ver­mont is not get­ting ad­e­quate nu­tri­tion. They’re now press­ing for a food pantry on cam­pus.

VIR­GINIA Wil­liams­burg: The Col­lege of Wil­liam & Mary has for­mally inau­gu­rated its first fe­male pres­i­dent, who had al­ready served more than six months in the role. The Daily Press re­ported the col­lege’s 326th Char­ter Day on Fri­day in­cluded the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Kather­ine A. Rowe.

WASH­ING­TON Seat­tle: Fed­eral of­fi­cials are at­tempt­ing to find the peo­ple who are killing sea lions near the city, offer­ing a $20,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion to find the per­pe­tra­tors.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: The state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice is spon­sor­ing a con­test among school­child­ren to pro­mote aware­ness of pre­scrip­tion painkiller abuse. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pa­trick Mor­risey says in a news re­lease that the “Kids Kick Opi­oids” con­test is open to el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school stu­dents. It can in­clude po­ems, draw­ings, let­ters or any­thing that pro­motes aware­ness of painkiller abuse.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: A ban on em­ploy­ees of an ob­scure state board that pre­vented them from ad­dress­ing cli­mate change has been lifted. The state Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Pub­lic Lands in­sti­tuted the ban in 2015, driven by con­cerns from two Re­pub­li­can of­fice­hold­ers.

WY­OMING Cheyenne: A leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee has en­dorsed a bill that would al­low mi­cro­brew­ers in the state to sell their prod­uct at lo­cal events.

COUR­TESY OF THE OR­GA­NI­ZA­TION FOR A NEW UTAH FLAGSalt Lake City: The state flag could get a makeover un­der a pro­posal be­fore the state leg­is­la­ture. The pri­vately funded Or­ga­ni­za­tion for a New Utah Flag claims the ma­jor­ity of Utahns do not iden­tify with the cur­rent flag. Jonathan Martin, a mem­ber of the group and flag de­signer, says the bee­hive on its pro­posed flag rep­re­sents in­dus­try. The white por­tion rep­re­sents snow-capped moun­tains in North­ern Utah, while the red stands for South­ern Utah’s red rocks. The blue on ei­ther side rep­re­sents the Great Salt Lake and tra­di­tion. The year 1847, when the Mor­mon pi­o­neers orig­i­nally set­tled in Utah, is also rep­re­sented on the flag.

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