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USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS / STATE-BY-STATE - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports by Fred An­klam Jr. and Den­nis Lyons. De­sign by Michael B. Smith. Graph­ics by Bob Laird.

ALABAMA: Selma Rose San­ders talks with re­porters prior to a march on City Hall on Tues­day. About 50 demon­stra­tors were protest­ing plans to place a new mon­u­ment to Civil War Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Nathan Bed­ford For­rest in a city ceme­tery.

ALASKA Sitka: Coun­ter­feit coupons bought on eBay and other sites have been rip­ping off cus­tomers and lo­cal busi­nesses. Po­lice Lt. Barry Allen says some res­i­dents have paid $80 to $100 for a $200 book­let of coupons. Allen says if peo­ple have to pay for coupons, they’re al­most cer­tainly coun­ter­feit.

ARI­ZONA Tuc­son: A 17-year-old polar bear who died this month at Reid Park Zoo had suf­fered from an un­di­ag­nosed heart ail­ment. A necropsy has shown that the bear named Snow had an en­larged and scarred heart.

ARKANSAS Judsonia: Two men are charged with theft and abuse of a corpse af­ter they al­legedly re­moved the body of a man who com­mit­ted sui­cide in his truck and stole the ve­hi­cle. The White County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said Michael Hollingshe­ad, 43, and Austin Flynn, 22, dragged the body from the ve­hi­cle and drove away.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Los Angeles: Po­lice of­fi­cers as­sist Drug En­force­ment Agency agents serv­ing a fed­eral war­rant Tues­day to shut down a marijuana dis­pen­sary oper­at­ing in Chi­na­town. Pros­e­cu­tors filed three law­suits against prop­er­ties that house pot shops and sent 68 warn­ing let­ters to other clin­ics, or­der­ing them to close or face pos­si­ble crim­i­nal charges.

COLORADO Den­ver: The state Colorado has re­ceived a $200,000 fed­eral grant to in­ves­ti­gate build­ing a space­port east of the city, the Fort Collins Coloradoan re­ported. Back­ers say space travel could cut trip time be­tween Den­ver and Aus­tralia from 20 hours to five.

CON­NECTI­CUT Storrs: The Na­tional Sci­ence Board says state fund­ing per stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut has de­clined over the past decade as en­roll­ment soared. Their re­port said per-stu­dent fund­ing fell by 16% be­tween 2002 and 2010. State ap­pro­pri­a­tions in­creased 6%, but the fund­ing per-stu­dent dropped as en­roll­ment grew by 26%.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: The sculp­ture Un­wa­ver­ing Courage in the Pur

suit of Free­dom will be un­veiled Oct. 3 at Tub­man- Gar­rett River­front Park,

Delaware On­line re­ported. The statue, by Chiodo Art of Cal­i­for­nia, is a “trib­ute to Har­riet Tub­man and Thomas Gar­rett, col­lab­o­ra­tors in the suc­cess of the Un­der­ground Rail­road in Wilm­ing­ton.”

D.C. City schools, fire­houses, po­lice sta­tions and of­fices are 100% pow­ered by wind. Sam Brooks, head of the En­ergy and Sus­tain­abil­ity Division, said the city buys about $52 mil­lion worth of elec­tric­ity each year, enough to power 90,000 homes. The city has bought wind power since 2009.

FLORIDA Tal­la­has­see: Nopetro for­mally opened its first com­pressed nat­u­ral gas fu­el­ing cen­ter on a 2.5-acre site on Cap­i­tal Circle North­west on Tues­day. The Tal­la­has­see Demo­crat re­ported it will serve the lo­cal school dis­trict’s com­pressed nat­u­ral gaspow­ered bus fleet and other users.

GE­OR­GIA Al­bany: The 4,620-acre Mag­no­lia Plan­ta­tion is for sale for the first time in 50 years. The prop­erty was pur­chased in the late 1950s by Charles Allen Thomas of St. Louis and is now owned by the Thomas fam­ily,

The Al­bany Her­ald re­ported.

HAWAII Honolulu: An engi­neer­ing stu­dent from Nige­ria has re­ceived re­con­struc­tive eye­lid surgery, thanks to the oph­thal­mol­o­gist who saved his life 20 years ago. Su­san Senft per­formed surgery for a rare tu­mor on Buhari Sal­isu Buhari when he was 3. Twenty years later, he con­tacted her, and she ar­ranged for him to travel here for surgery by Jorge Ca­mara.

IDAHO Ru­pert: A 6-year-old boy is cred­ited with sav­ing his 13-year-old cousin us­ing the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver. El­iz­a­beth Hill says her daugh­ter, Bethany, was chok­ing on pop­corn at a theater Satur­day. Damien Munoz’s grand­mother had taught him the ma­neu­ver. Hill says Damien’s ef­forts dis­lodged some pop­corn, and Bethany was able to cough up the rest.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: The Univer­sity of Chicago’s Har­ris School of Pub­lic Pol­icy aims to help the strug­gling steel town of Gary, Ind. For­mer Chicago mayor Richard Da­ley, a dis­tin­guished se­nior fel­low at the school, got his grad­u­ate students in­volved.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: Mar­ion County Judge Patrick McCarty has ruled that a stan­dard teacher con­tract form that would have al­lowed school dis­tricts to in­crease teach­ers’ hours with­out pay­ing them more is il­le­gal. He said the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t have author­ity to uni­lat­er­ally con­tra­dict ex­ist­ing con­tract law.

IOWA Des Moines: This year’s heat and drought is de­liv­er­ing vi­brant fall col­ors to north­ern Iowa. This week’s warm days and cool nights are per­fect for coax­ing late-emerg­ing hues into leaves, said Bruce Blair, a dis­trict forester for the Iowa Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

KANSAS Wi­chita: State farm­ers have planted 17% of next year’s win­ter wheat crop while bring­ing in this year’s corn crop faster than nor­mal. Kansas Agri­cul­tural Sta­tis­tics Ser­vice said that wheat seed­ing is on av­er­age pace. Mean­while, the corn har­vest reached the 64% mark as of Sun­day, about three weeks ahead of av­er­age.

KEN­TUCKY Hebron: A his­tor­i­cal marker com­mem­o­rates a midair plane col­li­sion that hap­pened nearly 60 years ago. About 50 peo­ple, in- clud­ing rel­a­tives of the 13 who died aboard Trans World Air­lines Flight 694, at­tended Sun­day’s ded­i­ca­tion,

The Ken­tucky En­quirer re­ported. The plane was headed for Cleve­land when it was struck Jan. 12, 1955, by a pri­vate air­craft. There were no sur­vivors.

LOUISIANA Lafayette: Students at the Univer­sity of Louisiana-Lafayette will vote Oct. 8-9 on a fee that would help pay for ma­jor cam­pus up­grades,

The Advertiser re­ported. The fee would be $7.50 per credit hour, capped at 15 hours.

MAINE Port­land: The state Ju­di­cial Branch has joined Twit­ter, and spokes­woman Mary Ann Lynch said it will be used to alert peo­ple to court or­ders, Supreme Ju­di­cial Court de­ci­sions, new court rules and ad­min­is­tra­tive or­ders on its web­site.

MARY­LAND Bladens­burg: The Univer­sity of Mary­land is get­ting a $700,000 fed­eral grant to help com­mu­ni­ties re­duce stormwa­ter runoff, the fastest grow­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Bay pol­lu­tion source.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: The state trans­porta­tion board chose Bev­erly Scott as gen­eral man­ager of the Mas­sachusetts Bay Trans­porta­tion Author­ity. Scott, the head of At­lanta’s pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem, was awarded a three-year con­tract with an an­nual salary of $220,000.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: Epi­zootic hem­or­rhagic dis­ease, a virus trans­mit­ted by bit­ing flies, is blamed for killing 4,200 white­tail deer in Michi­gan’s lower penin­sula, the Detroit Free

Press re­ported. There’s no ev­i­dence that the dis­ease can be trans­mit­ted to hu­mans, ac­cord­ing to the Michi­gan Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

MIN­NESOTA Min­neapo­lis: Ger­ret Parks, a Bloom­ing­ton man ac­cused of hurl­ing a heavy metal vise through a car wind­shield, knock­ing the driver un­con­scious, was sen­tenced to more than six years in prison.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Wes­son: Hous­ton Stack­house, who taught and men­tored other blues artists, will be hon­ored with a Blues Trail marker to­day.

MIS­SOURI Kear­ney: An ef­fort to de­ter­mine whether a 19th-cen­tury out­law is buried in Muddy Fork Ceme­tery will be post­poned in­def­i­nitely. Re­searchers hoped to de­ter­mine whether Clell Miller, who rode with Jesse James, is buried in the Miller fam­ily plot. But the Jack­son County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice said four peo­ple are buried in the fam­ily plot, and re­searchers could not de­ter­mine which grave might hold his re­mains.

MON­TANA Bon­ner: Fed­eral, state, Mis­soula County and tribal of­fi­cials marked the end of clean-up and restora­tion work at the Mill­town Su­per­fund clean-up site with a gath­er­ing tout­ing the suc­cess of the more than $100 mil­lion project paid for by a set­tle­ment with At­lantic Rich­field. The Su­per­fund work be­gan in 2006.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: An on­line ad­ver­tise­ment led po­lice to theft sus­pect Bran­don Peters, 26. A man had re­ported that some­one stole a cam­era and gear from his pickup. He called later to re­port a Craigslist ad that con­tained in­for­ma­tion match­ing the stolen cam­era. The ad boasted that the cam­era was “a steal to who­ever wants it.”

NE­VADA Reno: Forty-two years af­ter be­ing wounded in bat­tle, Viet­nam vet­eran Daniel Franich of Fern­ley re­ceived a Pur­ple Heart and other medals in a cer­e­mony at the of­fice of Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. The Reno

Gazette- Jour­nal re­ported that Franich was prompted by his fam­ily to pur­sue recog­ni­tion from the Sept. 26, 1970, in­ci­dent when he was lead­ing his squad on pa­trol north­west of Saigon.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Wind­ham: The board of select­men voted to keep the skate park closed un­til spring be­cause of prob­lems with trash, foul lan­guage and skate­board­ers not wear­ing hel­mets. The board asked skate­board­ers and par­ents to come up with so­lu­tions be­fore the re­open­ing.

NEW JERSEY Tren­ton: State Se­nate Pres­i­dent Stephen Sweeney wants a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to raise the state’s min­i­mum wage and tie fu­ture in­creases to the fed­eral Con­sumer Price In­dex, the As­bury Park

Press re­ported. The Glouces­ter County Demo­crat said he will in­tro­duce a res­o­lu­tion call­ing for the amend­ment. The idea was panned by Gov. Christie, who called the pro­posal “truly ridicu­lous.”

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: A law­maker used cam­paign funds to pay for mas­sages and chi­ro­prac­tic ad­just­ments to treat his back prob­lems. Cam­paign fi­nance re­ports show Demo­cratic state Rep. Miguel Gar­cia spent at least $740 on the treat­ments, as well as $77 on herbal reme­dies. Gar­cia said it was al­lowed be­cause his back prob­lems act up dur­ing cam­paign­ing.

NORTH CAROLINA Char­lotte: The

Char­lotte Ob­server and The News & Ob­server of Raleigh found that large non-profit hos­pi­tals are mark­ing up prices on can­cer drugs two to 10 times over cost. Hos­pi­tals in­creas­ingly buy the prac­tices of in­de­pen­dent on­col­o­gists, then charge more for the same chemo­ther­apy.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: Mor­ton County Park Di­rec­tor Vern Davis, 72, re­signed, say­ing he lacks the com­puter skills needed to ful­fill his du­ties.

OHIO Ma­son: Kings Is­land has be­gun dis­man­tling the Son of Beast roller coaster. Billed as the world’s tallest — 218 feet — and fastest — 78 mph — wooden coaster when it opened in 2000, the ride was idled re­peat­edly af­ter ac­ci­dents and in­juries.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City

Ar­chi­tect Duane Mass points out wa­ter dam­age in the base­ment of the Capi­tol dur­ing a tour for House mem­bers to ar­eas inside the build­ing out­side the pub­lic’s view that re­vealed rot­ting pipes, crum­bling walls and a patch­work of dis­or­ga­nized re­pairs.

ORE­GON Port­land: The Army has told an Ore­gon Na­tional Guard unit to start pre­par­ing for a de­ploy­ment that could make the mem­bers among the last Amer­i­can troops in Afghanista­n. The de­ploy­ment of 1,800 troops of the 41st In­fantry Bri­gage would be the Guard’s sec­ond-largest over­seas de­ploy­ment since World War II, The

Ore­go­nian re­ported. Three years ago a Guard unit sent 2,800 troops to Iraq.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Philadel­phia: The Delaware River Water­front Corp.’s three wa­ter taxis might be­gin char­tered trips next year, spurred by a new mas­ter plan aimed at get­ting more res­i­dents and tourists onto the river. The blue-and-white ves­sels — Wil­liam Penn, Ben Franklin and Stephen Gi­rard — were bought in 2003 but have been in stor­age.

RHODE IS­LAND War­wick: The owner of a foul-mouthed cock­a­too slapped with a $15 fine for vi­o­lat­ing a noise or­di­nance is ap­peal­ing. The

Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ported that War­wick res­i­dent Lynne Tay­lor is ap­peal­ing to a state court. A mu­nic­i­pal judge said Tay­lor had bro­ken a lo­cal law that pro­hibits res­i­dents from let­ting their pets ha­bit­u­ally make noise. Tay­lor’s lawyer says the or­di­nance gives no pa­ram­e­ters for what noise con­sti­tutes a vi­o­la­tion.

SOUTH CAROLINA Pick­ens: A po­lice of­fi­cer fired af­ter tick­et­ing Clem­son football coach Dabo Swin­ney for speed­ing said the in­for­ma­tion re­leased about his dis­missal is in­ac­cu­rate. As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Travis Riggs told The Greenville News that Of­fi­cer Michael McClatchy used a po­lice com­puter to post de­tails of the in­ci­dent on a web­site for fans of Clem­son’s arch-ri­vals, the South Carolina Game­cocks. McClatchy says he used his home com­puter.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Me­dian house­hold in­come in the state rose 2.8% from 2010 to 2011, the Ar­gus

Leader re­ported. That bucks a na­tional trend in which in­come fell from $51,144 to $50,502.

TEN­NESSEE Kingston: The Roane County Schools have wrapped up a con­struc­tion pro­gram paid for by the Ten­nessee Val­ley Author­ity. The

Knoxville News Sen­tinel re­ported that the con­struc­tion was on the draw­ing board when an ash la­goon breached at TVA’s Kingston Fos­sil Plant in 2008. The schools got most of a $43 mil­lion pay­out, which built Dyl­lis Springs El­e­men­tary and ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion of other schools.

TEXAS Spring­town: The Spring­town In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict changed its cor­po­ral pu­n­ish­ment pol­icy to let male ed­u­ca­tors pad­dle fe­male students.

UTAH Parowan: For­mer po­lice chief Pre­ston Grif­fiths plans to sue the city for wrong­ful ter­mi­na­tion. Grif­fiths was charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and of­fi­cial mis­con­duct in 2011 af­ter shoot­ing a res­i­dent’s dog and ly­ing about it. Al­though the charges were dropped, he was forced to re­tire.

VER­MONT Ar­ling­ton: More than a dozen for­mer mod­els for Nor­man Rock­well are hav­ing a re­union Satur­day here where the artist lived from 1939-53. The group be at the Nor­man Rock­well Ex­hi­bi­tion and share sto­ries about Rock­well, whose paint­ings and il­lus­tra­tions graced more than 300 cov­ers of The Satur­day Evening Post.

VIR­GINIA Blacksburg: Vir­ginia Tech bi­ol­o­gists are team­ing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice to re­lease 5,000 en­dan­gered mus­sels into the Pow­ell River, which has been un­der pres­sure from min­ing, log­ging and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Mus­sels act as fil­ters to pu­rify wa­ters. WASH­ING­TON Port Townsend: Seven mem­bers of a Seattle fam­ily were hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter eat­ing mus­sels from a Dis­cov­ery Bay beach that has been closed by the state since July be­cause of high lev­els of biotoxin.

WEST VIR­GINIA Beck­ley: Moun­tain State Univer­sity has sold its two air­craft and is as­sess­ing other prop­er­ties ahead of its clo­sure in De­cem­ber. In June, the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion re­voked the school’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion, later was ex­tended to Dec. 31.

WIS­CON­SIN Amherst: Three Portage County res­i­dents are ac­cused of cash­ing the So­cial Se­cu­rity checks of a rel­a­tive who has been miss­ing for 30 years. If Marie Jost is still alive, she’d be 100 years old. Her son, daugh­ter and son-in-law are ac­cused of cash­ing her gov­ern­ment checks.

WY­OMING Cody: The Game and Fish Depart­ment urges those who go into bear coun­try to use cau­tion and carry bear spray. Tara Teaschner, in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, said the game depart­ment ex­pects an in­crease in bear-hu­man en­coun­ters as bears be­come more ac­tive.

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