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ALABAMA Birm­ing­ham: A Yel­low Cab was sliced in half when it was struck by a train, AL.com re­ported. Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Capt. Bryan Har­rell said the driver didn’t have any ob­vi­ous in­juries but was trans­ported to a hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion.

ALASKA Valdez: A 42-year-old man from Germany was treated at an An­chor­age hospi­tal af­ter fall­ing nearly 300 feet down Wor­thing­ton Glacier.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: En­ter­ing City Hall will soon be sim­i­lar to a trip through air­port se­cu­rity. This month, the city plans to roll out tighter se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures at its ad­min­is­tra­tive tower on Washington Street, The Ari­zona Re

public re­ported. Res­i­dents who visit City Hall will go through metal de­tec­tors and have their bags screened with an X-ray ma­chine.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: En­voy Air, a sub­sidiary of Amer­i­can Air­lines, an­nounced plans to es­tab­lish an air­craft main­te­nance fa­cil­ity at the air­port, a move that is likely to cre­ate 60 jobs over five years.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Los An­ge­les: An­gels Flight, the city’s his­toric two-car fu­nic­u­lar, has sat idle be­tween Hill and Olive Streets since it de­railed in 2013. Op­er­a­tors, of­fi­cials and lo­cals were aghast to dis­cover one of the cars had been de­faced, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported. The car’s win­dows were cov­ered in white scrawl.

COLORADO Fort Collins: Colorado State Univer­sity set a new record for en­roll­ment this fall, sur­pass­ing more than 33,000 stu­dents for the first time ever, The Coloradoan re­ported. That marks a nearly 6% in­crease from the pre­vi­ous fresh­man class size record set last year.

CON­NECTI­CUT Fair­field: A 40-year-old man told po­lice an es­cort, known only to him as “Amanda,” al­legedly stole $500 from him, The Con­necti­cut Post re­ported.

DELAWARE Dover: Robert Vasecka, a New Cas­tle County po­lice of­fi­cer, was charged with deal­ing in child pornog­ra­phy. Of­fi­cials say a public in­ter­net chat room re­ported that a user up­loaded sus­pected child porn images. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion led au­thor­i­ties to Vasecka, 45, who had sev­eral images of child pornog­ra­phy on his cell­phone.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA: On Thurs­day, Metro em­barks on the long­est “surge” of its SafeTrack main­te­nance pro­gram, which will en­tail 42 days of con­tin­u­ous sin­gle-track­ing be­tween Vi­enna and West Falls Church sta­tions, af­fect­ing tens of thou­sands of week­day trips, The Washington Post re­ported.

FLORIDA Panama City Beach: A red-legged tor­toise val­ued at about $200 has been stolen from ZooWorld, the Panama City News Her­ald re­ported.

GE­OR­GIA Athens: Pi Kappa Phi, a fra­ter­nity at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, was sus­pended for one year af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing a “sus­tained haz­ing ” of stu­dents, which in­cluded throw­ing food and condi­ments at stu­dents, the Athens Ban­ner-Her­ald re­ported.

HAWAII Ki­lauea: The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said a lake of lava came into view atop the Ki­lauea vol­cano, and a burst of seis­mic ac­tiv­ity has shaken the sum­mit in re­cent days. It’s the first time the lava lake has been vis­i­ble since May 2015.

IDAHO Po­catello: Idaho State Univer­sity saw a 2.1% drop in en­roll­ment com­pared with last fall, the Idaho State Jour­nal re­ported. Ac­cord­ing to the univer­sity’s 10th-day total en­roll­ment fig­ures, there are 11,025 stu­dents en­rolled this se­mes­ter; there were 11,259 at this time last year.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: The Berghoff ’s out­door party has been a sta­ple of Oktoberfes­t ob­ser­va­tions for more than 30 years, but this year, the res­tau­rant will host its fes­ti­val in­side, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported.

IN­DI­ANA Evansville: Mayor Lloyd Win­necke said Olympic swim­ming gold medal­ist Lilly King will meet with chil­dren Sept. 24. She’ll also re­ceive a key to the city.

IOWA Des Moines: Of­fi­cials un­veiled a pro­posed $500 mil­lion ter­mi­nal at the Des Moines air­port, KCCI-TV re­ported. The pro­posal in­cludes 14 gates and a new park­ing garage.

KANSAS Topeka: The Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, the state’s largest teach­ers union, asked the state Supreme Court to over­turn a 2014 law that stripped public school teach­ers of guar­an­teed ten­ure.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: River­ports in five western Ken­tucky cities were awarded a total of $500,000 in grants for im­prove­ments and re­pairs, of­fi­cials said. The money from the state’s River­port Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Trust Fund will go to ports in Hick­man, Pa­d­u­cah, Ed­dyville, Owens­boro and Hen­der­son.

LOUISIANA New Or­leans: The job of cleaning out the old Char­ity Hospi­tal is likely to cost $10 mil­lion and take at least six months, The Times-Picayune re­ported.

MAINE Saco: State po­lice charged a 49-year-old trac­tor­trailer driver with driv­ing to en­dan­ger af­ter he drove the wrong way on the Maine Turn­pike for sev­eral miles. Po­lice re­ceived phone calls from driv­ers alert­ing them that a driver was in the wrong lane in a ve­hi­cle with its lights off.

MARY­LAND Green­belt: One per­son was ar­rested af­ter au­thor­i­ties found more than 14 pounds of mar­i­juana in a pack­age wait­ing to be mailed. The Anne Arun­del County Sher­iff ’s of­fice said a K-9 dog helped with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Spring­field: A 66-year-old man al­legedly stopped to get food from Taco Bell im­me­di­ately af­ter run­ning down a pedes­trian and flee­ing the scene in his heav­ily dam­aged ve­hi­cle, The Repub­li­can re­ported.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: The first street­car for the city’s new light rail sys­tem has ar­rived, of­fi­cials said. Pas­sen­ger op­er­a­tions are sched­uled to start in spring 2017.

MIN­NESOTA Hop­kins: Health of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated five con­firmed cases of Le­gion­naire’s dis­ease. All five peo­ple be­came ill be­tween Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 and were hos­pi­tal­ized. Two have re­cov­ered. The pa­tients are all over the age of 50.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Crosby: A $250,000 grant will help peo­ple re­pair homes dam­aged by flood­ing in mid-Au­gust. Three homes were de­stroyed, 23 had ma­jor dam­age and 58 oth­ers had mi­nor dam­age in Wilkin­son County. The dam­age fell short of the thresh­old for dis­as­ter as­sis­tance from the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency.

MIS­SOURI Rosendale: An 8year-old girl died af­ter a 9-yearold driver crashed a util­ity ve­hi­cle.

MON­TANA Kal­ispell: Flat­head Val­ley Com­mu­nity Col­lege is build­ing its first on-cam­pus stu­dent hous­ing, the Daily In­ter Lake re­ported. Swank En­ter­prises be­gan work on the $7.7 mil­lion pro­ject that in­cludes four build­ings that will house 124 stu­dents.

NE­BRASKA Omaha: Pa­tri­cia Ur­banovsky, 31, who sold thou­sands of worth­less air­line vouch­ers, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of wire fraud in fed­eral court, the Omaha World-Her­ald re­ported. She could face more than six years in fed­eral prison when she’s sen­tenced in De­cem­ber.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: Auto ti­tle len­der Ti­tle Max ap­pealed a judge’s de­ci­sion to re­fund thou­sands of ti­tle loans is­sued to cus­tomers, the Las Ve­gas Re­viewJour­nal re­ported.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Brook­line: Af­ter her limo got a flat tire, bride An­gelique Ar­se­nault stuck out her thumb and hitch­hiked to the wed­ding venue in nearby Mil­ford. In her white dress, she was able to flag down a pass­ing mo­torist who gladly helped get her to the al­tar — al­beit 30 min­utes late.

NEW JER­SEY An­gelo Boemio, 42, marched down a road­way on Labor Day wear­ing only pink women’s bikini bot­toms and sneak­ers as pun­ish­ment for fin­ish­ing last in his fan­tasy foot­ball league.

NEW MEX­ICO Fed­eral agents searched for a man with a ban­dage over his chin sus­pected of rob­bing a down­town bank. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the man walked into the Bank of the West branch and tossed a threat­en­ing note to­ward a teller, de­mand­ing money.

NEW YORK West Seneca: Pros­e­cu­tors said the for­mer pres­i­dent of the West Seneca Youth Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion em­bez­zled about $49,000 from the club and used some of it to gam­ble at a casino. Kevin Chod­kowski, 46, was pres­i­dent of the league from 2011 to 2014. Au­thor­i­ties say he di­verted funds us­ing checks and ATM with­drawals from league ac­counts and fundrais­ers.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Faulty elec­tri­cal wiring and a failed pump mo­tor prob­a­bly caused the elec­tro­cu­tion and drown­ing of a 17-year-old life­guard at a neigh­bor­hood pool this month, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Wake County In­spec­tions De­part­ment cited by The News & Ob­server.

NORTH DAKOTA Minot: The school board con­sid­ered giv­ing its mem­bers a pay in­crease of $400 to $600 a month in an ef­fort to bring its com­pen­sa­tion in line with other large dis­tricts in the state. The Minot Daily News re­ported that each of the five board mem­bers gets $4,800 per year. The board wants to in­crease that to $7,200.

OHIO Columbus: The Franklin County Dog Shel­ter said eight more dogs have been put down fol­low­ing signs of dis­tem­per, bring­ing the total num­ber of eu­th­a­nized dogs to 60.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: An arena wor­thy of the name The Big House with ameni­ties to ce­ment Ok­la­homa City’s rep­u­ta­tion as “horse show cap­i­tal of the world” is on the draw­ing boards. Ar­chi­tects’ con­cep­tual ren­der­ings for a new build­ing de­pict a sleek pro­file with lower bowl seat­ing de­signed es­pe­cially for horse com­pe­ti­tions and rodeo, The Ok­la­homan re­ported. At 295,000 square feet, the $80 mil­lion arena would ri­val in size the MAPS 3 expo cen­ter that is near­ing com­ple­tion close by the pro­posed site for the new build­ing.

OREGON Le­banon: A 19-yearold man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ar­son af­ter a string of fires set in ditches this sum­mer, the Demo­crat-Her­ald re­ported.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Pitts­burgh: The union rep­re­sent­ing 2,200 bus and light-rail driv­ers and other em­ploy­ees of the tran­sit agency voted to re­ject a pro­posed four-year con­tract.

RHODE IS­LAND Bris­tol: A decade-long pro­ject to ex­tend the life of the nearly 90-year-old Mount Hope Bridge is about to get started, The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ported.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: “It was a mis­take,” in­terim Rich­land County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ger­ald Seals said of county crews who chopped down dozens of oak trees. The county vowed to plant 112 trees by early De­cem­ber to re­place those mis­tak­enly cut down by county work­ers last month in Lan­don Place, The State re­ported.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: The school dis­trict charges par­ents a $2 con­ve­nience fee to pay for lunches on­line af­ter wide­spread use strained its food ser­vices bud­get, the Ar­gus Leader re­ported.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: Ten­nessee State Univer­sity and ra­dio host Tom Joyner are en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity col­lege grad­u­ates to at­tend the univer­sity and teach in Mem­phis and Nashville af­ter grad­u­a­tion, of­fi­cials said.

TEXAS Cor­pus Christi: The al­gae bloom known as red tide has been found along south­ern parts of the state. The Parks and Wildlife De­part­ment con­firmed red tide in ar­eas of the Rio Grande Val­ley.

UTAH Salt Lake City: A man was ar­rested af­ter al­legedly pre­tend­ing to be a U.S. Mar­shal to try to avoid pay­ing two es­corts.

VER­MONT St. Al­bans: For­mer Burling­ton po­lice of­fi­cer Leanne Werner, 31, of St. Al­bans faces up to 12 years in prison af­ter ad­mit­ting she was driv­ing in a grossly neg­li­gent man­ner be­fore a July 2015 crash that killed Omer Martin, 74, Burling­ton Free Press re­ported.

VIRGINIA Ch­ester­field County: Three books crit­i­cized by par­ents as in­ap­pro­pri­ate should no longer be banned from use in schools, Su­per­in­ten­dent James Lane con­cluded, ac­cord­ing to the Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch. The books are Tyrell by Coe Booth, Dope Sick by Wal­ter Dean My­ers and Eleanor & Park by Rain­bow Row­ell.

WASHINGTON Gold­en­dale: A wild­fire burned one home near the Columbia River, au­thor­i­ties said.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: Rally or­ga­nizer Olivia “Olive” Bias said po­lice kicked a group of demon­stra­tors out of the Lee Street Tri­an­gle, where they were protest­ing the re­moval of sev­eral benches, the Charleston GazetteMai­l re­ported.

WIS­CON­SIN Mil­wau­kee: Jesse Hy­che, a for­mer in­ner-city land­lord who owes the city $202,000 in fines for code vi­o­la­tions, just bought an­other month of de­lay for $50. Hy­che has of­ten used bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion to frus­trate city ef­forts to col­lect fines or seize his prop­er­ties. Since 1989 Hy­che has been in bank­ruptcy for all but 22 months, Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­ported.

WY­OMING Laramie: Dan Smith, owner of Sum­mit Truck­ing and House­mov­ing, has moved seven build­ings from 12th Street as prepa­ra­tion for the Univer­sity of Wy­oming En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Build­ing, the Laramie Boomerang re­ported. One of Smith’s projects was the re­moval of an apart­ment build­ing. Smith and his crew — his two chil­dren, Tan­ner, 14, and Tucker, 9 — took two weeks to move it.

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