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ALABAMA Mo­bile: Two doc­tors who op­er­ated a pain man­age­ment clinic on the Alabama coast are fac­ing fed­eral prison terms af­ter be­ing con­victed of run­ning what au­thor­i­ties de­scribe as a pill mill. Au­thor­i­ties say danger­ous amounts of painkillers were pre­scribed at the clinic.

ALASKA Fair­banks: Four peo­ple sus­pected of steal­ing a loaded 500-pound safe from a home in North Pole have been in­dicted on felony bur­glary and theft charges. The safe in the home’s garage con­tained nearly $100,000 in coins, jew­elry and guns.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: The Ari­zona Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is adding a cash pay­ment op­tion to its kiosks at 22 Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Divi­sion of­fices. The kiosks un­til re­cently could ac­cept only credit or debit cards.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Arkansas health of­fi­cials say two cases of Lyme dis­ease have been con­firmed. Other tick-borne ail­ments like Rocky Moun­tain Spot­ted Fever are more com­mon in the state.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Tustin: The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol says a 3-month-old girl died in a car fire along an Or­ange County free­way. Po­lice say the four adults in the Dodge Car­a­van, all of whom suf­fered burn in­juries, were un­able to free the in­fant from her car seat, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ports.

COLORADO Grand Junc­tion: Ku Klux Klan fliers were dis­trib­uted in at least three neigh­bor­hoods of Grand Junc­tion dur­ing the week of Valen­tine’s Day. The fliers ad­vised peo­ple to “love your own RACE” and to “stop ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity & race mix­ing.”

CON­NECTI­CUT New Haven: Grad­u­ate stu­dents from a half dozen de­part­ments at Yale Univer­sity have voted to form unions. The elec­tions were ad­min­is­tered last week by the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board.

DELAWARE Dover: Delaware’s flu death tally for Fe­bru­ary has climed to six. Of­fi­cials say the lat­est two vic­tims had mul­ti­ple un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Metro tran­sit sys­tem’s largest union is ask­ing a judge to deny a La­bor Depart­ment ef­fort to force new elec­tions. But Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union Lo­cal 689 ac­knowl­edges that rules were “not fol­lowed to the let­ter” in the De­cem­ber 2015 elec­tions, WTOP ra­dio re­ports.

FLORIDA Tampa: In­ves­ti­ga­tors say an in­ten­tion­ally set fire dam­aged a prayer hall at a Tam­paarea mosque last week. No one was at the mosque when the fire started.

GE­OR­GIA Sa­van­nah: Arm­strong State Univer­sity alumni are try­ing to pre­serve the Sa­van­nah school’s name as it pre­pares to con­sol­i­date with Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity next year, The Sa­van­nah Morn­ing News re­ports. Arm­strong’s Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion wants the main Arm­strong cam­pus re­named to Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity — Arm­strong Cam­pus.

HAWAII Honolulu: A boat owner faces a $10,000 fine for what Hawaii of­fi­cials say were il­le­gal lava tours, Hawaii News Now re­ports. Lava flow has at­tracted thou­sands of spec­ta­tors.

IDAHO Shoshone: Idaho of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims that a dairy pumped ma­nure into a canal. Tests are be­ing con­ducted on wa­ter coming from faucets in homes near the 10,000-cow 4 Bros Dairy, The Times-News re­ports.

ILLI­NOIS Belleville: Illi­nois of­fi­cials are deal­ing with a dev­as­tat­ing fun­gus, Box­wood blight, that can kill the pop­u­lar land­scape shrub­bery, The (Belleville) News-Demo­crat re­ports.

IN­DI­ANA East Chicago: The In­di­ana Fi­nance Author­ity is of­fer­ing free drink­ing wa­ter tests at all of the state’s pub­lic schools, The (North­west In­di­ana) Times re­ports.

IOWA Des Moines: The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Iowa is tak­ing up the case of a trans­gen­der high school stu­dent who was or­dered to wash off “love trumps hate” writ­ten on his arm or be sent home.

KANSAS Topeka: Some 7,000 pounds of trout were re­leased last week­end into Lake Shawnee near Topeka. Fish­ing at the lake was halted for the an­nual re­lease and will re­sume March 4.

KEN­TUCKY Pikeville: Cherry toma­toes and bell pep­pers are among the crops planned for a 2 mil­lion-square-foot green­house in Pikeville. Ken­tucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s of­fice says the $50 mil­lion high-tech fa­cil­ity at a for­mer sur­face coal mine will cre­ate 140 full-time jobs.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: A Louisiana tax pre­parer faces felony charges for what state of­fi­cials say was a scheme that cost tax­pay­ers an es­ti­mated $300,000. The state Depart­ment of Rev­enue says Melissa Cato al­tered clients’ state in­come tax re­turns to claim losses for busi­nesses that didn’t ex­ist.

MAINE Port­land: Maine fish­ing reg­u­la­tors have tem­po­rar­ily closed sev­eral scal­lop fish­ing ar­eas to pre­vent over-har­vest, WCSH-TV re­ports.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: A wind­power de­vel­oper is ap­peal­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tive law judge’s de­nial of plans for a 17-tur­bine project atop Dan’s Moun­tain in Mary­land. A pro­posed or­der is­sued in Jan­uary said the project’s po­ten­tial ben­e­fits were out­weighed by its neg­a­tive ef­fects on those liv­ing near the site.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Fal­mouth: For­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s top sci­ence ad­viser has re­joined the cli­mate sci­ence or­ga­ni­za­tion he led be­fore his White House ser­vice. John Hol­dren re­joined the Mas­sachusetts-based Woods Hole Re­search Cen­ter last week.

MICHI­GAN Lans­ing: An of­fice build­ing and 21 va­cant parcels owned by the Michi­gan Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion are sched­uled for pub­lic auc­tion March 20. Of­fi­cials say the prop­er­ties are no longer needed.

MINNESOTA Minneapolis: Ten in­com­ing fresh­men will be cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in a seven-year pro­gram that guar­an­tees ac­cep­tance into the Univer­sity of Minnesota med­i­cal school. Minnesota Daily The re­ports that the pro­gram is to en­sure that stu­dents work as doc­tors in the state af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Ar­mory: Van­dal­ism at storm shel­ters has Ar­mory Mayor Brad Blalock seek­ing pub­lic help. The mayor said locks were dam­aged be­yond re­pair and opened, so the in­te­rior of the shel­ter was ex­posed to dam­age, The North­east Mis­sis­sippi Daily Jour­nal re­ports.

MIS­SOURI Columbia: Vol­un­teers in Columbia are work­ing to cre­ate a sanc­tu­ary for monarch but­ter­flies. The seeds of milk­weed and up to 40 other na­tive flow­ers will be planted on a fiveacre field once it’s been cleared of un­wanted plants, per­haps as soon as 2019.

MON­TANA Butte: Mon­tana wildlife of­fi­cials say a moun­tain lion took a swipe at a 6-year-old girl, but the child wasn’t hurt. The Mon­tana Stan­dard re­ports that the girl and two other chil­dren were play­ing in a back­yard Feb. 17 when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

NE­BRASKA Cre­ston: Con­struc­tion on the sec­ond phase of the Cre­ston Ridge Wind Farm in Ne­braska has be­gun, The Nor­folk Daily News re­ports. The work is ten­ta­tively sched­uled to fin­ish in May.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: A 200-seat arena for com­pet­i­tive video gam­ing is Las Ve­gas’ new­est ef­fort to at­tract mil­len­ni­als. The e-sports venue with dozens of game con­soles will host a Halo World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier with a $50,000 prize pool.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Durham: A dozen Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire stu­dents are among 15 peo­ple fac­ing felony charges aris­ing from post-Su­per Bowl mayhem on the Durham cam­pus. Po­lice say three ve­hi­cles were de­stroyed.

NEW JERSEY El­iz­a­beth: A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to help­ing run an in­ter­na­tional car­jack­ing and stolen car traf­fick­ing ring. Au­thor­i­ties say Kyle Cham­pag­nie stole high-end cars such as Land Rovers and BMWs to ship to West Africa.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: A new Al­bu­querque Mu­seum ex­hibit spot­lights New Mex­ico’s movie in­dus­try. The Al­bu­querque

Jour­nal re­ports that the ex­hibit in­cludes early si­lent films, West­erns and even TV shows like “Break­ing Bad.”

NEW YORK Clark­stown: Two World War II-era grenades were found in a sub­ur­ban New York nurs­ing home res­i­dent’s re­frig­er­a­tor. The Jour­nal News re­ports that the Tap­pan Zee Manor Nurs­ing Home was evac­u­ated while po­lice searched the fa­cil­ity last week.

NORTH CAROLINA Cen­ter­ville: State law­mak­ers are con­sid­er­ing wip­ing a town off the North Carolina map. A bill filed last week would re­peal the char­ter of Cen­ter­ville in Franklin County. The town has fewer than 100 res­i­dents.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: A Catholic school sys­tem in Bis­marck is plan­ning to build a fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter for stu­dents. The Bis­marck Tri­bune re­ports that of­fi­cials at Light of Christ schools and the head of Choice Fi­nan­cial an­nounced the project last week.

OHIO Cleve­land: A crowd of peo­ple turned out last week to watch the de­mo­li­tion of a cen­tury-old power plant along Lake Erie in Cleve­land. Some 200 pounds of ex­plo­sives brought the Lake Shore Power Plant crash­ing down.

OK­LA­HOMA Moore: A fed­eral judge dis­missed a re­quest to fine the widow of a man who was killed by po­lice. A frus­trated Nair Ro­driguez called of­fi­cers “pigs” on Face­book af­ter they in­ter­vened in a fam­ily scuf­fle in a the­ater park­ing lot.

ORE­GON Med­ford: A law­suit con­tends that a for­mer Jack­son County com­mis­sioner took cash pay­ments for mar­i­juana con­sult­ing while in of­fice and bilked in­vestors to fi­nance a pot shop, The Mail Tri­bune re­ports.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg: A man’s bid to run for the Penn­syl­va­nia leg­is­la­ture is down the drain — partly be­cause he used too lit­tle wa­ter where he claimed to live. A judge threw Fred­er­ick Ramirez off the bal­lot, find­ing that low wa­ter and elec­tric use showed he re­ally didn’t live there.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: Rhode Is­land has reached an agree­ment with Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union over the trou­bled roll­out of a new pub­lic ben­e­fits sys­tem. The prob­lems caused thou­sands of de­lays in food stamps and other ben­e­fits.

SOUTH CAROLINA Ridge­land: The South Carolina pas­tor/state sen­a­tor who was among those killed in the Charleston church shoot­ings now has a build­ing named in his honor. The Is­land Packet of Hil­ton Head re­ports that the Jasper County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing is re­named for Cle­menta Pinck­ney.

SOUTH DAKOTA Rapid City: Sup­port­ers of Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City say the fa­cil­ity is in good po­si­tion if it needs to sur­vive an­other round of base clo­sures, The Rapid City Jour­nal re­ports.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: Van­der­bilt Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fi­cials say the med­i­cal records of more than 3,000 of the hos­pi­tal’s pa­tients were breached. The hos­pi­tal blamed the se­cu­rity lapse on two em­ploy­ees, who were dis­ci­plined, The Tennessean re­ports.

TEXAS Col­lege Sta­tion: Texas of­fi­cials say a drone be­ing op­er­ated near a wild­fire last week forced two air­craft car­ry­ing re­tar­dant to be grounded. The drone nearly col­lided with one of the planes.

UTAH Salt Lake City: Of­fi­cials have aban­doned plans for two of four homeless re­source cen­ters for Salt Lake City. But they still plan to build two other 200-bed shel­ters and will se­lect a site for a third shel­ter in Salt Lake County by March 30.

VER­MONT Barre: A man ac­cused of killing twin elderly sis­ters in a crash in Barre told po­lice he was speed­ing in a truck with bad brakes so his pas­sen­ger could make her methadone ap­point­ment. Shaun Duprey pleaded not guilty last week to two felony counts, The Times Argus re­ports.

VIR­GINIA Vir­ginia Beach: A man died at his Vir­ginia Beach home while play­ing a 24-hour video game marathon. Brian Vigneault had spent about 22 hours play­ing “World of Tanks” to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion when he took a smoke break but never ap­peared on screen again. The cause of death is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

WASH­ING­TON Longview: Wash­ing­ton state’s Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife opened a highly an­tic­i­pated one-day sea­son for smelt fish­ing last week­end on the lower Cowlitz River. Thou­sands of peo­ple turned out, but the smelt didn’t. When the five­hour fishery ended, most catch lo­ca­tions reg­is­tered zero.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: Ride-book­ing ser­vice Uber has reached a ten­ta­tive con­tract to serve Charleston’s Yea­ger Air­port, The Charleston Gazette-Mail re­ports.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: The mayor of Madi­son is propos­ing a task force aimed at mak­ing Wis­con­sin’s cap­i­tal a more wel­com­ing place, es­pe­cially for hip-hop artists and au­di­ences, The Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal re­ports.

WY­OMING Casper: The Wy­oming Depart­ment of Health says Sage-West hos­pi­tal in Lan­der should in­form pa­tients who had surgery be­tween De­cem­ber 2013 and Oc­to­ber 2016 that they could have been ex­posed to non-ster­ile sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments. The Casper Star-Tri­bune re­ports that sur­geons found dried blood and “bone-like frag­ments” on in­stru­ments that were sup­posed to be ster­ile. The hos­pi­tal says there’s no ev­i­dence that any pa­tients con­tracted in­fec­tious dis­eases.

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