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.