News from across the USA
ALABAMA Birmingham: A thief who couldn’t shift out of 1st gear led a slow chase in a flatbed truck that ended when the transmission seized, AL.com reports. ALASKA Petersburg: The largest vessel in the Alaska Marine fleet won’t return to service until July 26, KFSK.org reports. ARIZONA Phoenix: The University of Arizona medical college in Phoenix has full accreditation. ARKANSAS Arkadelphia: Construction is expected to begin in March 2018 for a planned $1 billion pulp mill in Arkadelphia, The
Daily Siftings Herald reports. CALIFORNIA Long Beach: Southern California coastal officials warn boaters that chumming for sharks to get video of them can create a safety hazard, the Press
Telegram reports. COLORADO Boulder: Wildlife officials warn people in Boulder to be wary of moose after one attacked two women and a dog, The
Daily Camera reports. CONNECTICUT Putnam: A man faces charges after police say he went on a naked rampage in an antiques store, knocking over display cases and smashing items. DELAWARE Lewes: A sick loggerhead turtle has been rescued and sent to rehab. A U.S. Coast Guard crew spotted the 252-pound turtle, nicknamed Tammie, with a biota-encrusted shell. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A boy found floating facedown in a children’s pool at a home day care center in Washington has died. FLORIDA Orlando: A new group called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty wants to persuade Florida lawmakers to end it, citing the expense and the morality of taking another life. GEORGIA Albany: John R. Tibbetts, who served 21 years as an Army officer, has been chosen as the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year, WALB-TV reports.
HAWAII Hilo: The Honolulu Star-Ad
vertiser reports that the judge considering the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope now has all the required documents in hand to make a ruling. IDAHO Lewiston: Officials at the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University have asked the State Board of Education for permission to allow alcohol sales at home football games this year, the Lewiston
Tribune reports. ILLINOIS Springfield: State officials say the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin will be ready for summer state fairs, but major updates await funding.
INDIANA Fishers: The Indian
apolis Star reports that four proposals were submitted to expand the 37-mile Nickel Plate rail line. IOWA Des Moines: Jerry Foxhoven, a Drake University Law School professor with experience in child protection, has been appointed to lead the Iowa Human Services Department. KANSAS Topeka: Education officials are renewing a $6 million contract with the state’s student assessment provider despite technical problems that caused delays for many school districts. KENTUCKY Louisville: Three people who use medical marijuana to ease health problems filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Kentucky’s ban on its use. LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: Legislators have backed a $28 billionplus state operating budget that would use every available dollar. MAINE Topsham: The Maine Warden Service says a fox that attacked a worker at a Topsham scrapyard was most likely rabid. MARYLAND Baltimore: A federal judge ruled against a man who tried to claim the $2.8 million White Marlin Open tournament prize after he and his crew failed polygraph tests.
Boston: The state’s highest court ruled Wednesday that privately run hypodermic needle exchange programs can operate without state or community approval. MICHIGAN Comstock Township: Fire Chief Edward Switalski was fatally struck by a passing vehicle Wednesday while responding to a crash on Interstate 94, The Kalamazoo Gazette reports. MINNESOTA Balaton: Balatonbased tru Shrimp says it will open a $50 million commercial shrimp operation with production in Luverne and a Marshall hatchery. MISSISSIPPI Meridian: Rush Health Systems is cutting more than 100 employee spots because of lower reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and others. MISSOURI Jefferson City: The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating two police impersonation reports, KSDK-TV reports. MONTANA Whitefish: Glacier National Park saw its secondbusiest May on record last month with some 177,256 visitors. NEBRASKA Omaha: Nebraska is sending its first shipment of beef to China under an agreement that allowed the U.S. to resume exports after a 14-year hiatus. NEVADA Las Vegas: Nevada has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a bid by Texas to kickstart government funding and licensing toward burying radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain in the desert outside Las Vegas.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Waterville
Valley: The Waterville Valley Resort has secured funding to start phase two of its $7.5 million capital improvement plan.
NEW JERSEY Trenton: A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by lawmakers trying to stop Gov. Chris Christie’s $300 million statehouse renovation plan. NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: State Department Secretary Tom Church has asked engineers to look at how to improve motorist safety on U.S. 550, one of the state’s deadliest roads. NEW YORK Massapequa: A decades-long “good neighbor” policy that granted dozens of free beach passes to Russian diplomats and their families has come to an end in Oyster Bay. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Drivers bogging down traffic in the left lane in North Carolina could face a $200 fine under a bill that lawmakers are considering. NORTH DAKOTA Jamestown: Developers of a $240 million soybean processing plant near Spiritwood are seeking $120 million from new investors. OHIO Cincinnati: Some people questioned a church’s decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival. OKLAHOMA Muskogee: Voters in Muskogee County have approved extending a local sales tax for another decade. The Muskogee
Phoenix says roads and law enforcement split the funds. OREGON Eugene: Eugene Airport is on track to have 1 million passengers this year, a first, The
phia: A state appeals court has upheld the city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweet drinks.
RHODE ISLAND Provi
dence: Rhode Island has lifted its drought advisory. Officials credit significant rainfall this spring. SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: Wildlife offi- cials say nearly 4,900 people applied to hunt alligators this year, up some 300 from 2016. SOUTH DAKOTA Rapid City: The Air Force is holding another large-scale exercise June 27-29 in the Powder River Training Complex. Air Force officials say residents may hear sonic booms. TENNESSEE Greeneville: Church deacon Mark Curtis Adams, 55, has been indicted on two counts of production of child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. TEXAS Spring: Authorities making a burglary call at a suburban Houston home seized methamphetamines disguised as candy. UTAH Salt Lake City: Officials say many Utah residents lie about their medical conditions so they can avoid driving restrictions, The
Salt Lake Tribune reports. VERMONT Montpelier: Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill establishing a state ethics commission. VIRGINIA Charlottesville: A Ku Klux Klan chapter plans to protest removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. WASHINGTON Everett: Snohomish County officials warn the public against hiking on Mount Pilchuck unless they’re trained for steep snow conditions. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: West Virginia will get $11.6 million in federal funding for its wildlife programs. WISCONSIN Madison: Gov. Scott Walker is reviewing a bill to give legislators the power to reject costly administrative rules. WYOMING Cody: A group that was able to get insurance will stage a gunfight re-enactment show in Cody.