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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, re­ports. ALASKA Peters­burg: The largest ves­sel in the Alaska Marine fleet won’t re­turn to ser­vice un­til July 26, 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

Reg­is­ter-Guard re­ports.


phia: A state ap­peals court has up­held the city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweet drinks.


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.

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