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ALABAMA Mont­gomery: The state is near­ing a dead­line to ex­plain how it plans to over­haul men­tal health care in Alabama pris­ons. A fed­eral judge has set Sept. 7 for a sta­tus con­fer­ence af­ter rul­ing in June that cur­rent psy­chi­atric care of in­mates is “hor­ren­dously in­ad­e­quate.”

ALASKA An­chor­age: A mag­ni­tude 4.0 earth­quake hit part of Alaska’s Aleu­tian Is­lands chain this week, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. There were no re­ports of in­juries or dam­age. ARIZONA

Phoenix: A Tempe woman was sen­tenced to 30 days in jail and three years of pro­ba­tion for cru­elty to an­i­mals. Mari­copa County pros­e­cu­tors say two of the six pets that Tif­fany Fa­jardo was paid to care for died while the own­ers were out of town and the other four needed med­i­cal care. ARKANSAS Hot

Springs: Face­book will do­nate vir­tual re­al­ity kits to ev­ery public high school in Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchin­son says the state and the so­cial me­dia giant are ex­pand­ing their TechS­tart Part­ner­ship that seeks to gen­er­ate in­ter­est in com­puter sci­ence ca­reers. CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Ac­tion: Au­thor­i­ties say mem­bers of the Golden Val­ley High School vol­ley­ball team had to evac­u­ate their school bus when it erupted in flames on the trip back home from a game, KABC-TV re­ports. Four pa­tients were ex­am­ined by paramedics. COLORADO Vail:

Vail Val­ley is on pace to set an­other lodg­ing rev­enue record this sum­mer, The Vail Daily re­ports. A study finds over­all oc­cu­pancy flat or slightly down com­pared to last year, but rev­enue in­creased as a re­sult of higher rates driven by de­mand. CON­NECTI­CUT

New Haven: The foun­da­tion that runs the Con­necti­cut Ten­nis Cen­ter has be­gun mar­ket­ing the 13,500-seat sta­dium as an ideal site for small con­ven­tions and busi­ness meet­ings. DELAWARE

Newark: State Po­lice are look­ing for an armed man who robbed a truck driver at the Delaware House Ser­vice Area on Aug. 5. The sus­pect fled on foot. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

Se­cu­rity video shows two District of Columbia po­lice of­fi­cers danc­ing and ques­tion­ing the sex­u­al­ity of a bur­glary vic­tim. WRC-TV re­ports that an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing into the of­fi­cers’ con­duct. FLORIDA

Stu­art: A child was bit­ten by a shark last week­end in Florida, The Palm Beach Post re­ports. The in­ci­dent oc­curred off Bath­tub Reef Beach, about 45 miles north of West Palm Beach. GE­OR­GIA

At­lanta: The sta­dium that served for years as Turner Field for Ma­jor League Base­ball’s At­lanta Braves af­ter a stint as Cen­ten­nial Olympic Sta­dium now has a new name as a col­lege foot­ball home: Ge­or­gia State Sta­dium. HAWAII Honolulu:

Hawaii’s largest health care com­pa­nies are join­ing forces to help the state’s grow­ing home­less pop­u­la­tion with med­i­cal care, the Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ports. IDAHO

Sand­point: A re­sponse plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River, The Bon­ner County Daily Bee re­ports. The plan iden­ti­fies at-risk re­sources such as wa­ter in­takes and wet­lands. ILLI­NOIS

Chicago: School of­fi­cials say Chicago’s po­lice tor­ture scan­dal from the 1970s to the early 1990s will be part of the cur­ricu­lum for 8th and 10th graders. Two years ago, mil­lions of dol­lars in repa­ra­tions were paid

to black vic­tims who were co­erced into con­fess­ing to crimes they didn’t com­mit. IN­DI­ANA

Whit­ing: The city’s park director re­signed af­ter plead­ing guilty to a fed­eral mis­de­meanor of help­ing an out-of-state man in­volved in dog­fight­ing. The (North­west In­di­ana) Times re­ports that Martin Jakubowski ad­mit­ted pro­vid­ing two pit bull­type dogs and hous­ing for dogs at city an­i­mal shel­ters. IOWA

Des Moines: A for­mer prison nurse says Iowa’s cor­rec­tions agency dis­crim­i­nated against him be­cause he’s trans­gen­der. His law­suit filed in Polk County is the first trans­gen­der rights case since the Iowa Civil Rights Act was amended in 2007 to in­clude gen­der iden­tity and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. KANSAS

Lawrence: A Kansas farmer hopes to at­tract vis­i­tors to his sun­flower plot over the La­bor Day week­end, The Lawrence Jour­nal-World re­ports. Ge­orge Hun­singer’s six-acre plot has gray mam­moth sun­flow­ers grow­ing up to 12 feet tall, and Pere­dovik sun­flow­ers grow­ing up to 6 feet tall. KEN­TUCKY

Frank­fort: An in­de­pen­dent con­sult­ing group says Ken­tucky law­mak­ers should take away some cost-of-liv­ing raises awarded to state re­tirees over the past 20 years. LOUISIANA

Ba­ton Rouge: A man who con­fronted bur­glars at­tempt­ing to break into his wife’s ve­hi­cle in East Ba­ton Rouge Par­ish was shot, The Ad­vo­cate re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say two sus­pects ran from the scene. MAINE

Cam­den: Po­lice are search­ing for a man who tried to break into an ar­mored truck while wear­ing a yel­low haz­mat suit and a tight black mask, WABI-TV re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say the man fled into nearby woods. MARY­LAND

Hy­attsville: U.S. Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Elaine Chao and Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan have signed an agree­ment to build a 16-mile light rail project in the traf­fic-con­gested Mary­land sub­urbs of Wash­ing­ton. MAS­SACHUSETTS

Spring­field: Peter Pan Bus Lines says it’s

end­ing its part­ner­ship with Grey­hound. The Spring­field-based com­pany says the change, ef­fec­tive Sept. 27, will en­able more ex­press ser­vice. MICHI­GAN

Mack­inac Is­land: Some tourism busi­nesses on Mack­inac Is­land say they’re fac­ing a se­vere worker short­age be­cause of a drop in fed­eral visas. The is­land has de­pended on for­eign work­ers to fill sum­mer jobs for decades. MIN­NESOTA

Mankato: A heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent gave a teddy bear with a record­ing of her heart­beat to the fam­ily of her or­gan donor. Alyssa San­deen re­ceived Kate Leek­ley’s heart in a trans­plant af­ter Leek­ley died in a 2013 car crash, the Mankato Free Press re­ports. MIS­SIS­SIPPI

Lucedale: Two peo­ple are ac­cused of tat­too­ing with­out a li­cense in Mis­sis­sippi’s Ge­orge County, WLOX-TV re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­spond­ing to com­plaints of il­le­gal tat­toos also found stolen prop­erty and il­le­gal drugs. MISSOURI

St. Louis: At least 580 Missouri state gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees have taken ad­van­tage of paid parental leave since Gov. Eric Gre­it­ens signed an or­der that pro­vides the ben­e­fit, St. Louis Public Ra­dio re­ports. MON­TANA

Billings: The Mon­tana Supreme Court has over­turned a lower court rul­ing that Billings owes 27 cur­rent and for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers $2.7 mil­lion in back pay and penal­ties. NEBRASKA

Louisville: For­mer Univer­sity of Nebraska Med­i­cal Cen­ter Chan­cel­lor Harold Mau­rer re­tired three years ago. Now, at age 80, he’s back at work part-time as a pe­di­a­tri­cian, The Omaha World-Herald re­ports. NE­VADA


Open­ing week classes were can­celed at the Gram­mar No. 2 school in Elko af­ter of­fi­cials de­ter­mined that a bat stuck in the build­ing had ra­bies, The Elko Daily Free Press re­ports. NEW HAMP­SHIRE Hen­niker:

Three months af­ter New Eng­land Col­lege cel­e­brated its largest grad­u­at­ing class in its 70-year his­tory, the school wel­comed its largest in­com­ing class ever. More than 490 new stu­dents started classes Mon­day at the Hen­niker cam­pus. NEW JERSEY

Pas­saic: State of­fi­cials re­voked the med­i­cal li­cense of Alex Blanco, a for­mer

Pas­saic mayor now serv­ing a prison term for tak­ing $110,000 in bribes. The state Board of Med­i­cal Ex­am­in­ers de­ter­mined that the po­di­a­trist’s ac­tions con­sti­tuted a “crime in­volv­ing moral turpi­tude.” NEW MEX­ICO

Farm­ing­ton: The ousted su­per­in­ten­dent for Navajo Head Start says she was il­le­gally dis­missed last month, The Daily Times re­ports. Sharon Singer filed a griev­ance al­leg­ing that her re­moval vi­o­lated tribal law. Head of schools Tommy Lewis Jr. says an au­dit shows fi­nan­cial abuse by Singer. NEW YORK

New York: The head of Metro-North’s big­gest union says he’ll ask mem­bers to au­tho­rize a strike to protest con­tract dis­putes with the New York com­muter rail­road, the Jour­nal News re­ports. The union rep­re­sents con­duc­tors and en­gi­neers on a line used by about 280,000 com­muters a day. NORTH CAROLINA

Char­lotte: A law­suit ac­cuses the Char­lotte School of Law of de­fraud­ing tax­pay­ers out of $285 mil­lion by ad­mit­ting un­qual­i­fied stu­dents, then ma­nip­u­lat­ing records to keep them en­rolled, The Char­lotte Ob­server re­ports. NORTH DAKOTA

Minot: Scan­di­na­vian folk art classes will be of­fered dur­ing the an­nual Norsk Host­fest at the State Fair­grounds in Minot in late Septem­ber, The Minot Daily News re­ports. OHIO West

Ch­ester: A fundrais­ing gala is set for Sept. 23 for the Na­tional Voice of Amer­ica Mu­seum of Broad­cast­ing in Ohio. The VOA’s Bethany Sta­tion trans­mit­ted news into Europe start­ing in 1944, and later into South Amer­ica be­fore it was de­com­mis­sioned in 1994. OK­LA­HOMA Wyn­newood:

PETA of­fi­cials say they have safety con­cerns about 19 tigers that the Greater Wyn­newood An­i­mal Park re­cently ac­quired from a Florida zoo, The Ok­la­homan re­ports. PETA wants them moved to a wildlife refuge in Colorado. ORE­GON

Eugene: The widow of a man who died a day af­ter a non-car­diac chest pain di­ag­no­sis is seek­ing $10 mil­lion in a law­suit against McKen­zie-Wil­lamette Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Spring­field and other care providers. The suit says Aaron Martineau died from a tear in the wall of a main heart artery. PENN­SYL­VA­NIA


A man is su­ing health in­surer Aetna, say­ing his sis­ter learned he was tak­ing HIV medicine af­ter the com­pany mailed him an enve- lope that al­lowed her to see in­for­ma­tion on where to pur­chase the drugs. RHODE IS­LAND

Prov­i­dence: Mayor Jorge Elorza wants to bor­row at least $200 mil­lion over the next 10 years to fund re­pairs at city schools, WPRI-TV re­ports. City Coun­cil­woman Jo-Ann Ryan says the mayor’s plan would need to be vet­ted by the City Council, but ap­pears to be re­spon­si­ble. SOUTH CAROLINA

Columbia: The state’s Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing chap­ter says South Carolina’s DUI laws are tilted in fa­vor of peo­ple who drive un­der the in­flu­ence. MADD says the law’s de­tailed re­quire­ments on video­tap­ing traf­fic stops of­ten leads to plead­ing DUI cases down to reck­less driv­ing. SOUTH DAKOTA

Pierre: A South Dakota game sur­vey de­ter­mined that the sum­mer drought in­ten­si­fied the state’s de­clin­ing pheas­ant pop­u­la­tion. The sur­vey shows a 45% de­cline statewide in pheas­ants per mile, com­pared to 2016. TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis:

The Or­pheum Theatre in Mem­phis has can­celed a long-run­ning screen­ing of Gone With the Wind be­cause of racially in­sen­si­tive con­tent in the clas­sic 1939 film. TEXAS Houston:

Au­thor­i­ties moved nearly 6,000 Texas in­mates from six pris­ons to other in­sti­tu­tions this week be­cause of trop­i­cal storm Har­vey. The ris­ing Bra­zos River forced many of the trans­fers. UTAH

Salt Lake City: A state strat­egy to curb vi­o­lence and drug traf­fick­ing in a Salt Lake City neigh­bor­hood near an over­crowded down­town home­less shel­ter will cost $67 mil­lion over two years. The ef­fort in­cludes a stepped-up po­lice pres­ence, drug treat­ment and job train­ing and place­ment. VER­MONT

Rut­land: Of­fi­cials are re­view­ing op­tions to pro­tect a wa­ter main af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that Ver­mont Rail­way built a sid­ing over the line. The Rut­land Herald re­ports that new rail­road tracks were dis­cov­ered about two months ago run­ning over a man­hole cover. VIR­GINIA

Rich­mond: A fed­eral judge says Vir­ginia pris­ons must rec­og­nize the Na­tion of Gods and Earths, also known as the Five Per­centers, as a re­li­gion and al­low its fol­low­ers to con­gre­gate. The Na­tion of Is­lam off­shoot has been con­sid­ered a black su­prem­a­cist gang by state prison of­fi­cials. WASH­ING­TON Port

An­ge­les: Au­thor­i­ties hoisted a man by he­li­copter from the side of a cliff af­ter he fell near Port An­ge­les on the Olympic Penin­sula. The Coast Guard says the man was taken to Seat­tle’s Har­borview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where he was in sta­ble con­di­tion. WEST VIR­GINIA

Charleston: State of­fi­cials say 13 coun­ties are more than 90 days past due on pay­ments to house in­mates at West Vir­ginia’s re­gional jails. The Charleston Gazette-Mail re­ports that the late bills to­tal around $5.5 mil­lion. WIS­CON­SIN

Madi­son: Sec­re­tary Cathy Stepp of the Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is re­sign­ing to work for the EPA. Gov. Scott Walker praises Stepp as a strong re­former. But en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists say her at­tempt to scut­tle Wis­con­sin Nat­u­ral Re­sources mag­a­zine was a move to si­lence a voice pro­mot­ing sci­ence. WY­OMING

Cheyenne: The owner of a Cheyenne build­ing filed a law­suit against the state over rent pay­ment. Wy­oming rented tem­po­rary of­fices while the state Capi­tol com­plex is ren­o­vated. The build­ing ’s own­ers say they’re owed $930,000.

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