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ALABAMA Greenville: This Alabama city has signed a deal to buy its lo­cal hos­pi­tal from Ten­nessee-based Quo­rum Health. No price was dis­closed for the 72-bed L.V. Stabler Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

ALASKA An­chor­age: Po­lice say three peo­ple are dead in shoot­ings at a shop that buys and sells pre­cious me­tals, and a sus­pect was later taken into cus­tody, KTUU-TV re­ports.

ARI­ZONA Tuc­son: The Univer­sity of Ari­zona is push­ing early flu vac­ci­na­tions af­ter nearly 100 cases of flu-like ill­ness were re­ported since stu­dents re­turned to school. Of­fi­cials say at least 37 of the re­ported cases were con­firmed as flu.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Pros­e­cu­tors say two po­lice of­fi­cers who fa­tally shot a man in Lit­tle Rock’s down­town en­ter­tain­ment district in March won’t face crim­i­nal charges, The Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties say Michael Horni­brook pointed a hand­gun at the of­fi­cers.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Ana­heim: The city has de­clared an emer­gency over a grow­ing home­less pop­u­la­tion liv­ing along a riverbed trail used for bik­ing, jog­ging and horse­back rid­ing, The Orange County Reg­is­ter re­ports. The goal is to dis­cour­age oth­ers from set­tling along the Santa Ana River trail.

COLORADO Colorado Springs: A woman has pleaded guilty to cast­ing a vote in her de­ceased mother’s name, The Gazette re­ports. Sair­ilu Sosa-Sanchez was sen­tenced to 60 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: The new CEO of the Mo­he­gan Sun’s par­ent com­pany says the casino will con­tinue ex­pand­ing its nongam­bling ameni­ties. The com­pany is owned by the Mo­he­gan Tribe.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: A Wilm­ing­ton cou­ple and a home­im­prove­ment con­trac­tor have been en­gaged in a five-year le­gal dis­pute. SC&A Con­struc­tion claims that City Trea­surer Velda Jones-Pot­ter and her hus­band, state law­maker Charles Pot­ter Jr., owe the firm money. The Pot­ters al­lege botched work.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two un­re­lated sin­gle-car crashes last week­end in sub­ur­ban Wash­ing­ton that left three peo­ple dead.

FLORIDA Tal­la­has­see: Au­thor­i­ties ex­pect it will take weeks to fully as­sess dam­age to Florida’s cit­rus, sugar cane and veg­etable crops from Hur­ri­cane Irma. Some big un­knowns in­clude how much more peo­ple might have to pay for orange juice.

GE­OR­GIA Gainesville: A Ge­or­gia in­mate re­mains at large af­ter es­cap­ing from a hos­pi­tal where he was taken for an emer­gency med­i­cal pro­ce­dure. Steven Smith was be­ing held on mul­ti­ple felony charges, in­clud­ing firearms and drug charges.

HAWAII Hilo: The fam­ily of an 8-year-old Hawaii girl who died in 2012 will get $850,000 to set­tle a med­i­cal mal­prac­tice case against Bay Clinic, Hawaii News Now re­ports. Rienda Supu died af­ter a cut on her leg be­came in­fected with staph and strep bacteria.

IDAHO Boise: An os­prey tan­gled in twine atop an Idaho nest­ing pole was cut loose by util­ity work­ers. An an­gler alerted the util­ity to the trapped os­prey af­ter see­ing the young bird’s par­ents cir­cling over­head.

ILLI­NOIS Ur­bana: The Univer­sity of Illi­nois flag­ship cam­pus at Ur­bana-Cham­paign has re­ported record fall en­roll­ment of 47,826 un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: A new

state law that lets some epilep­tics use a mar­i­juana-de­rived oil for treat­ment spurred a tem­po­rary crack­down that made it more dif­fi­cult to get the rem­edy, The

In­di­anapo­lis Star re­ports.

IOWA Waverly: The Waverly City Coun­cil has de­cided that the re­place­ment for a his­toric bridge will be de­signed only for pedes­tri­ans, The Water­loo-Cedar Falls Courier re­ports. The new Cedar River cross­ing will cost an es­ti­mated $1.4 mil­lion.

KANSAS Man­hat­tan: The state has ex­tended the Na­tive Stone Scenic By­way from less than 50 miles to 75 miles and added land­marks in Man­hat­tan and Ri­ley coun­ties, The Man­hat­tan Mer­cury re­ports. The road now in­cludes the Un­der­ground Rail­road his­tory of Mount Mitchell Her­itage Prairie.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: The Ken­tucky Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended higher fees for most hunt­ing and fish­ing li­censes. Un­der the pro­posal, hunt­ing li­censes would in­crease by $7 to $27 and fish­ing li­censes would in­crease by $3 to $23.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: Louisiana is bor­row­ing $341 mil­lion to re­fill an ac­count that pays for state-fi­nanced con­struc­tion work. The debt will be paid over 20 years with a 2.9% in­ter­est rate.

MAINE Au­gusta: A leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee wants to boost Maine’s recre­ational mar­i­juana sales tax to 20%, al­low drive-thru sales and let med­i­cal mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries op­er­ate for a profit.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: The words “Racist An­them” were painted on a down­town Bal­ti­more mon­u­ment to Fran­cis Scott Key, the man who wrote the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner, The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ports.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Prov­i­dence­town: A marine res­cue team at the Cen­ter for Coastal Stud­ies res­cued a hump­back whale that was stuck in fish­ing gear off Cape Cod. Au­thor­i­ties say the whale swam away af­ter it was re­leased.

MICHI­GAN Pon­tiac: Po­lice have re­cov­ered about 20 of 32 re­called diesel Volk­wa­gens that were stolen from the park­ing lot of the closed Pon­tiac Sil­ver­dome. Of­fi­cials say the cars were given fake Michi­gan ti­tles, shipped to In­di­ana and sold at auc­tion.

MIN­NESOTA Min­neapo­lis: The Min­nesota Supreme Court says part of a dis­or­derly con­duct law that bars peo­ple from dis­turb­ing

pub­lic meet­ings is un­con­sti­tu­tional. The rul­ing comes in the case of a Lit­tle Falls woman who was es­corted from a City Coun­cil meet­ing when she re­fused to sit in the gallery.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Merid­ian: Mayor Percy Bland says the City Coun­cil may dis­cuss re­mov­ing the state flag from dis­play on mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty when it meets next week. Bland tells The Merid­ian Star that he thinks the flag, which fea­tures the Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle em­blem, is di­vi­sive.

MIS­SOURI Jef­fer­son City: The state trea­surer says Mis­souri’s em­ployee re­tire­ment plan is un­der­funded by more than $5 bil­lion. Trea­surer Eric Sch­mitt cites un­re­al­is­ti­cally high ex­pec­ta­tions of in­vest­ment earn­ings and ex­pen­sive in­vest­ment fees.

MON­TANA He­lena: Wild­fire smoke and the danger of new fires prompted fed­eral wildlife man­agers to post­pone the an­nual roundup at the Na­tional Bi­son Range in Mon­tana. The roundup had been set for Oct. 2-3. No new date has been set.

NE­BRASKA Water­loo: Mayor Jean Stothert says Omaha is con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of an­nex­ing Water­loo, The Omaha World-Her­ald re­ports. But Water­loo Vil­lage Board Chair­man Travis Har­low says its 850 res­i­dents would ob­ject to be­ing ab­sorbed by Omaha.

NE­VADA Hen­der­son: Clark County au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ap­par­ent hack­ing of a Hen­der­son high school’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count. Foothill High School’s Twit­ter page showed tweets that in­cluded an­ar­chist sym­bols, taunts and of­fen­sive mes­sages to­ward staff.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Nashua: A judge has al­lowed a New Hamp­shire law to take ef­fect that re­quires vot­ers who move to the state within 30 days of an elec­tion to pro­vide proof that they in­tend to stay. But the judge blocked the penal­ties for fraud as too se­vere.

NEW JER­SEY Ne­wark: Three cus­toms of­fi­cers at Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port are ac­cused of us­ing a “rape ta­ble” to haze two of their col­leagues. Au­thor­i­ties say se­nior of­fi­cers threw newer of­fi­cers on a ta­ble and be­gan grind­ing against their gen­i­tal ar­eas.

NEW MEX­ICO Alam­ogordo:

Hol­lo­man Air Force Base of­fi­cials say some flight train­ing ar­eas need to be ex­panded and re­lo­cated. The changes would have jets fly­ing over sparsely pop­u­lated ar­eas that aren’t used now for

that pur­pose. F-16s are be­ing moved to Hol­lo­man from a Utah base that will get F-35s.

NEW YORK Al­bany: The state says it will dis­trib­ute $200,000 for six projects to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and recre­ational ac­cess in the Mo­hawk River wa­ter­shed. Projects in­clude sta­bi­liz­ing a 200-foot sec­tion of Nine­mile Creek and im­prov­ing a Mo­hawk River pub­lic ac­cess site at Aqueduct Park.

NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill: The Univer­sity of North Carolina has re­ceived its largest sin­gle do­na­tion for the per­form­ing arts. The $12 mil­lion en­dow­ment from Chapel Hill phi­lan­thropist Joan Gillings will go to the univer­sity’s Play­Mak­ers Reper­tory Com­pany and Depart­ment of Dra­matic Art.

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: North Dakota State Univer­sity has bro­ken ground on a $39.5 mil­lion res­i­dence hall. The six-story,

440-bed dorm will be the first new res­i­dence hall at the school since 2008. It’s ex­pected to open in fall

2019.

OHIO New Philadel­phia: The Tus­carawas

County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice auc­tioned a

1920s-era

Thomp­son sub­ma­chine gun for $90,000, The New Philadel­phia Times Re­porter re­ports. The buyer was anony­mous. The gun had an ap­praised value of $37,000.

OK­LA­HOMA Clare­more: The re­mains of an Air Force of­fi­cer from Ok­la­homa who was de­clared miss­ing in ac­tion dur­ing the Viet­nam War have been iden­ti­fied through DNA anal­y­sis, The Clare­more Daily Progress re­ports. Col. Ron­ald Scott will be hon­ored with a grave­side ser­vice in Wood­lawn Ceme­tery on Sept. 22.

ORE­GON Cor­val­lis: A man who se­ri­ously in­jured his 7-year-old son in a lawn-mow­ing ac­ci­dent was sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion and or­dered to un­dergo al­co­hol treat­ment. Au­thor­i­ties say Peter Mc­Manus was in­tox­i­cated April 3 when the mower hit some­thing. The boy, sit­ting on the hood, fell and his foot was sev­ered.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Phil

adel­phia: An arts group in­stalled a sculp­ture of an

Afro pick near a statue of for­mer Philadel­phia Mayor

Frank Rizzo. Mu­ral Arts Philadel­phia says the work, fea­tur­ing a black han­dle with a clenched fist, high­lights “re­sis­tance to op­pres­sion.” The Rizzo statue has been the sub­ject of protests.

RHODE IS­LAND Cranston: Of­fi­cials plan to as­sist work­ers af­fected by the clos­ing of New Eng­land re­tail chain Benny’s. The com­pany will close all 31 stores by the end of the year, WPRI-TV re­ports. The state Depart­ment of La­bor and Train­ing is of­fer­ing help in seek­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits and find­ing other jobs.

SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: A river­side restau­rant in this South Carolina coastal city is un­scathed fol­low­ing flood­ing and a fire in a stor­age room. Of­fi­cials said the fire at the Cal­i­for­nia Dream­ing restau­rant was likely re­lated to flood­ing caused by Hur­ri­cane Irma. The wa­ter came in con­tact with elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

SOUTH DAKOTA Hot Springs: A South Dakota wild­fire sparked by light­ning on Mon­day grew to 1,000 acres by mid­week. About 85 fire­fight­ers were bat­tling the blaze at Wind Cave Na­tional Park, The Rapid City Jour­nal re­ports.

TEN­NESSEE Gal­latin: Three Gal­latin High School stu­dents were ar­rested and face school dis­ci­plinary ac­tion af­ter post­ing a fake shoot­ing threat on so­cial me­dia. The in­ci­dent prompted ex­tra se­cu­rity on the cam­pus Tues­day.

TEXAS Port Arthur: Of­fi­cials say barges out­fit­ted with liv­ing quar­ters will pro­vide tem­po­rary homes for up to 600 Port Arthur res­i­dents dis­placed by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. Mayor Der­rick Free­man says the barge ameni­ties will in­clude three meals a day, plus laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

UTAH Lo­gan: Utah State Univer­sity of­fi­cials con­firm that the school is un­der Jus­tice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a string of sex­ual as­sault cases. The Utah States­man, the univer­sity’s stu­dent-run news­pa­per, first re­ported on the Ti­tle IX com­pli­ance review on Mon­day.

VER­MONT West Glover: The An­der­son­ville Farm is of­fer­ing a re­ward to help find the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for spray paint­ing racist, anti-Semitic graf­fiti on a barn. The van­dal­ism oc­curred around Sept. 8. The re­ward has grown to al­most $5,000.

VIR­GINIA Lex­ing­ton: The board of Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute has de­cided the school will keep its Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues but will con­sider adding more his­tor­i­cal con­text, such as a plaque hon­or­ing the school’s cadets who fought and died for the Union, The Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch re­ports. The stat­ues honor Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jack­son and VMI cadets who fought and died for the Con­fed­er­acy.

WASH­ING­TON Spokane: The county’s Repub­li­can com­mis­sion­ers have voted to let Demo­cratic Gov. Jay Inslee fill a va­cant seat af­ter they dead­locked. GOP precinct of­fi­cials in Spokane County nom­i­nated three peo­ple for the va­cancy, but the com­mis­sion­ers opted to let Inslee choose, The Spokesman-Review re­ports.

WEST VIR­GINIA Whit­man:

West Vir­ginia lost two of its 22 elk this week in a col­li­sion with an am­bu­lance. Au­thor­i­ties say an elk and a calf jumped over the me­dian on U.S. 119 and col­lided with the am­bu­lance, which wasn’t car­ry­ing any pa­tients. The two am­bu­lance per­son­nel weren’t hurt.

WIS­CON­SIN Madison: Gov. Scott Walker, on a trade mis­sion this week to Ja­pan and South Korea, says “the is­sue of North Korea is on the minds of just about ev­ery­one we talk to.” He also says peo­ple are con­cerned about con­tin­u­ing free trade with the Unites States.

WY­OMING Buf­falo: State law­mak­ers will con­sider a bill to levy a 1% tax on all hos­pi­tal­ity-re­lated busi­nesses. Un­der the plan, the rev­enue will fund the state tourism of­fice, The Casper Star-Tri­bune re­ports. The tax would make the Wy­oming Of­fice of Tourism self-suf­fi­cient.

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