USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - From staff and wire re­ports

ALABAMA Tar­rant: Po­lice say Cyn­thia Kay Lord took a BMW and sev­eral other cars for test drives and never re­turned them to the deal­er­ships.

ALASKA Homer: Ke­nai Penin­sula Bor­ough’s pol­icy on as­sem­bly meet­ing prayer vi­o­lates the state con­sti­tu­tion, a court has ruled.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: A Tempe man was sen­tenced to 4 1⁄ years in prison

2 for us­ing dead peo­ple’s credit cards.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Editor and TV colum­nist Michael Storey, known for a hu­mor col­umn fea­tur­ing a cat, died at his home. He was 69.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Sacra­mento: Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla says he doesn’t yet know if any of the roughly 1,500 peo­ple mis­tak­enly reg­is­tered to vote cast bal­lots in June.

COLORADO Long­mont: United Power hopes a large Tesla bat­tery be­ing in­stalled in north­ern Colorado will save it up to $1 mil­lion a year.

CON­NECTI­CUT New Haven: A city fire­fighter is on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter col­leagues found him un­re­spon­sive in a sta­tion.

DELAWARE Dover: The Board of Par­dons will hear a com­mu­ta­tion re­quest from a man serv­ing 35 years for a mur­der com­mit­ted when he was 17.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A for­mer aide to the mayor will pay $3,000 to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that she used govern­ment staff as babysit­ters.

FLORIDA Gainesville: Ju­rors awarded $25 mil­lion to the par­ents of a Uni­ver­sity of Florida stu­dent who was killed by a garbage truck.

GE­OR­GIA Fayet­teville: The di­rec­tor of Fayette County’s 911 cen­ter quit amid al­le­ga­tions of abu­sive be­hav­ior.

HAWAII Honolulu: A hos­pi­tal that cares for Hawai­ian monk seals made what the di­rec­tor called a “bazil­lion” butt-di­aled calls when a gecko perched on a phone.

IDAHO Lewis­ton: Two news­pa­per car­ri­ers said they were shot at while de­liv­er­ing pa­pers early Mon­day.

ILLI­NOIS Waukegan: A 4-foot-long al­li­ga­tor dumped into Lake Michi­gan with its mouth held closed by rub­ber bands has been res­cued.

IN­DI­ANA South Bend: Jan­ice Cervelli abruptly quit af­ter two years as pres­i­dent of St. Mary’s Col­lege.

IOWA Des Moines: The city’s pan­han­dling law has been re­pealed.

KANSAS Wi­chita: A mid­dle school asked par­ents to be sure their chil­dren aren’t bring­ing “happy crack” – Kool-Aid mixed with su­gar or crushed Smar­ties – to school.

KEN­TUCKY Wil­liamstown: A me­dieval knight re-en­ac­tor died af­ter he im­paled him­self with his lance dur­ing a per­for­mance.

LOUISIANA Mon­roe: A man who called 911 to re­port an ax at­tack was found un­hurt and with meth that he says was planted by a ghost.

MAINE Au­gusta: Al­most half of Maine’s homi­cides are caused by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, the state says.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: In­terim Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gary Tug­gle won’t seek the post per­ma­nently.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Mid­dle­ton: Of­fi­cials at the Es­sex North Shore Agri­cul­tural & Tech­ni­cal School are look­ing for a shorter nick­name to use in ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: A Detroit man whose mur­der con­vic­tion was erased af­ter he served 15 years in prison has filed a $75 mil­lion law­suit against po­lice.

MIN­NESOTA Rosemount: A teacher re­signed af­ter a mes­sage al­legedly ap­peared on her Twit­ter ac­count sug­gest­ing some­one should as­sas­si­nate Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI De Kalb: Com­mer­cial kitchen equip­ment maker Nokomis is ex­pand­ing and will add 12 jobs.

MIS­SOURI Spring­field: A for­mer state trooper was given seven years in fed­eral prison with­out pa­role for tak­ing and trans­mit­ting sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­tos of a 17-year-old.

MON­TANA Butte: Mon­tana Tech chan­cel­lor Don Black­ket­ter will re­tire at the end of the school year.

NE­BRASKA Omaha: The Omaha World-Herald’s re­porters and ed­i­tors have voted to form a union.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: Tight races for gov­er­nor and the U.S. Se­nate have pushed a record num­ber of Ne­vadans to reg­is­ter to vote.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Clare­mont: The school board is con­sid­er­ing hir­ing a col­lec­tion agency to man­age $32,000 in un­paid lunch bills.

NEW JER­SEY Mantoloking: The state is work­ing on a plan to bet­ter pro­tect its coast and in­land wa­ter­ways from sea level rise and storms.

NEW MEX­ICO Santa Fe: Spend­ing has ac­cel­er­ated in the gov­er­nor’s race, with Demo­crat Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham rais­ing sub­stan­tially more than Repub­li­can Steve Pearce.

NEW YORK New York: Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight peo­ple with his truck want the death penalty ruled out be­cause Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was “un­in­formed and full of rage” when he urged it.

NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill: The Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina sys­tem is chang­ing the way it hires chan­cel­lors to re­quire con­fi­den­tial­ity and no pub­lic dis­clo­sure of can­di­dates.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court rul­ing that means the state can con­tinue to re­quire vot­ers to pro­vide a street ad­dress.

OHIO Cleve­land: The Navy has des­ig­nated a new ship as the USS Cleve­land.

OK­LA­HOMA Tulsa: The state Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana Author­ity has re­ceived nearly 600 ap­pli­ca­tions for dis­pen­saries.

ORE­GON Port­land: A woman who says a Fred Meyer store failed to re­move a cam­era aimed into a dress­ing room has sued the chain.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Al­len­town: Sev- enty-one bea­gles were re­moved from a cramped house where of­fi­cials say a woman bred them with­out a li­cense be­fore she died last month.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: A fed­eral me­di­a­tor was un­able Tues­day to re­solve a school bus driv­ers strike.

SOUTH CAROLINA York: Po­lice are search­ing for Dion­dra C. Love, a pro­bate court judge can­di­date ac­cused of punch­ing her hus­band in the eye.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: TCF Bank is clos­ing its op­er­a­tions cen­ter in Sioux Falls, af­fect­ing 145 work­ers.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: The state has de­nied a re­quest by killer Ed­mund Zagorski to use the elec­tric chair when it ex­e­cutes him Thurs­day.

TEXAS Austin: State Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Sid Miller backs the Sons of Con­fed­er­ate Veter­ans’ lat­est bid to sell spe­cialty li­cense plates.

UTAH Salt Lake City: The pres­i­dent of the Mor­mon church has re­it­er­ated that he wants ev­ery­one to use the faith’s full name, say­ing nick­names are “a ma­jor vic­tory for Satan.”

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: The Ver­mont Supreme Court will soon hear cases at Proc­tor Ju­nior Se­nior High School.

VIR­GINIA Lex­ing­ton: Wash­ing­ton and Lee Uni­ver­sity will re­place some por­traits of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton and Robert E. Lee in uni­form with ones show­ing them in civil­ian cloth­ing.

WASH­ING­TON Spokane: The city is spend­ing $450,000 to at­tract peo­ple and busi­nesses to move from Seat­tle.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: West Vir­ginia will tax most in­ter­net re­tail sales start­ing Jan. 1.

WIS­CON­SIN Appleton: Man­ishku­mar Pa­tel, 45, was sen­tenced to 22 years in prison af­ter be­ing con­victed of spik­ing his preg­nant girl­friend’s drink with an abor­tion-in­duc­ing drug.

WY­OMING Pow­ell: A woman faces charges af­ter pros­e­cu­tors say she mis­tak­enly texted a po­lice of­fi­cer in her search for metham­phetamine.

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