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■ Car­rie Walls of Ash­burn, Va., re­ceived a Ford Ex­pe­di­tion and a $100,000 check af­ter win­ning the top prize in a Vir­ginia Lot­tery spe­cial draw­ing, say­ing the cash prize was par­tic­u­larly timely be­cause her hus­band is a fed­eral worker cur­rently fur­loughed in the U.S. gov­ern­ment shut­down.

■ Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, direc­tor of St. Louis Lambert In­ter­na­tional Air­port, praised fire­fight­ers who had to put out a blaze on a sloped roof in snowy con­di­tions as it forced the evac­u­a­tion of some peo­ple and closed a ter­mi­nal for about two hours.

■ Dar­ren Beams, a cap­tain in the Tuscaloosa Po­lice Depart­ment in Alabama, said a task force in­volv­ing agen­cies in west Alabama is reach­ing out to ed­u­cate the pub­lic, school­child­ren, hotel work­ers and prop­erty own­ers about hu­man traf­fick­ing, adding that lack of knowl­edge is not a de­fense.

■ Greg Sock­well, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer in Cal­houn City, Miss., is su­ing the city and its for­mer po­lice chief in fed­eral court over the loss of his job, say­ing he faced re­tal­i­a­tion af­ter an­swer­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call at his boss’s house.

■ Henry Clarence Lilly III, 49, and his wife, Bon­nie Beth Mills-Lilly, 42, face first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter charges af­ter they failed to pro­vide med­i­cal care for their 3-year-old daugh­ter, who died from can­cer af­ter a tu­mor grew to be 17 pounds, said au­thor­i­ties in Co­manche County, Okla.

■ Ray­mond Blanco, who was known as “first gen­tle­man” when his wife, Kath­leen Blanco, was Louisiana’s gov­er­nor, will be among the 2019 in­ductees into the state’s Po­lit­i­cal Hall of Fame, ac­cord­ing to news out­lets.

■ Johnathan Fair, 19, of Waukegan, Ill., faces a first-de­gree murder charge in the beat­ing death of his girl­friend’s 4-year-old daugh­ter af­ter she spilled juice on an Xbox video game con­sole, with prose­cu­tors say­ing they will seek a life sen­tence.

■ Robert Naiberg, the grand­fa­ther of a Wis­con­sin girl who es­caped three months af­ter, au­thor­i­ties say, a man killed her par­ents and kid­napped her, said 13-year-old Jayme Closs is “do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well for what she went through.”

■ Duane Sher­man of Cal­i­for­nia, a World War II vet­eran and Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ent, was given more than 50,000 cards and let­ters af­ter his daugh­ter, Sue Morse, asked in a Face­book post for cards for his 96th birth­day, later say­ing she wanted him to feel spe­cial but only ex­pected about 160 cards.

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