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ALABAMA Moulton: State police say a woman was killed when her car struck a cow and overturned. A passenger in Kimberly Adams Hood’s car sustained minor injuries in the crash last week.

ALASKA Anchorage: Federal regulators have conditiona­lly approved explorator­y drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. Environmen­tal groups object to Arctic offshore drilling, citing potential spills.

ARIZONA Phoenix: The main range of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s flagship shooting facility will be closed to the public for two weeks for improvemen­ts, Aug. 14- 29.

ARKANSAS Little Rock: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock plans to conduct a study on whether the school should add a football and marching band program. A student petition seeking a football program received 1,000 signatures.

CALIFORNIA San Diego: Health authoritie­s say a fifth person has died in San Diego County’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. The outbreak that started last November has grown among the homeless population, The Union- Tribune reports.

COLORADO Denver: A profession­al bicyclist who resigned from his team after admitting to firing a gun while on a training ride has taken a plea deal. KUSATV reports that Danny Summerhill pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct — discharge of a weapon.

CONNECTICU­T Granby: Police say a man was apparently walking a farm animal between fields when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. The Hartford Courant reports that the ox was not seriously hurt.

DELAWARE Smyrna: The town council has launched an investigat­ion into Smyrna’s police department, The News Journal reports. Police Chief Norman Wood was the subject of a noconfiden­ce vote by the Fraternal Order of Police in June 2016.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Smithsonia­n National Zoo in Washington has a new cat: a Sumatran tiger cub. The zoo’s 8- year- old Sumatran tiger Damai gave birth to the cub last week.

FLORIDA Marathon: A stash of cocaine hidden in a Cookie Monster doll landed a Florida man in jail on a drug charge. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says Camus McNair was arrested after a traffic stop in the Florida Keys.

GEORGIA Savannah: Police conducted a four- day operation targeting illegal guns and convicted felons, netting 27 arrests, The Savannah Morning News reports.

HAWAII Honolulu: A U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee was bitten several times by a monk seal while swimming at Midway Atoll. The swimmer was in ocean that’s open for recreation­al use. But the area is adjacent to a closed beach where a mother seal was nursing her pup.

IDAHO Pocatello: The city is looking at designs for a new flag, and a Pocatello committee is recommendi­ng one with three red mountain peaks and a compass, along with gold and blue colors.

ILLINOIS Springfiel­d: The state has given human resources offices in Illinois the informatio­n they need to start deducting more from workers’ paychecks, The Chicago Tribune reports. Lawmakers raised the individual income tax rate to 4.95%, up from 3.75%. INDIANA Daleville: Authoritie­s seized dozens of animals from an Indiana farm where numerous animal carcasses also were found,

The Star Press reports. Officials say about 50 goats, nine calves and a pig were removed and put in the care of Muncie animal services.

IOWA Iowa City: The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics says it accidental­ly posted online the names, admission dates and medical records numbers of around 5,300 current and former patients for two years. An online security expert reported the posting April 29.

KANSAS Lakin: A bobcat caused a power outage last week near Lakin, The Wichita Eagle reports. The animal came into contact with a pair of electrifie­d lines and died immediatel­y.

KENTUCKY Frankfort: The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a proposal from Duke Energy to build three solar power facilities in Kenton and Grant counties.

LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: Louisiana’s health insurer for 230,000 state workers, teachers, retirees and their families has scrapped plans to charge smokers more for coverage. Attorney General Jeff Landry says state law specifical­ly prohibits discrimina­tion against smokers.

MAINE Auburn: A driver in Maine who found a snake in his car called Auburn police, telling a dispatcher that he was afraid of snakes and would rather burn his car than touch the one coiled in the vehicle’s door. Officer Travis Barnies responded and removed the garter snake.

MARYLAND Baltimore: The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $ 12.7 million contract for beach renourishm­ent in Ocean City. Work on moving 900,000 cubic yards of sand is expected to begin after Labor Day.

MASSACHUSE­TTS Cambridge: A Harvard University faculty committee is proposing a ban on fraterniti­es, sororities and singlegend­er clubs. The proposal would take effect for incoming freshmen in 2018.

MICHIGAN Flint: A funeral home was shut down after maggots were found in a garage where unrefriger­ated bodies were stored. Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department says it suspended the license of Swanson Funeral Home in Flint.

MINNESOTA Woodbury: Parents say they’re concerned about the lack of lifeguards on some state beaches. Minnesota Public Radio reports that a 5- year- old boy drowned recently at Carver Lake, which doesn’t have lifeguards.

MISSISSIPP­I Jackson: A licensed trapper mauled by an alligator is recovering from surgery, The Clarion- Ledger reports. Officials say Craig Breland suffered injuries to his chest, shoulder and arm.

MISSOURI Jefferson City: Jefferson City now owns 32 acres of land at the old Missouri State Penitentia­ry and is discussing ways to develop the area to attract tourists, The Jefferson City News- Tribune reports. Most of the site is undevelope­d.

MONTANA Box Elder: The Rocky Boy Indian Reservatio­n is going through a critical water shortage due to unrelentin­g heat and the failure of a major water storage tank. Tribal officials warn that as many as 3,000 people could be out of water within the next week.

NEBRASKA Lincoln: Police are warning Lincoln residents of a phone scam coming from a number that appears to belong to the mayor’s office. Police say they’re aware of at least eight spoofed calls coming from the number.

NEVADA Las Vegas: Given another year, Nevada saw an extra 630 students from the Class of 2016 graduate from high school, The Las Vegas Review- Journal reports. The most recent fiveyear graduation rate came in at 73.5%. That’s an increase from the four- year rate of 70.8%.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Salem: A woman whose addiction treatment drug was seized in a shopliftin­g investigat­ion returned to the New Hampshire police station to demand that the drug be returned. That’s when officers determined that her license and registrati­on were suspended, and she was cited again.

NEW JERSEY Atlantic City: A boost from internet gambling helped push Atlantic City’s casino revenue into the black in June. The city’s seven casinos recorded a more than 23% increase in online winnings. NEW MEXICO Los Alamos: The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos is hosting a new multimedia exhibit on the Manhattan Project. The interactiv­e exhibit tells the story of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists working on the world’s first atomic bomb.

NEW YORK New York: New York City has announced a $ 32 million plan to reduce the rat population. Mayor Bill de Blasio says target areas include the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Chinatown, the East Village and Lower East Side in Manhattan, and the Bushwick and BedfordStu­yvesant areas of Brooklyn.

NORTH CAROLINA Elon: A man faces a child abuse charge after allegedly forcing his 9- year- old nephew to walk barefoot on hot asphalt, The Times- News of Burlington reports. Police Chief Cliff Parker says the boy was limping and had blisters on his feet.

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: North Dakota wants to preserve the prairie- style Governor’s Residence that has stood since 1960, yet make way for a larger $ 5 million Governor’s Mansion. But that means the old house needs to be moved no later than September, a move that could cost at least $ 250,000.

OHIO Columbus: The Ohio Supreme Court won’t stop the state from beginning to recoup $ 60 million from the online charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The school is challengin­g how state officials tallied student log- ins.

OKLAHOMA Broken Arrow: A bus carrying children from a Broken Arrow church to a camp at Lake of the Ozarks overturned on a Missouri highway last week. Fourteen children, ages 12 to 14, suffered minor injuries.

OREGON Lakeview: A bluegreen algae outbreak at a KV Bar Ranch reservoir killed 32 cattle, The Capital Press reports. Ranch owner John Shine says concern arose when he and other ranchers noticed cattle with blue legs.

PENNSYLVAN­IA Mahaffey: The Pennsylvan­ia Game Commission says chronic wasting disease has spread to free- range deer where it was earlier only found in captive deer. The commission says a free- ranging whitetail buck in Clearfield County tested positive for the disease.

RHODE ISLAND Warren: Officials say about 50 people were evacuated last week after a worker hit a main gas line. Warren fire officials say natural gas filled the air for about two hours after an excavator hit the gas main.

SOUTH CAROLINA Anderson: The mayor of Anderson has returned home after being hospitaliz­ed for a brain aneurysm, The Independen­t Mail reports. Terence Roberts underwent a procedure June 29.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: State economic developmen­t leaders held a weekend event for former South Dakota residents in hopes of persuading them to return and help address a worker shortage, The Argus Leader reports. The “Back to SoDak” event showcased a flourishin­g Sioux Falls and its job opportunit­ies.

TENNESSEE Memphis: Shelby County Commission­er Justin Ford, accused of choking his girlfriend in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken, has reached a plea agreement, The Commercial Appeal reports. Ford entered an Alford plea last week to misdemeano­r domestic assault. He was sentenced to probation.

TEXAS Sherman: Prosecutor­s say a Texas doctor wrote unnecessar­y drug prescripti­ons that contribute­d to the overdose deaths of at least seven people. Howard Gregg Diamond was arrested last week on charges that include conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

UTAH Salt Lake City: Police say no one was hurt when a state employee accidental­ly fired a handgun in the Utah attorney general’s office, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The employee involved, a concealed carry permit holder, failed to clear the chamber and the gun went off.

VERMONT West Rutland: Town officials have authorized a $ 100 reward to find out who is breaking branches off of West Rutland’s trees, the Rutland Herald reports. Last year, the town planted some 200 trees on a local street. Someone started breaking branches — and in some cases tree trunks — in mid- June.

VIRGINIA Charlottes­ville: The city says removing a statue of Confederat­e hero Robert E. Lee doesn’t violate Virginia law. Charlottes­ville says the law protecting war veteran memorials became applicable in 1997. The Lee statue went up in 1924.

WASHINGTON Tacoma: The City Council has banned unauthoriz­ed homeless camps on public property and limited the time people living in vehicles can park in one spot. Tacoma has been wrestling with a growing housing and homelessne­ss crisis, The News Tribune reports.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The state’s tax collection­s from natural gas, coal and oil production totaled $ 47 million in June. The total exceeds estimates again and shows a continuing rebound in the state’s energy sector.

WISCONSIN Johnson Creek: An armed, naked carjacking suspect was fatally shot by police following a chase. Witnesses told authoritie­s that the man took off his clothes at a park and ride and carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint. He eventually pulled into an Arby’s parking lot and was shot when he ignored orders to stop running toward the restaurant.

WYOMING Laramie: Ivinson Memorial Hospital says patient billing and health informatio­n may have been compromise­d in a security breach, The Laramie Boomerang reports. The hospital’s website services provider says a third party may have altered a web server code.

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