News from across the USA
ALABAMA Montgomery: The Montgomery Public Art Commission is looking for artists or art teams to design wraps to be displayed on city buses, WSFA-TV reports.
ALASKA Juneau: Sunday marked the 90-day deadline for the legislative session approved by state voters, but some business remains. The constitution allows sessions up to 121 days.
ARIZONA Yuma: The CDC says an 11-state E. coli outbreak that sickened 35 people is linked to lettuce grown in Arizona.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: The Arkansas Department of Education graded schools based on the Every Student Succeeds Act and hopes to “generate conversations” about improvement. More than 160 schools got an “A,” and more than 30 were given an “F.”
CALIFORNIA Sacramento: The state’s high-speed rail project faces an audit from the U.S. Department of Transportation as costs keep climbing. The project has been awarded nearly $3.5 billion in federal grants.
COLORADO Colorado Springs: The El Pomar Foundation has committed $1 million over 10 years to support a proposed mountain biking park here, The Gazette reports.
CONNECTICUT Montville: Ryan Fish, a former substitute teacher, is charged with reckless endangerment for supervising a student “fight club” at Montville High School.
DELAWARE Dover: With more than 250 vacant positions, overtime at the Delaware Department of Correction is expected to climb above $30 million this year, The News Journal reports.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Police say a man serving over 100 years in a suburban Washington prison for sexually abusing a girl is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of her mother nearly 18 years ago.
FLORIDA Naples: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a rescued panther and her two kittens into the wild in the Picayune Strand State Forest.
GEORGIA Savannah: The city closed its 2017 budget with a $10 million surplus, partially the result of a hiring freeze and higher lodging and sales tax revenue, The Savannah Morning News reports.
HAWAII Honolulu: After more than 600 acts of vandalism to city parks in three years, Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled a pilot project to lock gates and bathrooms at the parks.
IDAHO Boise: Officials will allow gun shows again at the Boise-area fairgrounds after a ban was imposed following two accidental shootings, the Idaho Statesman reports.
ILLINOIS Chicago: Hundreds of residents have used free lead testing kits from the city to determine if their drinking water is contaminated. A Chicago Tribune analysis found that 30% of homes had concentrations above the federal limit.
INDIANA Fort Wayne: The city’s Children’s Zoo will close its capuchin monkey exhibit for about a year for some $7 million in renovations.
IOWA Iowa City: The University of Iowa plans to temporarily halt more than 100 campus construction projects in response to budget cuts, The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.
KANSAS Topeka: Gov. Jeff Colyer says a website created to find people who owe child support is getting heavy use and has already found a person owing more than $56,000, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
KENTUCKY Bardstown: Lux Row Distillers is open to the public. The distillery produces brands such as Rebel Yell and Blood Oath.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: The state House voted to add conditions eligible for marijuana treatment, including glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease.
MAINE Portland: Unum Group, an employee benefits provider, is undergoing a $42 million renovation of its Portland campus.
MARYLAND Frederick: Multiple monkeys and their caretaker at Fort Detrick Army medical research lab have tested positive for the bacteria that causes tuberculosis, The Frederick News-Post reports.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: A map of Cuba that President Kennedy referred to during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 has sold at auction for nearly $140,000. The map shows nine targets that American planes would have bombed.
MICHIGAN Lansing: The state will get $80 million in federal funds to build two new veterans homes, in Grand Rapids and the Detroit area.
MINNESOTA Hutchinson: Authorities say a 3M plant explosion last week injured three people, one of them seriously. An equipment malfunction is blamed, KARE-TV says.
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba opposes a plan to move the Jackson Zoo from Livingston Park to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Clarion Ledger reports. MISSOURI Rolla: A report says the University of Missouri System may face a budget shortfall of up to $200 million a year by fiscal 2023 without new sources of revenue, The Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
MONTANA Helena: The conservative Montana Growth Network has agreed to pay $30,000 to the state to avoid a trial based on spending to influence 2012 state elections.
NEBRASKA Harrisburg: The Air Force is investigating what caused an electrical problem at a missile alert facility that forced two officers to be treated for smoke inhalation.
NEVADA Las Vegas: A man with six prior felony convictions was sentenced to 17 years in prison for selling stolen weapons to an undercover federal agent.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Claremont: Authorities say 10 people were treated for carbon monoxide exposure at a home. Ther victims included three occupants, two visiting friends, a police officer, two firefighters and two EMS providers.
NEW JERSEY Newark: Prosecutors say a corrections officer at the Fort Dix prison smuggled drugs to inmates and used the cash to gamble in Atlantic City.
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: A series of town hall meetings will start Tuesday as one of the state’s largest hospital systems seeks a new chief executive officer. Three candidates are being considered.
NEW YORK Buffalo: The city has unveiled a Bufffalo Wing Trail, a list of restaurants featuring a dozen chicken wing hot spots.
NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney tells the City Council he’s having a tough time filling the 174 openings on the force and needs to boost pay to attract applicants, the Charlotte Observer reports.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Deadly bacterial pneumonia spread to three previously unaffected bighorn sheep herds last year in the North Dakota Badlands.
OHIO Columbus: Ohio counties would split nearly $115 million to replace aging voting machines under a plan approved this week by the state Senate, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The U.S. Marshals Service says a woman’s obituary helped catch her fugitive son who escaped from a Muskogee prison in 1981.
OREGON Portland: A landslide last week closed a portion of Highway 101 in both directions south of Cannon Beach near Hug Point.
PENNSYLVANIA Pittsburgh: Condiment maker Heinz wrapped up a Twitter poll Sunday to find out if people want to try Mayochup, a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup.
RHODE ISLAND Pawtucket: City officials are waiving some $25,000 in fines for people who violated a street-parking ban as a snowstorm approached March 21. The storm mostly missed the area, WPRI-TV reports.
SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: Gov. Henry McMaster has chosen Mark Elam, a former lobbyist for Boeing, to head the Department of Health and Environmental Control. He replaces Allen Amsler, who left in February.
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: The city says safety reviews conducted over the past decade for Falls Park are given orally but aren’t written, The Argus Leader reports. A 5-year-old girl drowned at the park last month.
TENNESSEE Morristown: Van Hool NV, a Belgian company that makes buses and industrial vehicles, is investing $47 million to build a manufacturing facility in the state. The move is expected to create nearly 640 jobs in five years.
TEXAS Houston: A 22-year-old woman who claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant was sentenced to four years in prison for abandoning her newborn daughter in a flower bed, where the child was found covered with ants.
UTAH Salt Lake City: A public records board says state sheriffs have the right to keep voluntary standards and inspection reports for county jails secret, even though some of guidelines have been released, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
VERMONT Montpelier: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it needs more financial information before it approves the sale of the shuttered Vermont Yankee plant to NorthStar, Vermont Public Radio reports.
VIRGINIA Richmond: The Campaign to Reduce Eviction coalition is trying to figure out why Richmond and other cities in the state have some of the highest eviction rates in the country.
WASHINGTON Tacoma: A local strip mall, Browns Point Town Center, could be demolished to make way for a small retirement community that includes up to five floors of senior housing, The News Tribune reports.
WEST VIRGINIA Beckley: The city has finalized a decision to buy the Black Knight Country Club from the company that Gov. Jim Justice owns, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
WISCONSIN Madison: The state Supreme Court will take up a case over how much policy-writing power the independently elected state school superintendent has. A conservative group says the governor’s permission is required to set policy.
WYOMING Cheyenne: Officials say 88 Wyoming inmates were moved to a prison in Tutwiler, Miss., this month to free space for inmates being held in local jails and allow repairs to the State Penitentiary in Rawlins.