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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.

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