News from across the USA
ALABAMA Cullman: It’s an Alabama record. A hailstone that fell in a local yard March 19 was 19.8 cubic inches. A baseball is 13.4 cubic inches.
ALASKA Sitka: Officials project a 51.3 million sockeye salmon run this year.
ARIZONA Phoenix: Campfires, smoking and target shooting soon will be restricted at the Tonto National Forest because of dry, warm weather.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: A judge granted Vilonia School District’s request to bar a 15-year-old student who posted a photo holding a gun.
CALIFORNIA San Diego: Hundreds of thoroughbred horses evacuated during a wildfire are heading back to the San Luis Rey Training Center.
COLORADO Denver: A new state law requires truck drivers to take a class on preventing human trafficking.
CONNECTICUT Hartford: A proposal to create family and medical leave insurance faces a key vote Tuesday.
DELAWARE Dover: Lawyers for the New Castle County Vocational School District want a lawsuit stemming from a fatal school bathroom attack moved to federal court.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Authorities say a man was shot in the parking lot outside a suburban Metro station.
FLORIDA Daytona Beach: Officials say a pygmy sperm whale died after stranding itself on the beach.
GEORGIA Atlanta: Officials are reviewing other locations for storing roadside assistance vehicles after last year’s collapse of a section of I-85.
HAWAII Kailua-Kona: Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is pushing for a half-cent general excise tax.
IDAHO Boise: A judge has refused to reduce the $1 million bail of a retired priest charged with child porn.
ILLINOIS Oregon: Several groups are working to finish restoring the Black Hawk statue in Lowden State Park.
INDIANA Milton: Town Council is expecting a state grant to tear down the Milton School, a 1923 structure last used as a school in 1996.
IOWA Adel: The 19-year-old mother of twin toddlers who were spotted wandering naked near a busy state highway last November pleaded guilty to child endangerment.
KANSAS Ellsworth: “Lost to DUI” memorial signs are being placed along Kansas highways for victims of drunken driving crashes.
KENTUCKY Henderson: Farmer and Frenchman winery will appeal an ABC board decision to revoke its retail license because of its location in what’s viewed as dry territory.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: An analysis says Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program has helped create or support nearly 19,200 jobs and $178 million in state and local taxes.
MAINE Augusta: A state audit says Maine needs to ensure that unemployment claim payments go only to active job-seekers.
MARYLAND Annapolis: The Court of Special Appeals rejected the appeal of a man convicted of killing his 3-month-old son after secretly getting life insurance on the child.
MASSACHUSETTS Belchertown: Fishing opens Saturday at Quabbin Reservoir, where lake trout, landlocked salmon and white perch live.
MICHIGAN Frankenmuth: This Bavarian-themed city will soon welcome visitors with a nearly $1 million steel and concrete archway.
MINNESOTA Minneapolis: The state High School League is allowing two five-inning baseball and softball games a day instead of just one seven-inning game because of a weather-shortened season.
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: A portion of U.S. 82 was named “Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway,” also the name of a connecting road in Arkansas.
MISSOURI Sarcoxie: Mushroom hunters are flocking to southwest Missouri for highly sought morels, praised for their rarity and flavor.
MONTANA Butte: Officials say flares found in a home were mistaken for dynamite, causing an evacuation.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: Bird watchers are invited to Birding Day on May 2 at Indian Cave State Park.
NEVADA Sparks: A $15 million state-of-the-art marijuana factory in Nevada’s high desert is open after being in the works nearly two years.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Concord: The state faces a budget shortfall up to $36 million as a result of a federal court decision that invalidated a hospital care payment formula.
NEW JERSEY Brigantine: A battle is brewing on Brigantine Island between residents who oppose killing foxes and wildlife backers who want piping plovers protected.
NEW MEXICO Silver City: The Annual Tour of the Gila cycling event begins Wednesday.
NEW YORK Albany: The state Department of Environmental Conservation is marking the 48th anniversary of Earth Day with guided hikes.
NORTH CAROLINA Troutman: At least three visitors to the private Zootastic Park zoo received emergency treatment after a tree toppled onto a passing sightseeing wagon.
NORTH DAKOTA Wahpeton: The Chahinkapa Zoo is putting final touches on its African Habitat to welcome two white rhinoceroses.
OHIO Columbus: Ohio State University will spend nearly $19 million updating campus Wi-Fi access.
OKLAHOMA Norman: University of Oklahoma President David Boren had what was described as a minor stroke during a ceremony honoring former football coach Bob Stoops.
OREGON Portland: Local school officials want greater scrutiny of athletic sponsorships involving free gear provided by shoe giant Nike.
PENNSYLVANIA Wilkes-Barre: A woman charged with falsely accusing two state troopers of rape was ordered to stand trial. Prosecutors cite inconsistencies in her story.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: State officials are asking residents to be careful when disposing of woodstove ashes that pose a wildfire risk.
SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: State education officials dealt with 138 teacher discipline cases last year.
SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: Dan Mosteller, who spent nearly 30 years at the South Dakota Highway Patrol, was sworn in as the new U.S. marshal.
TENNESSEE Morristown: An immigration roundup at a local meatpacking plant sparked a protest.
TEXAS San Antonio: Authorities say four baboons that escaped from the Southwest National Primate Research Center were recaptured.
UTAH Salt Lake City: An audit finds that Utah public schools collected $71 million from students in 2017 for such things as textbooks and lab fees.
VERMONT Montpelier: The state is asking drivers to slow down near ponds for frogs and salamanders migrating to breeding pools.
VIRGINIA Charlottesville: A University of Virginia statue of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized with the words “RACIST + RAPIST” as the school commemorates the 275th anniversary of its founder’s birth.
WASHINGTON Seattle: A police internal investigation says two officers violated policy when they shot the driver and passenger of a stolen car.
WEST VIRGINIA Morgantown: A West Virginia University student who fell backward off a balcony died following emergency surgery.
WISCONSIN Oak Creek: Residents raised health concerns about coal dust at We Energies’ power plant.
WYOMING Rock Springs: A fire damaged a Union Pacific locomotive. Two workers suffered smoke inhalation.