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ALABAMA Birmingham: Efforts are un­der­way to cre­ate a me­mo­rial to African-Amer­i­cans who were lynched in Jeffer­son County, in the same spirit and style as one in Montgomery.

ALASKA Juneau: Dou­glas In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers have un­veiled a me­mo­rial in front of Sayeik Gastineau Com­mu­nity School to honor the dead in the Tlin­git burial ground on which the el­e­men­tary was built.

ARI­ZONA Tempe: Ra­zor, one of three shared scooter com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the city, is offer­ing a seated op­tion.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: The po­lice depart­ment is adding four pa­trol units to high-crime ar­eas af­ter a re­cent spike in gun vi­o­lence.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA San Fran­cisco: Maria Men­doza-Sanchez, a nurse who was de­ported to Mexico, has won her im­prob­a­ble fight to re­turn to her four chil­dren and job in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter win­ning a ticket in a visa lot­tery.

COLORADO Sev­er­ance: A boy is try­ing to get rid of his town's ban on snow­balls. Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Kyle Ri­etk­erk told The Gree­ley Tri­bune snow­balls are defined as mis­siles. When stu­dents visit town hall, he says officials tell them about the law and also say they have the power to change it. Nine-year-old Dane Best is the first to try.

CON­NECTI­CUT Darien: Af­ter strug­gling with grow­ing num­bers of par­ents in school cafe­te­rias, the Darien school sys­tem says par­ents and guardians are no longer wel­come to visit with their chil­dren dur­ing lunch at the town's el­e­men­tary schools.

DELAWARE Mil­ford: Passing mo­torists can't miss the gold pro­pel­ler in front of Med­ing's Seafood. And it played a fas­ci­nat­ing role in U.S. his­tory. It once helped thrust the USS Shangri-La, which was sig­nificant in the lives of astro­nauts Jim Lovell and Gene Cer­nan.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: The Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors cer­e­mony Sun­day hon­or­ing life­time artis­tic achieve­ment fea­tured mul­ti­ple tributes to former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush.

FLOR­IDA Bris­tol: Hur­ri­cane Michael left its mark in this small town. Tor­ren­tial down­pours from the storm opened up a giant crater.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: Re­searchers are wad­ing into north Ge­or­gia streams to search for giant sala­man­ders known as hell­ben­ders.

HAWAII Honolulu: A class-ac­tion law­suit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold un­der the brand name Hawai­ian, claim­ing the chips made in Wash­ing­ton state are mis­lead­ing cus­tomers.

IDAHO Idaho Falls: A man who robbed two con­ve­nience stores with cau­tion tape wrapped around his head to hide his iden­tity has been sen­tenced to 12 years in prison.

ILLI­NOIS Sand­wich: An 11-year-old boy couldn't re­sist test­ing the the­ory that when you place your tongue on a frozen metal pole, it'll stick. Spencer Cline and his tongue are ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

IN­DI­ANA Mun­cie: In a video posted to YouTube, 28 play­ers com­bine for an all-trom­bone cover of Queen's 1977 hit “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.” It and sim­i­lar vi­ral videos pro­mote the mis­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Trom­bone Fes­ti­val, which will be held at Ball State Univer­sity in July.

IOWA Des Moines: For months this sum­mer, pa­per placed in re­cy­cling bins ended up at the landfill. Mid Amer­ica Re­cy­cling says it couldn't find any­one will­ing to take it.

KANSAS Wi­chita: Two stu­dents whose fam­i­lies fled vi­o­lence and civil war in their home coun­tries are fea­tured in a new doc­u­men­tary about refugee re­set­tle­ment and its im­pact on the city's schools.

KEN­TUCKY Louisville: When a pair of goats were walk­ing along the high­way, Louisville Metro Po­lice officers knew what to do: Lure them in with Fri­tos. Po­lice even­tu­ally found the goats' owner.

LOUISIANA New Or­leans: Prices for al­li­ga­tor skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, mak­ing for a slow wild har­vest.

MAINE Port­land: A hawk na­tive to Cen­tral and South Amer­ica drew a lot of at­ten­tion from Maine's bird­ing com­mu­nity last week af­ter ap­pear­ing in a city park, where it brawled with a fel­low rap­tor and dined on a squir­rel. The great black hawk may be the first record of the species in the U.S., the Audubon So­ci­ety says.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: A group of nurses at Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal say the fa­cil­ity has staffing prob­lems, lacks crit­i­cal sup­plies and has shoddy equip­ment.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Cam­bridge: Malala Yousafzai is be­ing hon­ored by Har­vard Univer­sity. The No­bel win­ner will be awarded the 2018 Gleits­man Award on Thurs­day.

MICHI­GAN Bath Town­ship: Sup­port­ers of lo­cal artist Robert Park are us­ing small blue duck­ies to high­light the ab­sur­dity of spend­ing tax­payer dol­lars – $17,000 so far – to get rid of an art in­stal­la­tion on Park's pri­vate prop­erty.

MIN­NESOTA For­est Lake: A 70-year lutefisk din­ner tra­di­tion has ended at Faith Lutheran Church with an obit­u­ary penned by the pas­tor.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Hat­ties­burg: The Univer­sity of South­ern Mis­sis­sippi has re­ceived the largest gift in its his­tory: $8.7 mil­lion from the Luck­y­day Foun­da­tion of Ridge­land.

MIS­SOURI Springfield: The city is get­ting ready to em­bark on a ma­jor project: de­vel­op­ing a new map that will set the tra­jec­tory of its fu­ture. The com­pre­hen­sive plan out­lines pol­icy guide­lines about how the city uses its land, in­vests in cap­i­tal im­prove­ments and more.

MON­TANA Great Falls: Guided out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in the state were a $374 mil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try in 2017.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: The St. Rose Do­mini­can Health Foun­da­tion says a $10 mil­lion dona­tion from the Las Ve­gas-based En­gel­stad Foun­da­tion will be used to ex­pand a breast cancer de­tec­tion and treat­ment pro­gram for un­der­in­sured and unin­sured pa­tients.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Bris­tol: A tur­tle given to a bedrid­den lit­tle boy back in 1968 has cel­e­brated her 50th birth­day with party hats, a sheet cake and many well-wish­ers. Diane the Tur­tle wore a tiny party hat.

NEW JER­SEY West Or­ange: The non­profit Sea Tur­tle Re­cov­ery is tak­ing care of “Eco Ed,” a young green sea tur­tle res­cued last month.

NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: The state may have cel­e­brated its last Colum­bus Day. A leg­isla­tive pro­posal to re­name it In­dige­nous Peo­ples' Day has cleared its first hur­dle in the New Mexico Leg­is­la­ture.

NEW YORK Ithaca: Cor­nell Univer­sity says it will cut down more than 2,000 ash trees in the next few years be­cause of an in­va­sive beetle, the emer­ald ash borer.

NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill: The state's flag­ship univer­sity has pro­posed to move a top­pled Con­fed­er­ate statue into a new $5 mil­lion build­ing on the out­skirts of cam­pus.

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: North Dakota's river ot­ter trap­ping sea­son is over. The state Game and Fish Depart­ment says the har­vest limit of 15 has been reached.

OHIO Cincin­nati: The SkyS­tar, a mul­ti­col­ored, 150-foot ob­ser­va­tion wheel that has graced the city since Au­gust, will stay six more months.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: The state agency that works with in­di­vid­u­als

who have dis­abil­i­ties says it has placed over 3,400 peo­ple in jobs.

ORE­GON Sil­ver­ton: The town's Ki­wa­nis Club main­tains a “Let­ters to Santa” mail­box year-round. At the tree­l­ight­ing cer­e­mony Fri­day, club mem­bers will help kids who want to write to Santa on the spot.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Philadel­phia: Philly and its 'burbs warmed up to the Fly­ers' Mup­pet-like mas­cot Gritty just in time for the hol­i­days – the Gritts­mas hol­i­day. With that love came a mar­ket for merch. Among op­tions out there are cards, bob­ble­heads and jew­elry.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: The state is finally offer­ing res­i­dents the op­tion to upgrade their driver's li­cense to meet fed­eral re­quire­ments that will affect air travel.

SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: The state's long­est-serv­ing House mem­ber says she is go­ing to try to get the Leg­is­la­ture to pass the Equal Rights Amend­ment.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: At­tor­ney Gen­eral-elect Ja­son Ravns­borg says he plans to fol­low through on his cam­paign plan to re­verse the state's pre­sump­tive pro­ba­tion pol­icy for some lower-level felonies.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: Four sites have been added to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places: the Oak Grove School; Whitwell Cum­ber­land Pres­by­te­rian Church; the Hank Snow House; and the Smith-Carter House.

TEXAS Austin: A hol­i­day dis­play meant to re-cre­ate a scene from “Na­tional Lam­poon's Christ­mas Va­ca­tion” looked a lit­tle too real. The Heer­lein fam­ily placed a dummy rep­re­sent­ing Clark Gris­wold dan­gling from the gut­ter of their home, with a lad­der tip­ping be­neath him. A vet­eran passing by called po­lice.

UTAH Og­den: The widow of North Og­den Mayor Brent Taylor, killed while serv­ing in Afghanistan, says she is ded­i­cated to mak­ing her hus­band's legacy about in­spir­ing peo­ple to a life of ser­vice and help­ing oth­ers.

VER­MONT Burling­ton: A Univer­sity of Ver­mont re­searcher has been busy figur­ing out how to save wild bees and grow bet­ter blue­ber­ries in the process. “There's a lit­tle bit of buzz around it,” Charles Ni­chol­son said of his study pub­lished in Agri­cul­ture, Ecosys­tems and En­vi­ron­ment.

VIR­GINIA Char­lottes­ville: A bill that would see a post office named in honor of a Univer­sity of Vir­ginia alum killed in ac­tion in Iraq has ad­vanced to the U.S. Se­nate. The Daily Progress re­ports U.S. Rep. Tom Gar­rett said the bill re­nam­ing a Char­lottes­ville branch af­ter Army Capt. Hu­mayun Khan passed the House with­out ob­jec­tion.

WASH­ING­TON Sum­ner: A home­less man found a bag on the ground out­side a food bank. He turned in the bag and its con­tents – $17,000 cash.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: West Vir­ginia's Joy­ful Night cel­e­bra­tion and tree light­ing cer­e­mony will be held Tues­day at the Capi­tol Com­plex.

WIS­CON­SIN Mil­wau­kee: Low­lands Restau­rant Group has erected plas­tic, igloo-like domes on the rooftop pa­tio of Cafe Benelux be­cause win­ter can­not stop Wis­con­sinites from get­ting out­doors.

WYOMING Laramie: The Univer­sity of Wyoming has been awarded grant money to ad­dress sui­cide pre­ven­tion on cam­pus.

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