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AL­ABAMA Cen­tre: An 18-wheeler crashed on Al­abama 35, spilling boxes of chicken ten­ders. The Chero­kee County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency posted a no­tice on Face­book ask­ing peo­ple to quit pick­ing up the chicken, as it wasn’t safe to eat af­ter hours on the ground.

ALASKA Fair­banks: Pro­posed leg­is­la­tion in the U.S. Se­nate would give fed­eral aid to help Alaska res­i­dents and oth­ers across the coun­try re­place in­efficient wood stoves.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Af­ter a cam­paign buoyed by a surge in teacher ac­tivism, Ari­zona’s new schools chief, Kathy Hoffman, took office with a pledge to ad­dress the kind of griev­ances that led to school-shut­ter­ing walk­outs in sev­eral states last spring.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Crit­ics say the method used to gauge how much fer­til­izer farm­ers can ap­ply to their crops doesn’t fac­tor the po­ten­tial of ma­nure leach­ing un­der­ground and leaves the state’s wa­ter­ways in­ad­e­quately pro­tected.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Thou­sand Oaks: REO Speed­wagon’s lead singer hopes the band’s benefit con­certs Satur­day and Sun­day at Thou­sand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will raise money for fam­i­lies of vic­tims of a shoot­ing at the Bor­der­line Bar & Grill last No­vem­ber and for sur­vivors who need coun­sel­ing.

COLORADO Den­ver: Ac­tivists say they have col­lected more than 8,000 bal­lot pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures for an ini­tia­tive that would make Den­ver the first U.S. city to de­crim­i­nal­ize psy­che­delic mush­rooms.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: The state’s two Demo­cratic sen­a­tors are rein­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion ex­pand­ing fed­eral back­ground checks for firearms sales.

DELAWARE Dewey Beach: One of the state’s biggest, bad­dest beach bars is turn­ing the big 4-0 this year. The Rusty Rud­der will host six bands and six DJs on Fri­day, Aug. 23, for an eight-hour bash.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: Catholic or­ga­ni­za­tion Opus Dei paid $977,000 in 2005 to set­tle a sex­ual mis­con­duct com­plaint against a once-prom­i­nent priest in the area.

FLORIDA Or­lando: Officials at SeaWorld say its Aquat­ica Or­lando park will be the world’s first water park cre­den­tialed for vis­i­tors with autism.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s pres­i­dent plans to re­tire this sum­mer. G.P. “Bud” Peter­son has served since 2009.

HAWAII Wailuku: The Ni­sei Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Cen­ter on Maui is nam­ing for­mer state Sen. Jill Tokuda as its new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

IDAHO Kel­logg: While many Sil­ver Val­ley res­i­dents are ea­ger to see Bunker Hill Mine re­open, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is wary of restart­ing the his­toric pol­luter in the na­tion’s se­cond-largest Su­per­fund site.

ILLI­NOIS Deerfield: Oreo maker Mon­delez In­ter­na­tional Inc. is mov­ing its head­quar­ters from this Chicago sub­urb into the city.

IN­DI­ANA Peru: State wildlife officials are plan­ning a bald ea­gle watch­ing event Satur­day at Mis­sissinewa Lake.

IOWA Des Moines: The Hawk­eye State’s love affair with ranch dress­ing is official. Influen­ster an­a­lyzed re­views across its plat­form to de­ter­mine which condi­ment is the most buzzed-about in each state.

KANSAS Kansas City: Ad­vo­cates for LGBTQ Kansans say re­cent de­ci­sions by two John­son County ci­ties to pass anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nances sug­gest sup­port for such laws is grow­ing.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: Nom­i­na­tions are be­ing sought for the 2019 Ken­tucky Leopold Con­ser­va­tion Award. Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Ryan Quar­les says the award rec­og­nizes farm­ers and foresters who go above and be­yond in the care and man­age­ment of nat­u­ral re­sources.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: Or­ga­niz­ers of the Bayou Coun­try Su­per­fest say the fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing to Ba­ton Rouge next year.

MAINE Au­gusta: The state’s deer hunters would be able to har­vest the an­i­mals with cross­bows if a leg­is­la­tor’s pro­posal is ap­proved.

MARY­LAND Ocean City: A birth­day party took an un­ex­pected turn Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Ocean City Fire De­part­ment’s Face­book page, a com­mu­nity res­i­dent named Gla­dys was cel­e­brat­ing her 90th birth­day at the Li­ons Club. But when she tried to blow out all 90 can­dles on her cake, the fire alarm was set off.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: The Ru­d­er­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, a lead­ing voice in call­ing for more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the dis­abled, says Olympic cham­pion Michael Phelps is the re­cip­i­ent of its Mor­ton E. Ru­d­er­man Award in In­clu­sion.

MICHI­GAN Dear­born: A tabby cat who’d been miss­ing for two months was found in Tampa, Florida, more than 1,100 miles away.

MIN­NESOTA Lake of the Woods

County: A Face­book Live fish-off in­volv­ing tourism spokes­men for two top ice-fishing des­ti­na­tions turned into a whop­per of a com­pe­ti­tion, but Min­nesota came out on top. The friendly day­long con­test Thurs­day was be­tween North Dakota’s Devils Lake and Min­nesota’s Lake of the Woods.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: Singer-song­writer Steve For­bert, a Mis­sis­sippi na­tive, will play Dul­ing Hall in Jack­son on Satur­day night.

MIS­SOURI Kansas City: A new ex­hibit at the Na­tional World War I Mu­seum and Me­mo­rial doc­u­ments the de­struc­tion in a se­ries of jar­ring and some­times uniden­tifiable pho­tographs and il­lus­tra­tions.

MON­TANA Mon­tana City: 406 Re­cy­cling stepped in to fill an elec­tron­ics re­cy­cling void left by the clo­sure of He­lena In­dus­tries af­ter state bud­get cuts. Owner Matt El­saesser hopes his com­pany can in­cor­po­rate some of He­lena In­dus­tries’ mis­sion of em­ploy­ing peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: Lo­cal peo­ple and en­ti­ties have joined to­gether to buy the col­lec­tion of items from the Frank H. Woods Tele­phone Pioneer Mu­seum. The ar­ti­facts will be dis­played in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the Tele­graph Dis­trict down­town.

NEVADA Reno: The Sa­fari Club In­ter­na­tional An­nual Con­ven­tion opens in this city Wed­nes­day.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Hanover: Dart­mouth Col­lege is kick­ing off the cel­e­bra­tion of its 250th an­niver­sary with nine cam­pus events Thurs­day.

NEW JERSEY Hack­en­sack: Ale­men­tary Brewing Co. planned to dou­ble its pro­duc­tion by Fe­bru­ary, but the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down has pre­vented the com­pany from ac­quir­ing the nec­es­sary per­mits to open its se­cond fa­cil­ity.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: Un­der a new part­ner­ship with Wildflower In­ter­na­tional, un­manned aerial sys­tems made by Si­lent Fal­con UAS Tech­nolo­gies will as­sist Po­joaque Pue­blo in man­ag­ing its roam­ing bi­son herd, map­ping cul­tural sites, and im­prov­ing fire con­trol and search-and-res­cue efforts.

NEW YORK Pier­mont: Restau­rants with views of the Tap­pan Zee Bridge are offer­ing blow-up par­ties Satur­day morn­ing, pro­vid­ing pic­nic break­fasts or let­ting din­ers toast the end of an era with a glass of bub­bly as the east span is de­mol­ished.

NORTH CAROLINA Wilm­ing­ton: The lin­ger­ing fall­out from the state’s con­tro­ver­sial “bath­room bill” may force a Netflix se­ries about the Outer Banks to film in South Carolina.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: The state is ask­ing a fed­eral judge to dis­miss a law­suit filed by a Na­tive Amer­i­can tribe over the state’s voter iden­tification re­quire­ments.

OHIO Cincin­nati: Pub­lic En­emy co­founder and front­man Chuck D is vis­it­ing the city Feb. 7 for a dis­cus­sion and book sign­ing.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice says no one was killed in a tor­nado in Ok­la­homa last year, for the first time since 2006.

ORE­GON Port­land: En­vi­ron­men­tal groups say they have with­drawn from talks on how to man­age the state’s re­bound­ing wolf pop­u­la­tion be­cause of what they call a “bro­ken” process.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Mor­risville: A lawyer who held off an an­gry mob while rep­re­sent­ing the first black fam­ily to move into the all-white de­vel­op­ment of Le­vit­town has died. Sa­muel Snipes was 99.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: A group of busi­ness own­ers has filed a law­suit against a se­ries of pro­jects meant to im­prove bus ser­vice.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: Stu­dent loan debt has quadru­pled in South Carolina, grow­ing at a faster rate than any state in the past 10 years, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from Ex­pe­rian.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Avera Health has un­veiled a confiden­tial hot­line to pro­vide sup­port to those in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try who are over­whelmed by stress. South Dakota farm­ers can call 1-800-691-4336 to be con­nected with a trained men­tal health coun­selor.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis: Steve Shel­ley, drum­mer for Sonic Youth, re­turns Fri­day to Mem­phis for “30 Years of Day­dream Na­tion,” a sort of “mix­tape of a movie night” tied to the band’s 1989 al­bum.

TEXAS Cor­pus Christi: The Texas State Aquar­ium will no longer offer Dol­lar Days to vis­i­tors but in­stead will host a new dis­counted event. The first Com­mu­nity Day will be Jan. 21.

UTAH Sale Lake City: A fam­ily that owns land along the north­east­ern bound­ary of Zion Na­tional Park has agreed to let hik­ers con­tinue to wade through their sec­tion of the nar­row­est stretch of Zion Canyon.

VIR­GINIA Kip­topeke State Park: This park’s un­usual break­wa­ter made of con­crete ships will be fea­tured on Dis­cov­ery’s Science Chan­nel on Thurs­day at 9 p.m. on “Im­pos­si­ble En­gi­neer­ing.”

WASH­ING­TON Ta­coma: The main en­trance to Mount Rainier Na­tional Park has closed amid the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: State Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Paine says he sup­ports a pos­si­ble one-time pay in­cen­tive for teach­ers to im­prove math ed­u­ca­tion and teach­ing skills.

WIS­CON­SIN Mil­wau­kee: To mark the birth­day of the late James Cameron, a sur­vivor of one of the na­tion’s most no­to­ri­ous lynch­ings and founder of Amer­ica’s Black Holo­caust Mu­seum, Mil­wau­kee County Ex­ec­u­tive Chris Abele has is­sued a $100,000 chal­lenge grant to sup­port the re­open­ing of the mu­seum.

WYOMING Gil­lette: Health officials say a cat in John­son County has been in­fected with plague.

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