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AL­ABAMA Prattville: The city’s iconic down­town land­mark – Daniel Pratt’s mill com­plex, dubbed “the gin shop” by lo­cals – took cen­ter stage Tues­day for a group of about 30 from Ca­haba Brew­ing Com­pany who came from Birm­ing­ham for a lit­tle his­tory les­son about the build­ings linked to the Con­ti­nen­tal Gin Co. struc­ture where the brew­ery is housed.

ALASKA An­chor­age: A fam­ily-ori­ented down­hill ski­ing area called Skeetawk is sched­uled to open next win­ter through a grass-roots effort.

ARI­ZONA Glen­dale: The free event Glit­ter & Glow runs 4-10 p.m. Satur­day. The glit­ter is pro­vided by 1.6 mil­lion LED lights that have shined through­out the hol­i­days. The glow comes from 18 hot-air bal­loons.

ARKANSAS Bull Shoals: Arkansas State Parks will host its an­nual Ea­gle Aware­ness week­end at the park Fri­day and Satur­day.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Sacramento: The state would be­come the first to re­quire busi­nesses to offer elec­tronic re­ceipts un­less cus­tomers ask for pa­per copies un­der leg­is­la­tion pro­posed this week.

COLORADO Fort Collins: Af­ter a long jour­ney from Hol­land and weeks of train­ing, Fort Collins Po­lice Ser­vices has a new mem­ber on its K-9 team. Eleiko, a 1-year-old Dutch shep­herd, is the de­part­ment’s new­est ad­di­tion, a dual-pur­pose pa­trol and nar­cotics de­tec­tion ca­nine.

CON­NECTI­CUT Rocky Hill: The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture is hold­ing the Con­necti­cut Farm-to-School Con­fer­ence – a day of train­ing ses­sions, panel dis­cus­sions and net­work­ing – on Jan. 22 at the Hart­ford Sher­a­ton South.

DELAWARE Dover: Surf fishers in the state could face a fee in­crease and pro­gram cap of 17,000 per­mits this year, if two pro­pos­als by the Parks & Re­cre­ation di­vi­sion are passed.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: The City Coun­cil has unan­i­mously passed emer­gency leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing Mayor Muriel Bowser to is­sue mar­riage li­censes dur­ing the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down.

FLORIDA Largo: A sher­iff’s deputy has re­signed af­ter telling au­thor­i­ties he sent a toy bomb to a col­league as a joke.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: Cor­rec­tions officials have agreed to im­prove con­di­tions for pris­on­ers held in the state’s most re­stric­tive soli­tary confine­ment fa­cil­ity.

HAWAII Honolulu: The Hawaii House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is ex­pected to up­date the cham­ber’s sex­ual ha­rass­ment pol­icy a year af­ter its for­mer speaker re­signed to re­solve al­le­ga­tions brought by sev­eral women.

IDAHO Boise: Gov. Brad Lit­tle is rec­om­mend­ing a 3 per­cent merit-based pay in­crease for state em­ploy­ees in his pro­posed bud­get.

ILLI­NOIS Rock­ford: A man who spent more than two decades in prison for a mur­der con­vic­tion ob­tained with shoddy bal­lis­tics ev­i­dence is get­ting a chance to prove his in­no­cence with a new trial. The re­trial of Pa­trick Purs­ley, 53, in the 1993 killing of Andy Ascher, 22, is set to be­gin Thurs­day.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: “Satur­day Night Live” alum­nus Jay Pharoah will be among per­form­ers at the new He­lium Com­edy Club down­town when it opens in March.

IOWA In­di­anapo­lis: Iowans love the smooth, sweet sound of “Ten­nessee Whiskey.” TouchTunes, a dig­i­tal juke­box ser­vice, shared its top­played songs and artists across the Hawk­eye State in 2018 – a list led by Chris Sta­ple­ton’s take on the clas­sic.

KANSAS Topeka: Gov.-elect Laura Kelly plans to put a for­mer cor­rec­tions sec­re­tary back in charge of the prison sys­tem and have a mil­i­tary doc­tor run the health de­part­ment.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: A bi­par­ti­san group of law­mak­ers has in­tro­duced a bill to le­gal­ize med­i­cal mar­i­juana, in­clud­ing a Repub­li­can state sen­a­tor who said he “smoked a joint” when he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

LOUISIANA New Or­leans: The po­lice de­part­ment is invit­ing mem­bers of the city’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity to take part in an anony­mous on­line sur­vey “as a means to bet­ter en­gage with the com­mu­nity and to as­sess po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties.”

MAINE Au­gusta: The new Demo­cratic gov­er­nor says a state mu­seum will keep hous­ing a mu­ral de­pict­ing the his­tory of Maine’s la­bor move­ment that her Repub­li­can pre­de­ces­sor fought to put in stor­age.

MARY­LAND Quan­tico: Plans are in the works to de­velop Wi­comico County’s new­est park, the prop­erty known as “Pi­rate’s Wharf.”

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: The ques­tion of how to best divvy up state ed­u­ca­tion dol­lars is again shap­ing up as a top is­sue in the new leg­isla­tive ses­sion in the state.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: Blues queen Thor­netta Davis, soul-rocker Laith Al-Saadi and mu­si­cians from a host of gen­res will play the 2019 Quicken Loans Win­ter Blast Week­ends – the re­configured ver­sion of the fest long known as Win­ter Blast.

MINNESOTA Minneapolis: Sev­eral mem­bers of the state’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion said they will do­nate their pay to char­ity dur­ing the par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Pascagoula: A search for a miss­ing cat led to the dis­cov­ery of a 7-foot al­li­ga­tor in­side a storm drain. The cat wasn’t found.

MIS­SOURI Webb City: No one wants an eight-decade-old bridge in Jasper County that officials were giv­ing away for free.

MON­TANA He­lena: Wildlife officials say a hunter shot a wolf on the plains of north­east­ern Mon­tana, the first har­vested in the re­gion since Congress re­moved fed­eral pro­tec­tions for the preda­tors in 2011.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: A state law­maker wants to close a 143-year-old loop­hole in the state con­sti­tu­tion that al­lows peo­ple to be en­slaved as pun­ish­ment for a crime.

NE­VADA Reno: A lot of peo­ple are ac­tu­ally mov­ing into the Sil­ver State. Ne­vada ranked high in two an­nual mover stud­ies once again – nab­bing the top spot in one of them.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Con­cord: Law­mak­ers in the state are pre­par­ing to con­sider a new push against plas­tic bags.

NEW JER­SEY At­lantic City: The Miss New Jer­sey Pageant will be mov­ing to this sea­side city for the next two years.

NEW MEX­ICO Las Cruces: A char­ter school named af­ter civil rights leader Do­lores Huerta is fac­ing clo­sure over poor per­for­mance.

NEW YORK New York: The own­ers of the Chrysler Build­ing are putting the land­mark Art Deco sky­scraper on the mar­ket.

NORTH CAROLINA Asheville: Bun­combe County will offer an Amnesty Day on Jan. 25. Any­one with old war­rants or an or­der for ar­rest re­lated to an out­stand­ing mis­de­meanor or traffic ci­ta­tion is­sued in the county is el­i­gi­ble to see whether their case can be re­set for hear­ing and pos­si­bly dis­missed.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: Gov. Doug Bur­gum says con­struc­tion of a Theodore Roo­sevelt Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary in Me­dora would el­e­vate the state’s rep­u­ta­tion around the globe.

OHIO Cleve­land: Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old woman who was be­lieved to be the oldest per­son in the United States, died Tues­day, her grand­son said. OK­LA­HOMA Okay: A project to re­build 16 miles of Ok­la­homa High­way 16 is be­ing de­layed be­cause of its pos­si­ble effect on a pop­u­la­tion of en­dan­gered gray bats.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Pitts­burgh: Ac­tor and Penn­syl­va­nia na­tive Joe Man­ganiello stopped by a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal to lead pa­tients in a game of Dun­geons and Dragons.

RHODE IS­LAND Nar­ra­gansett: The on­go­ing fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down is affect­ing the plan­ning for a pro­posed wind farm project off New Eng­land’s coast.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: Par­ents in the state can get in trou­ble with the law if they leave their kids in a parked car or let them play in a park by them­selves. But a new bill wants to change that, clar­i­fy­ing the rules to say kids who are old and ma­ture enough don’t al­ways have to have adult su­per­vi­sion.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: For the first time in decades, a U.S. Navy ship named for the state is get­ting ready to join the fleet.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis: Elvis Presley En­ter­prises says an auc­tion at The Guest House Grace­land net­ted more than $600,000 on what would’ve been the star’s 84th birth­day.

TEXAS Austin: State Repub­li­can lead­ers are sig­nal­ing that a failed “bath­room bill” in 2017 that tar­geted trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als and up­ended the leg­is­la­ture isn’t com­ing back.

UTAH St. Ge­orge: Mayor Jon Pike and mem­bers of the city coun­cil will com­mem­o­rate the city’s 157th birth­day by pre­par­ing free root beer floats and cook­ies at the So­cial Hall Par­lor from noon to 2 p.m. Satur­day. In ad­di­tion to the re­fresh­ments down­town, sev­eral other free­bies will be avail­able, in­clud­ing free ad­mis­sion to the Sand Hol­low Aquatic Cen­ter, St. Ge­orge Re­cre­ation Cen­ter and St. Ge­orge Art Mu­seum.

VER­MONT Shel­burne: Fire officials say a large stock­pile of am­mu­ni­tion ex­ploded in a barn fire, pos­ing a threat to firefighters at the scene.

VIR­GINIA Ar­ling­ton: The At­lantic States com­mis­sion says the health of the men­haden pop­u­la­tion will be the sub­ject of meet­ings in Ar­ling­ton in early April in­tended to in­form the man­age­ment of the At­lantic men­haden fish­ery.

WASHINGTON Seat­tle: A ma­jor thor­ough­fare for com­muters along down­town Seat­tle’s water­front is set to shut down for good Fri­day, ush­er­ing in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic pe­ri­ods in the city’s his­tory.

WEST VIR­GINIA Lewis­burg: The State Fair of West Vir­ginia is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for schol­ar­ships to be awarded to young peo­ple who have par­tic­i­pated in the fair.

WIS­CON­SIN Mil­wau­kee: De­mo­li­tions ex­perts on Sun­day will finish the work promised by rock­ers Bon Jovi, Bruce Spring­steen and the Rolling Stones: They’ll blow the roof off the Bradley Cen­ter. A ring of ex­plo­sives will be det­o­nated on the joints that sup­port the mas­sive roof trusses on the 30-year-old arena that closed last sum­mer.

WYOMING Gil­lette: A man who tried to flee from au­thor­i­ties in a stolen ce­ment truck will serve at least 12 years in prison.

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