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ALABAMA Hayneville: Federal and state officials marked the start of a $ 10 million project aimed at repairing and upgrading an Alabama community’s failing sewer system that has left residents dealing with pools of raw sewage at their homes.
ALASKA Anchorage: State officials said the power plant of a school in the Western Alaska village of Newtok was destroyed in a fire, Alaska Public Media reports.
ARIZONA Phoenix: Portions of South Mountain Park and Preserve have been temporarily closed as investigators search for evidence in a homicide, police said. A hiker reported finding a human skull at the preserve on Jan. 14.
ARKANSAS Fort Smith: Arkansas State Police will get some help responding to the rescue of stranded motorists with teams from the Arkansas National Guard that will be available with Humvees.
CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: A mountain lion studied by the National Park Service was killed after a likely vehicle strike earlier this month on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, officials said.
COLORADO Fort Collins: State health care giant UCHealth warned its patients, employees and providers to be vigilant about any activity involving their personal information following a data breach involving one of its vendors.
CONNECTICUT Bozrah: An estimated 100,000 hens died in a weekend fire at a farm owned by one of the country’s largest egg producers, state officials confirmed. It’s one of several such fires that have killed millions of chickens around the country over the past decade.
DELAWARE Dover: Democratic Gov. John Carney has acknowledged that a provision splitting positions on Delaware’s highest courts between Republicans and Democrats is unconstitutional.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after a woman was found dead, WUSA- TV reports.
FLORIDA Mulberry: Authorities found a newborn girl wrapped in a blanket and still attached to a placenta on a hill outside a trailer park.
GEORGIA Augusta: Thanks to a groundbreaking new agreement between Augusta Tech and Augusta University, tech- school students now have a smoother path toward a bachelor’s degree.
HAWAII Honolulu: The state Department of Water has issued a water conservation notice for Kauai as a winter storm batters the state, HawaiiNewsNow reports.
IDAHO Boise: A new proposed bill would eliminate student IDs as an acceptable form of identification for voting in elections, the Idaho Press reports.
ILLINOIS Springfield: A bill sent to Gov. J. B. Pritzker would lift restrictions on state residents who can’t change their names because of past crimes.
IOWA Des Moines: Iowa Democrats chose a failed congressional candidate to lead their state party as they grapple with a series of election losses and an effort from the national party to take away its first- in- thenation status in the presidential race.
KANSAS Topeka: Firefighters found a man on fire inside a restroom at a Walmart store this weekend.
KENTUCKY Frankfort: A lawsuit claims that counties are unfairly stuck with the costs of housing, feeding and providing medical and psychiatric care for state inmates.
LOUISIANA New Orleans: For 17 seasons, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has been under the musical direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. That changes this summer when conductor Matthew Kraemer takes the reigns.
MAINE Portland: The state is mailing the first of its energy cost relief payments to residents during a week when temperatures are expected to plummet as low as negative 14 degrees.
MARYLAND Baltimore: One man died and four others – two young children among them – were seriously injured following a shooting and related car crash, police said.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: The husband of a woman who is accused of killing two of their children and assaulting a third who later died says his family was the best thing that ever happened to him, and that he forgives his wife.
MICHIGAN Empire: The grave of a man who served in the U. S. Civil War has been formally marked at a cemetery.
MINNESOTA St. Cloud: Minnesota State, the system of 26 colleges and seven state universities, released the results of a study that estimates the impact of St. Cloud State University on the regional economy to be $ 598.8 million and 4,326 jobs.
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: A bill quickly making its way through the Mississippi Legislature could make it harder for electric car companies to sell their products in the state.
MISSOURI Kansas City: Family members and a forensic expert are questioning why police didn’t find a man’s body in the cargo area of his own SUV until after they towed it to a police station earlier this month.
MONTANA Butte: A man who is serving a 23- year prison sentence for defrauding two elderly residents had another 10 years added to his term for lying when he said he missed a court hearing because he had COVID- 19.
NEBRASKA Grand Island: Three young children were being treated for frostbite after police said two suspects stole an SUV while they were inside.
NEVADA Las Vegas: Hefty snowfalls that fed the Colorado River in recent weeks may slow the water level decline of Lake Mead on the Nevada- Arizona border, according to some experts.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Manchester: A couple is facing criminal charges for allowing five children to live in squalid conditions, police say.
NEW JERSEY Bloomfield: Authorities say they are looking for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of a synagogue.
NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: The state’s third public education secretary in four years has announced his retirement, saying he has a critical need to focus on his family and his health.
NEW YORK Louisville: Federal and state authorities are investigating a crash involving a small bus and box truck in snowy conditions that killed six people in upstate New York near the Canadian border.
NORTH CAROLINA Monroe: One of the state’s largest school systems has backed off an academic calendar for next year that would have openly defied a state law that directs when classes can start and end.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Gov. Doug Burgum is urging the National Park Service to keep the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt Park, the Bismarck Tribune reports.
OHIO Lebanon: A man convicted in a shootout that wounded a police officer and also wounded him
21⁄ years ago has been sentenced to
56 years in prison.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The state has launched a new legal challenge to assert control over coal mining on tribal reservations – and to limit the reach of a landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision.
OREGON Salem: The state’s system for managing water is fragmented, underfunded and uncoordinated, according to a report released by the Secretary of State’s office.
PENNSYLVANIA Erie: Erie County’s number of Lyme disease cases declined significantly in 2022 following a record- breaking season, though it could be due to better knowledge of the illness and not fewer bites from infected deer ticks.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell unveiled the court rules for potentially thousands of Rhode Islanders to clear their records of past marijuana charges, given the state’s recent move to legalize the use and sale of recreational cannabis.
SOUTH CAROLINA Moncks Corner: A jury has convicted a man for riddling a home with bullets in 2017, killing one person inside.
SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: South Dakota’s congressional delegation wrote letters to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead.
TENNESSEE Nashville: State Senate Republicans proposed new legislation that could effectively defund Nashville’s convention center, an escalation from legislative leadership against the Metro Council after it blocked a bid to host the Republican National Convention last year.
TEXAS Austin: The winter wildfire season is on the horizon, prompting firefighters to prepare residents for what could be another high- risk year for widespread blazes.
UTAH Salt Lake City: Winter storms dumped about twice as much snow as usual on Utah over the past two months, potentially helping alleviate some of the drought conditions that have plagued the state. But officials are warning that most of the state could still face drought conditions.
VERMONT Burlington: Five foodand- drink producers are semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards, the most prestigious prize in the American restaurant industry.
VIRGINIA Chesterfield: Four young people have been charged with second- degree murder for the fatal shooting of a 16- year- old, police said.
WASHINGTON Seattle: A man suspected of breaking into a home has refused to come clean about his intentions after police found him fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water.
WEST VIRGINIA Buckhannon: The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is hosting its annual Groundhog Day event, complete with a weather forecast from French Creek Freddie.
WISCONSIN Madison: Authorities recovered the body of a 45- year- old fisherman whose ATV likely fell through weak ice on Lake Waubesa.
WYOMING Cheyenne: Federal officials announced that almost $ 10 million will be granted to the state for the cleanup of abandoned mines, the Casper Star- Tribune reports.
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