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ALABAMA Hayneville: Federal and state officials 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 officials said the power plant of a school in the Western Alaska village of Newtok was destroyed in a fire, 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 finding 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 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, officials 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 fire at a farm owned by one of the country’s largest egg producers, state officials confirmed. It’s one of several such fires 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 identification for voting in elections, the Idaho Press reports.

ILLINOIS Springfield: 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 effort from the national party to take away its first- in- thenation status in the presidenti­al race.

KANSAS Topeka: Firefighters found a man on fire 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 first 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 find 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 five children to live in squalid conditions, police say.

NEW JERSEY Bloomfield: 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 defied 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 officer 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 office.

PENNSYLVAN­IA Erie: Erie County’s number of Lyme disease cases declined significantly 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 effectively 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 wildfire season is on the horizon, prompting firefighters 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 officials are warning that most of the state could still face drought conditions.

VERMONT Burlington: Five foodand- drink producers are semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards, the most prestigiou­s prize in the American restaurant industry.

VIRGINIA Chesterfield: 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 filled 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 fisherman whose ATV likely fell through weak ice on Lake Waubesa.

WYOMING Cheyenne: Federal officials 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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