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ALABAMA Tuscaloosa: Some public facilities here will temporarily lose their Internet access so existing fiber-optic lines can be buried, the Tuscaloosa News reported. The work could take as long as two weeks.
ALASKA Juneau: The City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission tabled its discussion of zoning regulations for marijuana businesses, the Juneau Empire reported. ARIZONA Tucson: The City Council is again considering changes to its sidewalk ordinances as homeless encampments continue to grow in the downtown area, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Some of the proposed changes include limiting the size of items that can be stored on sidewalks and prohibiting items on sidewalks that are part of an underpass.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: Federal aviation officials said they won’t pay the $5 million to $6 million cost to replace a safety structure at the local airport. The engineered materials arresting system is designed to stop aircraft overruns and was installed after a 1999 incident, the Arkansas Dem
CALIFORNIA Fresno: Lions, tigers and other cats big and small were evacuated because of a wildfire. Cat Haven in Fresno County closed temporarily, KFSN reported. COLORADO Denver: A wildfire closed Interstate 25 from Wellington to the Wyoming state line Saturday evening, KUSA-TV reported. CONNECTICUT Hartford: A petition urging state lawmakers to change the icon and wording on handicapped parking signs has garnered about 800 signatures online in the past three weeks, the New Haven Register reported. The petition asks lawmakers to update the image that appears on handicapped parking signs and to change the word “handicapped” to “reserved” on the signs.
DELAWARE Dover: Concentrations of pollutants linked to cancers and neurological disorders have started to drop in some waters in the northern part of the state, prompting state officials to ease fish consumption advisories in four waterways, The News
Journal reported. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Mayor Muriel Bowser advised residents and those who commute into the city to work from home when Pope Francis visits later this month, The Washington Post reported.
FLORIDA Manatee County: A small plane flying into Sarasota-Bradenton Airport made an emergency landing on U.S. 301, WTSP-TV reported.
GEORGIA Savannah: A feature film entitled Gifted and starring Chris Evans will be filmed here, the Savannah Morning News reported. Evans is best known for starring in the Captain America and Avengers film franchises.
HAWAII Kailua- Kona: A young monk seal pup found abandoned during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey of Niihau is being treated at a center on the Big Island, West
Hawaii Today reported.
IDAHO Sandpoint: The city will be able to trap and humanely euthanize deer on airport property, The Bonner County Daily Bee reported.
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IOWA Ames: GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker took advantage of a condensed cross-section of Iowans to do some glad-handing at the Iowa-Iowa State game Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium, The Regis
KANSAS Conway Springs: Vandals have targeted multiple cemeteries here, KAKE-TV reported. Police Chief Kelley Zellner said cemeteries on the town’s south, north and east side have been targets.
KENTUCKY Fort Mitchell: The Bellevue City Council accepted a proposal by Cincinnati developer Kent Hardman to turn the historic Marianne Theater into a brewery, The Kentucky Enquirer reported. The site has sat vacant for 17 years. LOUISIANA Monroe: The local fire department added four new vehicles to its fleet, including its first elevated platform tower truck, The News-Star reported.
MAINE Sanford: Southern Maine Health Care will end overnight hospital care here due to low patient volume, the Portland
Press Herald reported. MARYLAND Princess Anne: Jesse Jackson received the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Presidential Medal Award during the university’s 129th Founder’s Day. In his keynote speech, Jackson talked about football returning to campus and to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Daily Times reported.
MASSACHUSETTS Buckland: A 49-year-old man was charged with illegally cutting down and selling more than $2,600 worth of trees harvested on state land.
The Recorder reported that Stephen Smith was arraigned on charges including unlicensed forest commercial cutting and larceny.
MICHIGAN Sterling Heights: After weeks of contentious debate, the planning commission of Sterling Heights voted 9-0 to reject building a mosque on 15 Mile between Ryan and Mound roads, Detroit Free Press reported.
MINNESOTA Minneapolis: The Minnesota Orchestra announced that it balanced its budget for fiscal 2015, the Star Tribune reported. Since ending a 16-month lockout, the orchestra will take a trip to Cuba in May and a return to recording. MISSISSIPPIleaders approved Summit:a 22% Local increase in Enterprise-Journalwater and sewer rates, reported.the
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MONTANA Billings: A Rocky Mountain College student is in intensive care after a horse she was riding died and rolled over her, The Billings Gazette reported.
NEBRASKA Columbus: The City Council has been criticized about its plan to spend more than $300,000 on a golf cart storage building, The Columbus Telegram reported.
NEVADA Reno: Local police officers will receive a salary increase under a new $39 million labor contract approved by city officials, the Reno Gazette-Jour
NEW HAMPSHIRE Franklin: The town’s decision to reinstate a curfew for kids may have drawn opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union — but some residents support it. They told
The Concord Monitor that the
curfew is necessary. NEW JERSEY Toms River: A former athletic trainer at Barnegat High School used his pension to repay the more than $23,000 he stole from his teachers union before a judge placed him on probation, the Asbury Park Press reported.
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: A pregnant woman is suing Dairy Queen because she said a worker beat her over an ice cream complaint, KRQE-TV reported.
NEW YORK New City: A Nanuet landscaper was killed while cutting down a tree here last week, police said. Unique Occena, 51, who also performed as a comedian under the name “G Unique,” died while working at a home, police said. He was struck by a falling tree branch, The Journal
News reported. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Solar power advocates said a report affirmed the need to extend the state’s tax credit on renewable energy investments, WRAL.com reported. Environment North Carolina said the state ranked fourth-highest nationwide in total solar electric capacity. NORTH DAKOTA Minot: Residential construction here is slowing. Through August of this year, permits were filed for 80 singlefamily residences, 27 townhomes and 96 apartment units, the Mi
not Daily News reported. That compares to year-to-date numbers of 123 single-family residences, 16 townhomes and 338 apartments in 2014.
OHIO Cincinnati: Winners of the 21st annual Rubber Duck Regatta are donating their prizes back to the Freestore Foodbank, which organizes the event, The
Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: Data show that turnover among local school district principals is costing the system $1.2 million a year, The Oklahoman reported.
OREGON Eugene: Local school board members are considering an exclusive-rights agreement that would put varsity players in Nike uniforms, the Register
The Morning Call reported that the National Museum of Industrial History and Lehigh University have reached a tentative settlement involving a legal tussle over a $5.5 million trust for a long-delayed industrial museum.
RHODE ISLAND Middleton: More than $5,000 was stolen from a youth football league here,
The Newport Daily News reported. The theft occurred at the Pop Warner League’s concession and storage shack near Gaudet Middle School. SOUTH CAROLINA Savannah: Federal energy officials should abandon the expensive and unfinished plutonium recycling facility at Savannah River, according to a group of nuclear weapons experts. The mixedoxide fuel fabrication facility, known as MOX, is designed to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power reactors, but it is over budget and behind schedule, The Greenville
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: An education task force appointed by Gov. Daugaard found that about half of all aspiring teachers graduating from state colleges leave the state after earning their degrees, the Argus Leader reported.
TENNESSEE Nashville: Actressturned-entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon is opening the first brick-and-mortar store for her new lifestyle brand Draper James in Nashville’s 12South neighborhood, The Tennessean reported.
TEXAS Galveston: Hundreds of lionfish were removed from the Gulf of Mexico off Texas in an effort to control the invasive population. The Galveston County
Daily News reported that the effort is meant to protect the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
UTAH Salt Lake City: Utah Transit Authority officials expanded service on the TRAX light-rail. The Salt Lake City
Tribune reported that Sunday hours for TRAX light-rail service on all three lines will run from about 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays, and the S-line streetcar will now run the same hours as TRAX.
VERMONT Burlington: Vermont has become the final state to legalize electronic prescribing for all controlled substances. New rules by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy will open the way for electronic prescribing of highly addictive painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. The changes take effect Tuesday, Burlington Free
VIRGINIA Lynchburg: Students at private Christian schools in the local area will no longer have the opportunity to earn up to a full scholarship from Liberty University, The News & Advance reported. Liberty President Jerry Falwell said the executive committee of the university’s board recently decided to end the scholarship program. WASHINGTON Bremerton: Detectives used Facebook to nab a suspect in several robberies at Walgreens, the Kitsap Sun reported. They saw photos on the suspect’s Facebook page of him wearing the same clothes he wore during the crimes.
WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: Holiday travelers kept toll workers on the West Virginia Turnpike busy over the Labor Day weekend. The Charleston Gazette
Mail reported that toll workers handled about 32,000 more transactions that they did during the same four-day period in 2014. That’s an increase of 7.4%.
WISCONSIN Menasha: The former president of the Menasha Employees Credit Union was charged with theft for stealing nearly $50,000 from the organization. Mark Jesse, 60, was terminated from his position in September 2013 for “gross misconduct,” The (Appleton, Wis.)
Post-Crescent reported. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
WYOMING Gillette: The City Council nixed a proposed ordinance that would have allowed residents to raise chickens in their backyards, the Gillette News
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