News from across the USA

- Compiled by Tim Wendel and Nicole Gill, with Mike Gottschame­r and Ben Sheffler. Design by Mallory Redinger. Graphics by Alejandro Gonzalez.

ALABAMA Mobile: Airbus is opening its first U.S. manufactur­ing plant here. The $600 million complex is expected to employ as many as 1,000 people once production begins later this year. ALASKA Juneau: A 71-year-old tugboat that started as a U.S. Army vehicle in World War II and later was a “bunk and breakfast” in Seattle sank. The Juneau Em

pire reported that the 96-foot Challenger went down in the Gastineau Channel. ARIZONA Gila Bend: Flooding here trapped as many as 10 cars and up to 30 passengers, KPHOTV reported. ARKANSAS Jonesboro: Some officials are supporting legislatio­n that would extend term lengths for elected county officials from two years to four. The Jonesboro

Sun reported that several Craighead County officials said two-year terms hamper their ability to provide services to residents and force them to constantly campaign. CALIFORNIA Jurupa Valley: Riverside County officials are searching for missing animals and a culprit after a break-in at the animal shelter here left at least three dogs dead and 12 more missing, the Press-Enterprise reported. COLORADO Fort Collins: A 58-year-old mentally disabled man who was last seen at Hughes Stadium was missing Saturday night, the Coloradoan reported. Kenneth Jewett was dropped off at the Colorado State University home football game early Saturday afternoon by his family, and when they returned to pick him up, Jewett could not be found, said CSU police spokeswoma­n Dell Rae Ciaravola. CONNECTICU­T Danbury: Local schools are introducin­g new anti-violence programs developed by the Sandy Hook Promise organizati­on, the News-Times reported. DELAWARE Dover: Police charged the former Dover Little League president with stealing more than $4,000 from the league during his time in office,

The News Journal reported. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The city’s 110th homicide of the year occurred on Sunday, The Wash

ington Post reported. In all of last year, the District recorded 104 homicides. FLORIDA Cape Canaveral: SpaceX announced winning two contracts to launch Spanish and Saudi communicat­ions satellites from here in 2017 and 2018, Flori

da Today reported. GEORGIA Macon: A teenager was charged in the shooting death of another teen in central Georgia. Media outlets report that Kaleb Oliver Greene, 18, was arrested after authoritie­s found a 17-year-old boy dead with a gunshot wound. HAWAII Honolulu: Bees have been swarming on Hawaii and some experts said El Niño may be responsibl­e, KITV-TV reported. IDAHO Boise: Panera Bread plans to open seven new restaurant­s in the state by early next year, the Idaho Statesman reported. ILLINOIS Chicago: Amtrak will offer roll-on, roll-off bike service for its daily Capitol Limited trains between here and Washington, the Chicago Tribune reported. For $20, cyclists will be allowed to roll their bikes onto a train and lock them onto a rack. INDIANA New Castle: A motorist is accused of biting a pedestrian whom moments earlier she had struck with her car. Taylor Groce, 22, was charged last week with battery resulting in bodily injury and failure to stop after an

accident, The Star Press reported. IOWA Iowa City: A horror movie broke out Saturday night as about 100 zombies took to the streets of downtown, The Press

Citizen reported. Well, not real zombies, but dozens of people clad in green, gray and red makeup swayed and moaned their way through Iowa City as apart of the 10th annual Zombie March. KANSAS Wichita: About 200 firefighte­rs from 45 department­s climbed the stairs of the Epic Center here to honor the fallen fire crews from 9/11, The Wichita

Eagle reported. KENTUCKY Hazard: The University of Kentucky’s freshman class has exceeded 5,000 students for the second year in a row, The

Lexington Herald-Leader reported. That brings UK’s total enrollment to 30,704. LOUISIANA Houma: Terrebonne Parish Schools Superinten­dent Philip Martin said he won’t meet a deadline set by the school board on proposing an updated facilities master plan to deal with aging school buildings, The Couri

er reported. MAINE Brunswick: The Maine National Guard opened its $23.5 million readiness center here with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center is home to about 200 soldiers from the 133rd Engineer Battalion headquarte­rs, the Forward Support Company, and the 1035th Survey and Design Team. MARYLAND La Plata: Four months after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a swing, his mother has been indicted on charges of manslaught­er and child abuse, WUSA-TV reported. MASSACHUSE­TTS Boston: Trial court officials have agreed to throw out the results of an essay exam that most state Probation Department test takers failed.

The Boston Globe reported the scores will now be “considered” during candidate evaluation­s for those who are seeking promotions. MICHIGAN Detroit: A mercury spill caused by a dropped thermomete­r at the Northeast Water Treatment Plant has caused no contaminat­ion, the Detroit Free

Press reported. MINNESOTA Makato: Minnesota’s loon population is stable at an estimated 4,800 breeding pairs, but their numbers are weaker in southern parts of the state, the

Mankato Free Press reported. MISSISSIPP­I Ridgeland: Developer Andrew Mattiace is defending his decision to get a chancery judge to seal records relating to his plans to use state subsidies for a shopping center here, The Clar

ion-Ledger reported. MISSOURI Kansas City: Investigat­ors continue seeking informatio­n about an incident over Labor Day weekend in which a family coming home from a holiday gathering had their car hit by at least 13 bullets,

The Kansas City Star reported. MONTANA Kalispell: A Whitefish man who skipped his sentencing hearing for shooting at two motorcycli­sts last summer was arrested in California, the

Flathead Beacon reported. Christophe­r Showen was arrested for bail jumping in Vacaville, Calif., on Sept. 2 and will be returned to Montana. NEBRASKA Omaha: Driving instructor­s at Metropolit­an Community College said the arrival of three new trucks will help students learn about driving a semi trailer. NEVADA Las Vegas: Two people died after a shooting in the east end of the Las Vegas Valley. KVVU-TV reported that police are searching for the gunman in a shooting on Boulder Highway. NEW HAMPSHIRE Lebanon: The Library Board of Trustees here plans to discuss whether to continue a pilot program that allows Web users to remain anonymous, citing concerns over criminal activity. The library was the first in the country to use the anonymous Web technology, the

New Hampshire Union Leader

reported. NEW JERSEY Wall: Three gas station workers were robbed at gunpoint at a Sunoco in the Garden State Parkway’s Monmouth Service Area, the Asbury Park

Press reported. NEW MEXICO Albuquerqu­e: Valencia County is paying cleaners $5,000 to remove the mess created by a swarm of swallows, KOB-TV reported. (Rocky Mountain Window Cleaners visited the courthouse to scrape the birds’ nests off the wall one by one. NEW YORK Apalachin: Family and friends of a longtime patron and volunteer at the Apalachin Library have establishe­d a memo- rial fund to promote reading and education, the Press and Sun

Bulletin reported. NORTH CAROLINA Asheville: Building owners have until Sept. 30 to apply for a free graffiti cleanup program, the Citizen

Times reported. The City Council offered to help property owners with a free graffiti removal program that offers one-time cleaning up to $500. NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: North Dakota State University is holding a required workshop for more than 3,000 incoming students that focuses on sexual assault prevention, WDAY-TV reported. OHIO Cincinnati: The gas station where a man attempting a robbery died after police shocked him with a Taser has long been a hive of activity for both consumers and criminals. Police were called nearly 2,000 times in two years to the Shell station, The

Cincinnati Enquirer reported. OKLAHOMA Tulsa: Deer feeders, deployed by hunters, are attracting black blears, the Tulsa

World reported. “We’re already getting calls about bears on feeders this season,” said Craig Endicott, northeast region wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservati­on. OREGON Eugene: Kaiser Permanente will open a medical and dental clinic here next year, the

Register-Guard reported. PENNSYLVAN­IA Pittsburgh: A duplex gutted by a fire, which injured two firefighte­rs, was scheduled to be demolished. RHODE ISLAND Providence: A stranded driver seeking help was seriously injured after being struck by another car here, WPRI-TV reported. Police said the woman was hit on Allens Avenue. SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: Hundreds attended a public viewing at Springfiel­d Baptist Church to pay their respects to Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of Jesse Jackson Sr., the Green

ville News reported. SOUTH DAKOTA Brookings: Local resident Al Heuton has invented a “portable wind-powered sailing vessel,” the Brookings

Register reported. The boat is 10 feet wide and 18 feet long, has no bolts and only three pins that hold up the mast stays. Its parts slip together and can be brought apart for transporta­tion or storage purposes.

TENNESSEE Williamson Coun

ty: Country music star and American Humane Associatio­n Ambassador Naomi Judd is partnering with the Sheriff ’s Office here to buy a patrol and explosive-detection dog, the sheriff announced. Sheriff Jeff Long said the need comes after the county experience­d 12 bomb threats at local schools over a two-week period in the 2014-15 calendar year, The Tennessean reported. TEXAS Frisco: A 6-year-old girl was rescued by firefighte­rs from inside the arcade “claw” game after she entered the machine to fetch a prize. She was dared by her sister to crawl through the small opening but soon realized she couldn’t get out, the Houston

Chronicle reported. UTAH Salt Lake City: Officials said three people in Salt Lake County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Deseret

News reported. VERMONT Burlington: A burglar was caught as he fled a store with a cash register and computer, police said. Police responded to a call from a resident reporting a possible burglary at the Brixton Halaal store. Robert Gines-Reyes, 33, was jailed on the felony burglary charge, the Burlington Free

Press reported. VIRGINIA Grundy: A movie starring Grundy native Ryan O’Quinn will be filmed here. The

Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported that producers originally planned to film the movie in Pennsylvan­ia, but O’Quinn persuaded them to take a look at Grundy. WASHINGTON Olympia: Officials are allowing free access to all state parks on Sept. 26. The State Park “free day” is in recognitio­n of the 22nd anniversar­y of national Park Lands Day — the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. WEST VIRGINIA Chapmanvil­le: State wildlife officials announced the creation of two new wildlife management areas as part of an effort to re-establish elk herds in Weat Virginia. The Charleston

Gazette-Mail reported that the wildlife agency still needs to determine where to obtain elk. WISCONSIN Green Bay: Johnsonvil­le and Delaware North teamed up to set an unofficial record: They grilled the world’s longest brat, the Green Bay Press

Gazette reported. Using a 360foot grill, 225 pounds of meat, 225 bags of charcoal and a host of volunteers, they grilled a bratwurst that was 120 yards long, long enough to stretch from goalpost to goalpost in Lambeau Field. The Guinness Book of

World Records already has a record for lengthy sausage, at 39 miles, and wouldn’t sanction a record for a specific type of sausage, organizers said. WYOMING Cheyenne: A panel is recommendi­ng that Wyoming spend nearly $40 million to improve a communicat­ions system used by first responders in the state, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. The Wyoming Public Safety Communicat­ions Commission made the recommenda­tion to the Legislatur­e regarding the system known as WyoLink.

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