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ALABAMA Birmingham: A drug raid carried out by state police and county deputies led to the seizure of 2 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $90,000, as well as guns and vehicles and cash, AL.com reported. ALASKA Fairbanks: State health officials warned residents to be wary of mountain stream water as September usually sees an increased number of giardiasis infections, sometimes called “beaver fever,” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. ARIZONA East Valley: The Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office arrested three 18-year-olds accused of a “copycat” incident in which car windows were shot out with projectiles, The Arizona Republic reported. The Department of Public Safety is investigating 11 freeway shootings that have taken place along Interstate 10 since Aug. 29. ARKANSAS Strong: Herring Furniture was awarded the National Buyer Appreciation Award from the Tupelo Furniture Market in Mississippi, a popular destination for furniture buyers from all over the country, Arkansas Online reported. CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Authorities tried to determine the identity of a dead man found inside an unplugged refrigerator in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home that doubled as a marijuana grow-house, the Times reported. COLORADO Larimer County: Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp., the nonprofit charged with helping bring jobs to the county, is closing its doors, the Coloradoan reported. CONNECTICUT Stonington: A teacher at a local elementary school resigned following two drunken driving allegations in less than a year, The Day reported. Anne Collette taught first grade and had been in Stonington for 18 years. DELAWARE Wilmington: A clinic here will stop doing surgical abortions, ending a state quest for it to seek national accreditation or close, The News Journal reported. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Amy Glasmeier, a professor at MIT, created an interactive map called “The Living Wage Calculator,” which shows the hourly rate an individual needs to earn to support a family in every county, the
Post reported. The map shows the East Coast, especially the high-cost urban areas of Washington and New York, are some of the most challenging places for minimum-wage workers. FLORIDA Melbourne: Torontobased Porter Airlines has selected Melbourne International Airport for its first Florida market destination, Florida Today reported. The weekly service, aimed at tourists, begins Dec. 19 and initially will run through April 30, 2016. GEORGIA Johns Creek: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution warned readers that Old Alabama Road will be “hell on earth for a while.” A road-widening project will mean lane closures and shifted traffic, and the project is not slated for completion until the end of 2016. HAWAII Honolulu: Local rail officials are having construction firms create their own design plans for the second half of the island’s 20-mile transit project, despite having spent more than $100 million in final design plans, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. IDAHO Clark Fork: The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed Scotchman Peak Trail over concerns about aggressive moun- tain goats after one animal bit a hiker and others reportedly tried to head-butt or charge visitors, the Daily Bee reported. ILLINOIS Chicago: A Loop restaurant apologized to a military veteran after asking him and his service dog to leave, the Chicago
Tribune reported. Diggs Brown, who said he was retired from the Army Special Forces, intended to eat breakfast Saturday at Cochon Volant. He said he was told he could not be in the restaurant with Arthur Barker Black, a black Lab he said helps with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. INDIANA Indianapolis: Citing potential harm to honeybees and flawed data, a federal appeals court has canceled approval of an agricultural insecticide made by Indianapolis-based Dow Agro-Sciences, The Indianapolis Star reported. IOWA Des Moines: Four presidential candidates will attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner next month — including frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, The Des Moines Register reported. The dinner will be held Oct. 24. KANSAS Topeka: Local law enforcement agencies are stressing the need for parents to buckle up their kids whenever they get in the car, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Child safety seats and booster seats need to be installed and used properly to ensure they keep youngsters safe. KENTUCKY Frankfort: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to visit Louisville on Sept. 24 for an afternoon fundraising reception to benefit the Republican Party of Kentucky, The Courier-Journal reported. LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: Jack, a dog that bit two neighbors, is not “vicious” and will not be euthanized, a committee determined. However, the committee that handles dangerous animal complaints said Jack’s owners have to take extra steps to keep him contained, The Times-Picayune reported. MAINE Portland: A Catholic Church here held a “Blue Mass” to honor first responders and those who’ve died in the line of duty, WCSH-TV reported. Police, firefighters and other public safety officers from across the state gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday. MARYLAND Princess Anne: Since Saturday, Princess Anne Post Office customers have been served at a small mobile unit while the building the post office is housed in awaits repairs to a failed sewer line, the Daily Times reported. MASSACHUSETTS Boston: Registration for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon opened Monday. Organizers say registration will close for the week on Saturday night and will reopen Sept. 21-23 if the field size of 30,000 entrants hasn’t been reached. MICHIGAN Marquette County: A state resident has contracted the rare, life-threatening bubonic plague — the first documented case in Michigan’s public health history, Detroit Free Press reported. MINNESOTA St. Paul: About half of the 1,600 original pieces designed for the Minnesota Capitol have gone missing over the last century. Now, as a $309 million restoration moves toward completion in 2017, state officials are trying to find them, Minnesota Public Radio reported. MISSISSIPPI Natchez: Local aldermen have signed a letter of intent that could put the renovation of the Broadway Street depot on a faster track, the Natchez Democrat reported. MISSOURI Galena: One suspect in the deaths of a Michigan couple in southwest Missouri has pleaded guilty to a related felony charge. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Anthony Zarro, 19, pleaded guilty to firstdegree burglary. MONTANA Kalispell: Suspected drug dealers are no longer welcome on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the Flathead Beacon reported. The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has voted to banish accused drug dealers or “undesirables” from the reservation, saying federal prosecutors aren’t doing enough to pursue cases against them. NEBRASKA South Sioux City: The city installed a permanent outdoor movie screen near Missouri River with parking for hundreds of cars, The Sioux City Journal reported. NEVADA Reno: Vandals have been lobbing watermelons at cars in a local neighborhood, KOLOTV reported. NEW HAMPSHIRE Bow: Authorities are looking for the owner of an emu that has been spotted wandering the area, The Boston Globe reported. Police have received four calls last weekend from people who reported seeing the emu. NEW JERSEY Highland Park: A North Plainfield woman has settled her lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts for more than $500,000 after falling in the parking lot and spilling hot coffee on her face and neck, the Courier-News reported. NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico is hosting an art show meant to highlight police brutality and gun violence. KRQE-TV reported that the Necessary Force: Art in the Police State will run until Dec. 12. NEW YORK Elmira: The bronze plaque of author and humorist Mark Twain that was stolen from Woodlawn Cemetery last winter, has been reinstalled, the Star Gazette reported. The 15-pound, bronze bust of Twain, a nom de plume for Samuel Langhorne Clemens who wrote many of his famous works during 20 summers in Elmira, was stolen between late December and early January and recovered Feb. 6. NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina researchers received an $11.3 million grant to conduct studies on the use of nanoparticles to create cancer vaccines and improve cancer drug delivery, The News & Observer reported. NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: The U.S. Forest Service is looking to increase the number of prairie dogs on the Little Missouri National Grasslands, The Bismarck Tribune reported. OHIO Cincinnati: Country music singer-songwriter David Allan Coe pleaded guilty in federal court in Cincinnati to income tax evasion and owes the IRS more than $466,000, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. OKLAHOMA Weatherford: The town is grappling with the estimated cost of $1 million to fix several sinkholes that appeared after heavy rainfall in May, The Oklahoman reported. OREGON Portland: Chemists at Portland State University have been granted $3.5 million in federal funding to study the po- tential dangers of e-cigarettes, The Oregonian reported. PENNSYLVANIA Allentown: State police say a man aimed a shotgun at a trooper before the trooper shot him on a golf course, The Express-Times reported. RHODE ISLAND Portsmouth: Three boats caught fire, causing two to sink, near Narragansett Bay. The cause is under investigation. SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: Some knew Helen Burns Jackson as a hairdresser or choir member. Most knew her as the mother of Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist. At her funeral Monday, former president Bill Clinton told hundreds gathered at Springfield Baptist Church, “Your mother was a national treasure,” The Greenville News reported. SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: State farmers are expected to produce a record soybean crop. Forecasts call for the soybean crop at 233 million bushels, up 1% from last year. TENNESSEE Nashville: After 16 years, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Half Marathon is changing its tune. The annual event owned by Competitor Group is now the St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & Half Marathon, The Tennessean reported. TEXAS Amarillo: Authorities were searching for a man after three law enforcement officers were injured during a traffic stop. None of the injuries were lifethreatening. UTAH St. George: Authorities are warning residents about potentially harmful bacteria found in the drinking water at the Fort Pierce Industrial Park. VERMONT Montpelier: Vermont Democratic Party leaders have changed the language of their bylaws to accommodate transgender people. “Acknowledging as a major political party that the human race is not gender binary is the right thing to do,” said Selene Hofer-Shall, who worked on the new language, Burlington Free Press reported. VIRGINIA Richmond: The administration of Mayor Dwight Jones said the city struggles to maintain basic services, the Times-Dispatch reported. Requests for bulk trash pickup are stagnating and the police force is understaffed, according to a report submitted to the City Council. WASHINGTON Port Angeles: Two men were accused of stealing gas from a marked Clallam County Sheriff ’s Office vehicle as it was parked in courthouse parking lot, The Peninsula Daily News reported. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The West Virginia Intervention on Meth Labs Committee wants state lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban stores from selling some cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient, the Gazette-Mail reported. WISCONSIN Green Bay: The store clerk at the time of a Labor Day armed robbery in Mishicot that later led to the police-involved shooting death of suspect Dustin Kuik has been charged. Raeana M. Nagy, 24, of Maribel, has been charged with possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and unauthorized use of personal ID information, the Manitowoc County Sheriff ’s Office announced Sept. 14. WYOMING Cheyenne: The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days drew 266,030 people, just missing the attendance record set in 1996.