STATE-BY-STATE

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports by Joe Tay­lor. De­sign by Mal­lory Redinger. Graph­ics by Ale­jan­dro Gon­za­lez.

News from across the USA

ALABAMA Huntsville: NASA says con­struc­tion is fin­ished in Huntsville on a 221-foot-tall, twin-tower stand that will be used to test hard­ware for the space agency’s new rocket that even­tu­ally will take as­tro­nauts into deep space.

ALASKA An­chor­age: The Alaska vil­lage of New­tok has asked Pres­i­dent Obama for a dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion be­cause of on­go­ing ero­sion and thaw­ing per­mafrost brought on by warmer tem­per­a­tures.

ARIZONA No­gales: A slow­mov­ing ru­n­away train crashed into a bor­der fence in Arizona after leav­ing Mex­ico un­manned. Union Pa­cific Rail­road says it’s un­clear how the train took off with­out a con­duc­tor.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: A ma­jor­ity of Arkansas’ work-re­lated deaths in 2015 were linked to trans­porta­tion, The South­west Times Record re­ports.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Buena Park: Cal­i­for­nia amuse­ment park Knott’s Berry Farm plans to sell an­i­ma­tron­ics and other mem­o­ra­bilia at an auc­tion. The Orange County

Reg­is­ter re­ports that the auc­tion will have more than a dozen coin-op­er­ated player pi­anos.

COLORADO Colorado Springs: The na­tion’s largest fire­fight­ing air­craft has been ap­proved to fight wild­fires on fed­eral land.

The Gazette re­ports that the con­verted freighter can carry up to 19,600 gal­lons of re­tar­dant or wa­ter for 4,000 miles.

CON­NECTI­CUT Sims­bury: Mem­bers of an an­i­mal rights group res­cued a deer that was chased by coy­otes onto the frozen Farm­ing­ton River and be­came trapped in ice. The res­cuers tossed dirt onto the ice to help the deer get its foot­ing.

DELAWARE Dover: A for­mer Se­cret Service of­fi­cer has agreed to plead guilty to try­ing to so­licit sex from an un­der­cover Delaware State Po­lice agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA: For the first time in six decades, a new voice will lead this year’s pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ral pa­rade. Char­lie Brot­man, 89, has been the an­nouncer for ev­ery in­au­gu­ral pa­rade since 1957. But Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump’s Pres­i­den­tial In­au­gu­ral Com­mit­tee picked a new lead an­nouncer.

FLOR­IDA Homestead: State agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials say New World screw­worm has been found for the first time in decades on Flor­ida’s main­land in a stray dog. A search is be­ing con­ducted for screw­worm flies and other pos­si­bly infected an­i­mals.

GEORGIA St. Mary’s: This Georgia coastal city is get­ting ready for cam­era crews from the TV show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.

The News of Brunswick re­ports that pro­duc­ers plan to use a city park and the St. Marys River as back­drops.

HAWAII Honolulu: A new film will high­light two World War II units that were made up mostly of Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans. The

Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ports that work on the film, “Go for Broke,” started Dec. 11.

IDAHO Boise: As­tro­naut and teacher Bar­bara Mor­gan is the first re­cip­i­ent of Idaho’s high­est civil­ian honor. Mor­gan flew on the En­deavor shut­tle in 2007.

ILLINOIS Quincy: Fi­nan­cially chal­lenged Quincy Univer­sity has re­ceived $1 mil­lion from an anony­mous donor. The Quincy Her­ald

Whig re­ports that the school is in a five-year re­cov­ery plan fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tion in Oc­to­ber of a $5 mil­lion bud­get deficit.

IN­DI­ANA Bloom­ing­ton: The gov­ern­ing body of Delta Tau Delta has sus­pended the char­ter of the fra­ter­nity’s chap­ter at In­di­ana Univer­sity Bloom­ing­ton fol­low­ing prob­lems with haz­ing.

IOWA Ames: Iowa State Univer­sity in­sect ex­perts say an ex­ten­sive sur­veil­lance project last year found that the two mos­quito species most linked to Zika virus aren’t es­tab­lished in the state.

KANSAS Topeka: Kansas Chief Jus­tice Lawton Nuss warns that the state Supreme Court could be forced to close ex­tra days if law­mak­ers cut the ju­di­cial sys­tem’s bud­get. Nuss says the court’s main op­tion for re­duc­ing spend­ing is to force court em­ploy­ees to take un­paid days off.

KENTUCKY Beaver Dam: More than a dozen peo­ple lost their jobs after a welcome cen­ter and rest area along the Wen­dell FordWestern Kentucky Park­way closed last week­end.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: A fed­eral law­suit ac­cuses Louisiana prison of­fi­cials of re­tal­i­at­ing against an in­mate for cor­re­spond­ing with a reporter whose sto­ries were crit­i­cal of the state cor­rec­tions depart­ment. The suit says Wil­liam Kissinger was moved from the Louisiana State Pen­i­ten­tiary at An­gola into soli­tary con­fine­ment at an­other prison.

MAINE Gar­diner: An­them Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Maine’s in­sur­ance su­per­in­ten­dent over its fail­ure to ad­e­quately track and re­spond to cus­tomer com­plaints.

MARY­LAND Cr­is­field: Mary­land’s ice cut­ter came to the res­cue of Smith Is­land. The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay is­land is ac­ces­si­ble only by boat or air, and thick­en­ing ice was block­ing trips by ferry and mail boats.

MASSACHUSETTS Amherst: Stu­dents and alumni at Amherst Col­lege have nar­rowed the choice of a new team mas­cot to 30 semi­fi­nal­ists — and it could soon come down to “Go Ham­sters Go!” Sup­port­ers note that Ham­ster is an ana­gram for Amherst.

MICHIGAN Sag­i­naw: The U.S. Supreme Court is be­ing asked to in­ter­vene in the case of a man who wants to use a video recorder at Sag­i­naw County courts. Robert McKay wants the jus­tices to de­clare a First Amend­ment right to record what hap­pens in courts.

MINNESOTA Hart­land: A barn fire killed thou­sands of pigs on a Minnesota farm. The Al­bert Lea

Tri­bune re­ports that as many as 8,000 pigs died after the build­ing caught fire and even­tu­ally col­lapsed. No peo­ple were hurt.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Biloxi: Biloxi plan­ners have given ini­tial ap­proval to a de­vel­op­ment that could even­tu­ally have 14,000 res­i­dents. The

Sun Her­ald re­ports that the 626acre Belle la Vie de­vel­op­ment is planned north of In­ter­state 10 in the ru­ral Wool­mar­ket area, which Biloxi has an­nexed.

MISSOURI St. Louis: For the first time in nearly a decade, the St. Louis city school dis­trict is fully ac­cred­ited by the state of Missouri. One state ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sion mem­ber likened the im­prove­ment to “turn­ing around the Ti­tanic.”

MONTANA Butte: A bro­ken wa­ter pipe caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to a Montana Tech build­ing.

The Montana Stan­dard re­ports that the flood­ing be­gan on the third floor of the Frank and Ann Gil­more Univer­sity Re­la­tions Cen­ter.

NEBRASKA Lin­coln: The Univer­sity of Nebraska-Lin­coln is open­ing a food pantry on cam­pus. KETV re­ports that the Huskers Help­ing Huskers Pantry Plus re­sults from a sur­vey that showed three of ev­ery 10 stu­dents re­port oc­ca­sion­ally wor­ry­ing about hav­ing enough food.

NEVADA Reno: Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a week­end break-in at the Washoe County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice. It’s not yet clear if any­thing was taken from the morgue, The Reno Gazette

Jour­nal re­ports.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Con­cord: A New Hampshire law­maker is propos­ing a bill that could keep Rus­sian vodka off the shelves of state liquor stores. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Jeff Wood­burn also wants the state re­tire­ment sys­tem to re­con­sider whether it should have in­vest­ments in Rus­sian com­pa­nies.

NEW JERSEY Cam­den: A baby blue pen­guin is the lat­est ar­rival at Ad­ven­ture Aquar­ium in Cam­den. The aquar­ium says the chick was born in a nest­ing box on Dec. 3 and since then has grown to more than two pounds.

NEW MEX­ICO Roswell: New Mex­ico is pro­vid­ing a $1 mil­lion grant to help Roswell build a new roof for its largest city-owned hangar. The up­grade is ex­pected to cre­ate 70 new jobs, The Ros

well Daily Record re­ports.

NEW YORK New York: Dozens of women who visit in­mates at New York City jails say they’ve been sub­jected to de­mean­ing and il­le­gal strip searches. WNYC Ra­dio and The In­ter­cept re­port that the city has re­ceived at least 83 com­plaints about such searches since 2010.

NORTH CAROLINA Durham: A char­ter school in Durham re­ports that 160 of its 399 grad­u­ates re­ceived diplo­mas be­tween 2008 and 2016 with no ev­i­dence that they met all re­quire­ments. The State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has rec­om­mended that the Durham County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice de­ter­mine whether it should in­ves­ti­gate Kestrel Heights.

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: The chair­man of North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reser­va­tion has re­newed threats to pull out of a rev­enue shar­ing agree­ment with the state. Three Af­fil­i­ated Tribes Chair­man Mark Fox says leg­is­la­tion that would cut tax in­creases for pro­duc­ers if oil prices re­bound above $90 a bar­rel vi­o­lates the agree­ment.

OHIO Cincin­nati: The Cincin­nati Zoo says one of its Nile hip­pos is preg­nant and ex­pected to de­liver some­time in March. Hippi momto-be Bibi, 17, and her male com­pan­ion, 35-year-old Henry, have been breed­ing since the open­ing of the Hippo Cove ex­hibit in July 2016.

OKLAHOMA Slapout: A wild­fire that broke out this week in the Oklahoma Pan­han­dle and spread rapidly be­cause of high wind is con­tained, Beaver County Emer­gency Man­age­ment says.

OREGON Port­land: A Port­land woman died of hy­pother­mia three months after be­ing evicted from the low-in­come apart­ment where she had lived for 10 years.

The Ore­go­nian/ Ore­gonLive re­ports that Karen Lee Batts, 52, died in a park­ing garage dur­ing a stretch of be­low-freez­ing tem­per­a­tures ear­lier this month.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Scran­ton: The city’s Hou­dini Mu­seum that hon­ors il­lu­sion­ist Harry Hou­dini is rais­ing money for a lim­it­e­drelease Mo­nop­oly-like board game for col­lec­tors. In case you’re won­der­ing, Hou­dini won’t get out of jail free — he’ll get out of prison to avoid copy­right is­sues.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: The Rhode Is­land Supreme Court has up­held a de­ci­sion giv­ing the Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of New­port County zon­ing ap­proval to build a vis­i­tors cen­ter at The Breakers. But many mem­bers of the Van­der­bilt fam­ily, which built the his­toric ocean­side man­sion, op­pose the plans.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: South Carolina trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials say three new bridges have opened in Rich­land County to re­place three that were dam­aged by floods in Oc­to­ber 2015.

SOUTH DAKOTA Avon: A com­pany that pro­posed a 201-megawatt wind farm near Avon last year has a new plan for 13 smaller South Dakota projects. The Yank

ton Daily Press & Dakotan re­ports that the projects in Bon Homme and Charles Mix coun­ties range from 6.8 megawatts to 20 megawatts.

TENNESSEE Al­coa: No stu­dents were in­jured when a Tennessee school bus burst into flames shortly after its driver no­ticed smoke and un­loaded 29 chil­dren on board. Al­coa City Schools Di­rec­tor Brian Bell says the driver heard a pop, smelled and saw smoke, and pulled over.

TEXAS Burleson: An 85-year-old Texas man who walks with the aid of a cane is cred­ited for help­ing save the lives of two women whose speed­ing car flipped onto his front yard and burst into flames. Lin­dell Mar­but helped to pull the 22-year-old driver and her pas­sen­ger to safety, KDFWTV re­ports.

UTAH St. Ge­orge: A for­mer Dixie State Univer­sity theater pro­fes­sor who was found not guilty of as­sault­ing a stu­dent is su­ing univer­sity fac­ulty and staff mem­bers for more than $22 mil­lion over his ter­mi­na­tion. The

Spec­trum of St. Ge­orge re­ports that Varlo Daven­port also is seek­ing re­in­state­ment.

VERMONT Rut­land: The Nuclear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion has sched­uled a pub­lic meeting Jan. 24 to start its re­view process into the pro­posed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, The Rut

land Her­ald re­ports.

VIRGINIA Tysons Cor­ner: Mo­torists who tried to take an ex­press lane on In­ter­state 495 ahead of a snow storm found them­selves faced with a $30 toll. The in­flated toll was partly due to traf­fic buildup that was blamed on salt trucks.

WASHINGTON Seat­tle: On­line real es­tate com­pany Zil­low has pledged $5 mil­lion to­ward the Univer­sity of Washington’s new com­puter sci­ence build­ing. The $110 mil­lion project also has do­na­tions from Mi­crosoft and Ama­zon.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The Charles

ton Gazette-Mail re­ports that West Virginia is seek­ing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service per­mis­sion to stock rain­bow trout in four state streams. Of­fi­cials are con­cerned that the trout could push two en­dan­gered species of craw­fish closer to ex­tinc­tion.

WISCONSIN Mil­wau­kee: Hun­dreds of peo­ple with hopes of buy­ing a city-owned fore­closed prop­erty in Mil­wau­kee for $1 were dis­ap­pointed to learn the hous­ing ini­tia­tive was de­signed for de­vel­op­ers.

WYOMING Gil­lette: A re­cent study de­ter­mined that a piece of pet­ri­fied wood housed at this Wyoming town’s vis­i­tor cen­ter is about 60 mil­lion years old, The

Gil­lette News Record re­ports.

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