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ALABAMA Gulf Shores: The sug­ar­white sand here is the state’s most pop­u­lar half-mile stretch of pub­lic beach­front. So city of­fi­cials made the beach smoke-free.

ALASKA An­chor­age: The An­chor­age Daily News re­ports the Tour of An­chor­age, a cross-coun­try ski race, will add fat-tire bike rac­ing this year.

ARI­ZONA Scotts­dale: A “Mav­er­ick Mu­ral” honor­ing the late Sen. John McCain is on hold af­ter push­back from some City Coun­cil mem­bers.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: A state panel has named 32 com­pa­nies it in­tends to li­cense to sell med­i­cal mar­i­juana, two years af­ter voters ap­proved it.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Palm Springs: Last year was the hottest ever in the Coachella Val­ley, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of fed­eral data.

COLORADO Fort Collins: Bud­weiser’s iconic Cly­des­dales have re­turned to Anheuser-Busch’s brew­ery here and will be in the city through Jan. 21.

CON­NECTI­CUT Gro­ton: A cer­e­mony to com­mis­sion the Navy’s new­est at­tack sub­ma­rine is sched­uled for next month at the base in Gro­ton.

DELAWARE Dover: Miles the Mon­ster is about to get his very own beer. The Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way’s mam­moth mas­cot can be found on cans of the new Splash and Go lager, a brew made by Dover’s Ford­ham & Do­min­ion Brew­ing Co. to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the race­track.


ton: A food bank in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal says it is see­ing an in­flux of fur­loughed and un­paid govern­ment work­ers as the fed­eral shut­down drags on.

FLORIDA Jack­sonville: A crit­i­cally en­dan­gered for­est an­te­lope has been born at the Jack­sonville Zoo and Gar­dens. The Florida Times-Union re­ports the East­ern bongo weighed 50 pounds at birth last month.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: A coali­tion of civil rights groups in the city is us­ing this year’s Su­per Bowl to help kick off a re­newed “war on the Con­fed­er­acy,” in a fight to re­move Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments around the na­tion. The groups an­nounced a planned Feb. 2 rally on the eve of the cham­pi­onship foot­ball game be­ing hosted in At­lanta.

HAWAII Hilo: A Big Is­land dairy farm has agreed to a time­line for ending its op­er­a­tions in a set­tle­ment reached with a com­mu­nity group and an en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion.

IDAHO Boise: In a state where no reg­u­la­tions ex­ist for bounty hunters, Good­ing-based 208 Bail Re­cov­ery Ser­vices is il­lus­trat­ing why some Ida­hoans still want that to change. Its owner pleaded guilty to car­ry­ing a weapon onto school prop­erty, court doc­u­ments show, and the bounty hunter has be­gun the ques­tion­able prac­tice of livestream­ing its searches for and cap­tures of fugi­tives.

ILLI­NOIS Spring­field: State of­fi­cials have ac­cepted a more than $10 mil­lion bid from a con­trac­tor to re­pair the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing Illi­nois State Fair Coli­seum.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: Pis­ta­chio, an 8-month-old res­cue dog from the city, is the small­est com­peti­tor in this year’s Puppy Bowl.

IOWA Des Moines: The school board is chang­ing its sched­ule start­ing this fall to give stu­dents more time in the class­room and teach­ers more time to pre­pare. Des Moines Pub­lic Schools of­fi­cials hope by elim­i­nat­ing “ear­ly­out Wed­nes­days,” they can achieve both goals.

KANSAS Leavenworth: Mayor Jer­maine Wil­son, who was re­cently elected af­ter serv­ing three years in prison, has spent his first day in of­fice help­ing qual­i­fied ex-of­fend­ers get their crim­i­nal records ex­punged.

Maker’s Mark and a cigar com­pany are su­ing each other in fed­eral court over the bour­bon busi­ness’ iconic red wax de­sign. Maker’s al­leges Ted’s Cigars, owned by Theodore “Ted” Jack­son Jr., is prof­it­ing off the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion by con­tin­u­ing to use its trade­marks in sell­ing and pro­mot­ing its bour­bon-sea­soned cigars.


LOUISIANA Youngsville: Where’s the best place to live in Louisiana? That would be Youngsville, ac­cord­ing to a weighted in­dex that 24/7 Wall St. cre­ated.

MAINE Au­gusta: The last gov­er­nor wanted busi­ness­men to feel at home in Maine. The state’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive wants ev­ery­one to. Maine is mov­ing for­ward with plans to re­place its “Open for Busi­ness” high­way sign with one that reads, “Wel­come Home.”

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: Singer Billy Joel will per­form at Cam­den Yards this July, the first con­cert to be held at the Ori­oles’ home ball­park since it opened in 1992.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: En­vi­ron­men­tal groups are crit­i­ciz­ing state govern­ment for spend­ing more than $1 mil­lion on bot­tled wa­ter for state em­ploy­ees last year.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: As part of a year­long cel­e­bra­tion of Mo­town’s 60th an­niver­sary, the Mo­town Mu­seum is launch­ing “Archive Dives,” an online video se­ries that will re­veal lit­tle-seen items from the mu­seum’s trove of ar­ti­facts.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: Gov. Tim Walz has signed his first ex­ec­u­tive or­der, es­tab­lish­ing a coun­cil on di­ver­sity, in­clu­sion and eq­uity.

MIS­SOURI Kansas City: The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the In­dian- apo­lis Colts at home Saturday, and when the lo­cal CBS af­fil­i­ate went out to grab some aerial shots of Ar­row­head Sta­dium, it stum­bled upon some­body play­ing Mario Kart at the ad­ja­cent Kauff­man Sta­dium on the Crown Vi­sion board. Ac­cord­ing to the Roy­als, it was part of a fundraiser for kids.

MON­TANA Great Falls: The state’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion has rein­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would grant fed­eral recog­ni­tion to the Lit­tle Shell Tribe of Chippewa In­di­ans.

NE­BRASKA Omaha: A real es­tate com­pany has pro­posed to turn a va­cant for­mer Grace Univer­sity dor­mi­tory into apart­ments for home­less vet­er­ans.

NEVADA Las Ve­gas: Of­fi­cials marked the in­stal­la­tion of two new Nevada Supreme Court jus­tices with a cer­e­mony show­cas­ing the emer­gence of a fe­male ma­jor­ity on the state’s high­est court.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Wood­stock: Ice cas­tles that have been un­der con­struc­tion for weeks are open­ing Fri­day. The ice is em­bed­ded with color-chang­ing LED lights set to a mu­si­cal sound­track.

NEW JERSEY Ne­wark: There’s no place in the U.S. where craft beer is boom­ing faster than the Gar­den State, ac­cord­ing to a new study by re­search com­pany C+R.

NEW MEX­ICO Taos: The His­toric Taos Inn is chang­ing own­er­ship. It opened in 1936 as the Ho­tel Martin.

NEW YORK New York: Mayor Bill de Bla­sio says he will push to make the city the first in the coun­try to man­date paid va­ca­tion days.

NORTH CAROLINA Asheville: An ad­ver­tis­ing dis­play of Jonas Ger­ard’s work at the Asheville Re­gional Air­port was van­dal­ized mul­ti­ple times since the week­end. Ger­ard has been ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault, which he de­nies.

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: More than 10,000 peo­ple have signed an online pe­ti­tion ask­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to merge North Dakota and South Dakota into a sin­gle state called “Me­gaKota.”

OHIO Cincin­nati: The new baby blue pen­guin at the Cincin­nati Zoo of­fi­cially has a name. “Pierogi” got the most votes among the zoo’s Face­book and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers.

OK­LA­HOMA Che­co­tah: A woman look­ing for love got more than she bar­gained for when she un­wit­tingly shared her ex­hil­a­ra­tion about il­le­gally shooting a “bigo buck” on a dat­ing app with a state game war­den.

ORE­GON Port­land: A bar is su­ing one of its bar­tenders for $115,000, claim­ing that’s the amount it will lose when its taps run dry be­cause the bar­tender broke liquor reg­u­la­tions.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Beth­le­hem: Just Born Qual­ity Con­fec­tions, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for Peeps, is of­fer­ing candy lovers the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time: the first-ever pub­lic tour of its fac­tory. All it takes to en­ter the con­test is a $5 do­na­tion to United Way of the Greater Le­high Val­ley.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: Two law­mak­ers and the state’s gen­eral trea­surer have in­tro­duced a bill to ex­pand teach­ing of per­sonal fi­nance in the state’s pub­lic high schools.

SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: The Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters will per­form Saturday at the Bon Se­cours Well­ness Arena at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Ai­dan O’Hara will have al­ready helped run a busi­ness be­fore he starts pur­su­ing his busi­ness de­gree next fall. The Har­ris­burg High School se­nior is one of a hand­ful of stu­dents be­hind Tiger Bal­loons, launched in Novem­ber.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis: Aero­smith front­man Steven Tyler’s phil­an­thropic project, Janie’s Fund, gave about $500,000 to ren­o­vate a home for abused and ne­glected girls in Bartlett.

TEXAS El Paso: A “surge” of mi­grants into the city has dropped from more than 2,000 a week to fewer than 100 dropped off a day by im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties, An­nun­ci­a­tion House ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ruben Gar­cia says.

UTAH Salt Lake City: Repub­li­can state Sen. Allen Chris­tensen tells The Salt Lake Tri­bune the state’s Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion plan needs “guardrails” in place to avoid cost over­runs.

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: Repub­li­can Gov. Phil Scott is call­ing on state law­mak­ers to find com­mon ground and in­spire a re­newed faith in govern­ment that will give hope to ev­ery­one.

VIRGINIA Spring­field: More than 100 pray­ing man­tises popped out from un­der the branches of Molly Kreuze’s Christ­mas tree, WJLA-TV re­ports. In some homes, the crea­tures might have met with a rolled-up mag­a­zine. But Kreuze, a vet­eri­nar­ian, cap­tured them and is feed­ing them fruit flies.

WASH­ING­TON Seat­tle: A new re­port es­ti­mates nearly 100 per­cent of the city’s new tax on the dis­tri­bu­tion of sweet­ened bev­er­ages has been passed on to con­sumers.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: Demo­cratic state Sen. Richard Ojeda told news out­lets he’s re­sign­ing as of next week be­cause he doesn’t want his seat to sit empty while he’s cam­paign­ing for pres­i­dent in 2020.

WIS­CON­SIN Kenosha: The dat­ing ser­vice “It’s Just Lunch” is help­ing run an in­au­gu­ral chair­lift dat­ing event at Wil­mot Moun­tain.

WYOMING Jack­son: The Town Coun­cil has voted to ban plas­tic bags.

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