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ALABAMA Priceville: The po­lice de­part­ment jok­ingly an­nounced Tues­day that all crime has been can­celed un­til fur­ther no­tice due to the pos­si­bil­ity of snow.

ALASKA Juneau: Gov. Mike Dun­leavy has pro­posed cut­ting the ex­tra $20 mil­lion for schools that law­mak­ers ap­proved dur­ing last year’s leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

ARI­ZONA Se­dona: Af­ford­able hous­ing has long been an is­sue here, but city lead­ers say that ex­ac­er­bat­ing the prob­lem is a state law pro­hibit­ing cities and towns from reg­u­lat­ing short-term home rentals, largely via web­sites such as Airbnb or VRBO.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: A state law­maker has pro­posed tap­ping into tax rev­enue from car sales and im­pos­ing a new tax on mo­tor fu­els to raise money for the state’s high­ways.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Los An­ge­les: A judge on Mon­day up­held pro­tec­tion for gray wolves un­der the state’s En­dan­gered Species Act, re­ject­ing a le­gal chal­lenge from ranch­ers and farm­ers who fear the preda­tors will threaten their live­stock.

COLORADO Den­ver: Brick Bar, a pop-up bar built us­ing more than 1 mil­lion Le­gos, is com­ing to the Mile High City this June for one week­end.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: Health of­fi­cials say the num­ber of cases of hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus in the state in­creased 4 per­cent in 2017.

DELAWARE New­port: The MEDAL Air Liq­uide man­u­fac­tur­ing plant is fac­ing an $80,000 fine af­ter state en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors say the com­pany that owns the fa­cil­ity dumped nearly 2 tons of ex­cess pol­lu­tion in the air in the past two years.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing

ton: Mayor Muriel Bowser has an­nounced that all rides on the DC Cir­cu­la­tor bus will be free through the end of Fe­bru­ary.

FLORIDA Day­tona Beach: A man has been sen­tenced to 10 days in jail for at­tack­ing an­other man who was dressed as one of the short yel­low char­ac­ters from the “Min­ions” film.

GE­OR­GIA Savannah: Of­fi­cials say the Port of Savannah set a record for cargo vol­ume in 2018.

HAWAII Honolulu: A law­maker is push­ing to add the min­eral fluoride to the state’s pub­lic wa­ter sys­tems in an ef­fort to pro­mote bet­ter den­tal health.

IDAHO Lewis­ton: An early fore­cast by state fish­eries man­agers sug­gests a poor out­look for the up­com­ing chi­nook salmon sea­son.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: Po­lice are re­port­ing gun­point rob­beries tar­get­ing peo­ple wear­ing pricey Canada Goose jack­ets as tem­per­a­tures plunge.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: More than 3,000 ba­bies born in the state dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary will re­ceive reds hats cour­tesy of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s “Lit­tle Hats, Big Hearts” pro­gram.

IOWA Des Moines: Des Moines Area Re­gional Tran­sit is giv­ing free rides to lo­cal shel­ters and warm­ing cen­ters through Thurs­day for those in need.

KANSAS Wi­chita: A fed­eral judge cleared the way Mon­day for a law­suit to pro­ceed against a school district ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing stu­dents’ free speech and free press rights last year dur­ing a na­tion­wide walk­out protest­ing gun vi­o­lence. U.S. District Judge Julie Robin­son ruled the stu- dents have pre­sented a plau­si­ble claim that the Shawnee Mis­sion School District vi­o­lated their First Amend­ment rights by stop­ping speak­ers from talk­ing about gun con­trol or gun vi­o­lence.

KEN­TUCKY Golden Pond: A bison auc­tion is be­ing held Satur­day at Land Be­tween the Lakes Na­tional Recre­ation Area. A state­ment from the Friends of Land Be­tween the Lakes says the auc­tion will be held Feb. 2 at Land Be­tween the Lakes Elk & Bison Prairie Cor­ral.

LOUISIANA Natchi­toches: A spe­cial ex­hibit pro­duced by the Na­tional WWII Mu­seum in New Or­leans will go on view at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and North­west Louisiana His­tory Mu­seum on Fri­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights the state’s con­tri­bu­tions to the war ef­fort.

MAINE Au­gusta: The Bureau of Maine State Parks will open the state’s reser­va­tions sys­tem and call cen­ter start­ing Fri­day, but only for the pop­u­lar Se­bago Lake State Park camp­ground.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: The state’s at­tor­ney in the city will no longer pros­e­cute any mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion cases, re­gard­less of the quan­tity of the drug or an in­di­vid­ual’s prior crim­i­nal record, au­thor­i­ties say.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Cam­bridge: Ac­tor/pro­ducer/di­rec­tor Bryce Dal­las Howard has been named 2019 Woman of the Year by Har­vard Univer­sity’s Hasty Pud­ding Theatri­cals.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: Poet and ac­tivist Glo­ria House has been se­lected as the 2019 Kresge Em­i­nent Artist for her achieve­ment in the arts and con­tri­bu­tion to the growth and vi­brancy of the city’s cul­ture.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: A “bi­pawti­san” group of law­mak­ers has in­tro­duced a bill to des­ig­nate the Labrador re­triever as the state’s of­fi­cial dog breed.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Natchez: The city is work­ing to pro­tect a wall that sta­bi­lizes steep bluffs by the Mis­sis­sippi River.

MIS­SOURI Jef­fer­son City: State law­mak­ers have in­tro­duced at least six sep­a­rate pro­pos­als since last month to re­strict the use of cell­phones while driv­ing.

MON­TANA Great Falls: Mon­tana State Fair of­fi­cials say Mo­town quar­tet the Four Tops will take the stage Sun­day, July 28.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: Of­fi­cials say the on­line Plow Tracker in­ter­ac­tive map can now pro­vide win­ter trav­el­ers with in­for­ma­tion about Ne­braska road con­di­tions from the per­spec­tive of snow­plow driv­ers.

NEVADA Reno: Jamie Lee Cur­tis stopped by the Nevada Mu­seum of Art last week. The star of “True Lies” and the “Hal­loween” film fran­chise flew to Reno to visit the mu­seum’s Anne Brig­man pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion Thurs­day, tak­ing mu­seum of­fi­cials by sur­prise. NEW HAMP­SHIRE Portsmouth: Fed­eral fish­ing man­agers are be­gin­ning the process of de­ter­min­ing how the na­tion’s har­vest of wild fish has been af­fected by the gov­ern­ment shut­down. The New Eng­land Fish­ery Man­age­ment Coun­cil is meet­ing this week in Portsmouth.

NEW JERSEY Sea­side Heights: It’s big, it’s free, and it’s com­ing back. The Jersey Shore Fes­ti­val, which will fea­ture more than 150 bands, is set for May 17-18.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: A park of­fi­cial is ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for a “mys­tery per­son” who cleaned the bath­rooms at Pet­ro­glyph Na­tional Mon­u­ment dur­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down and kept them stocked with toi­let pa­per.

NEW YORK New York: The New York Yan­kees are go­ing green, hir­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal science ad­viser.

NORTH CAROLINA Hark­ers Is­land: The just-ended gov­ern­ment shut­down cre­ated a wind­fall for seashell lovers on the coast. Staff at Cape Look­out Na­tional Seashore said on the park’s Face­book page that the shelling is ex­cel­lent right now.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: The state Se­nate has en­dorsed leg­is­la­tion that would charge own­ers of elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles an an­nual fee.

OHIO Youngstown: An art mu­seum board that was of­fered $130 mil­lion worth of Nor­man Rock­well paint­ings from Boy Scouts of Amer­ica has voted to wait a year be­fore de­cid­ing whether to ac­cept the works be­cause of a re­cent re­port de­tail­ing the Scout­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion’s prob­lems in­volv­ing child sex abuse al­le­ga­tions.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: A ho­tel that bills it­self as the largest gay re­sort in the South­west has new outof-state own­ers. The Jour­nal Record re­ports Los An­ge­les-based Al­ter­na­tives Re­sorts bought the Ha­bana Inn.

ORE­GON Salem: Se­nate Bill 448 would study the cre­ation of an “Ore­gon Out­doors Pass,” bring­ing the state’s myr­iad of passes, per­mits and li­censes un­der one sim­pli­fied sys­tem.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg: The state Se­nate is re­sum­ing a push to make the Eastern hell­ben­der Penn­syl­va­nia’s of­fi­cial am­phib­ian.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: It ap­pears Has­bro is the true win­ner of The Game of Life. The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ports a fed­eral judge ruled in fa­vor of the toy com­pany in a law­suit over who owns the rights to the pop­u­lar board game.

SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: The city is now test­ing out GPS tech­nol­ogy to track waste left on city streets by car­riage horses and mules.

SOUTH DAKOTA Parker: The Parker School District cer­tainly an­nounced its school clo­sures in a unique way. “Mr. Hot Dog” ap­peared late Mon­day on the district’s Face­book page and said af­ter speak­ing with Su­per­in­ten­dent Donavan DeBoer, the de­ci­sion was made to can­cel classes due to the cold – af­ter all, he’s not a cold dog.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: The state plans to in­vest $1 mil­lion in an up­com­ing Ken Burns doc­u­men­tary on coun­try mu­sic.

TEXAS Houston: The top of­fi­cial in Har­ris County is rais­ing ques­tions about a $105 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plan for the Astrodome af­ter learn­ing that fund­ing didn’t in­clude money to up­grade the air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, the Houston Chron­i­cle re­ports.

UTAH Salt Lake City: Mor­mons will ac­count for nearly 90 per­cent of the state Leg­is­la­ture this ses­sion.

VER­MONT Tun­bridge: Of­fi­cials say the Tun­bridge World’s Fair fair­ground­stook a beat­ing from ice buildup flood­ing, the Val­ley News re­ports.

VIR­GINIA Glouces­ter Point: Re­searchers are try­ing to fig­ure out how to re­duce the num­ber of aban­doned crab pots in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The Daily Press re­ports that re­searchers at the Vir­ginia In­sti­tute of Marine Science are sur­vey­ing wa­ter­men for ideas for so­lu­tions.

WASH­ING­TON Olympia: A bill un­der con­sid­er­a­tion would re­strict the weight of pack­age-de­liv­ery ro­bots, limit them to side­walks and cross­walks, and re­quire both in­sur­ance and ac­tive mon­i­tor­ing by a hu­man.

WEST VIR­GINIA Mor­gan­town: A res­cue owl named Jeff now has a home of his own thanks to vol­un­teers with the Avian Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter of Ap­palachia and Amer­iCorps.

WYOMING Cheyenne: A bill in­tro­duced in the Leg­is­la­ture would have the state take over op­er­at­ing na­tional parks and other fed­eral fa­cil­i­ties within its bor­ders if the fed­eral gov­ern­ment ever shuts down again.

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