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ALABAMA Jasper: Would-be gam­blers, take note: Alabama At­tor­ney Gen­eral Steve Mar­shall is prais­ing lo­cal law of­fi­cers for shut­ting down what he called il­le­gal elec­tronic bingo halls in Walker County.

ALASKA Fair­banks: Mon­roe Catholic High School in Fair­banks and TriVal­ley School in Healy, both of which have had trou­ble field­ing foot­ball teams, will field a joint team. It will in­volve a bit of travel, though – the cities are 112 miles apart.

ARI­ZONA Flagstaff: State Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes on the hunt for an­i­mal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cul­tural and re­li­gious use have a new re­source: the state Game and Fish De­part­ment. A new pro­gram al­lows the nearly two dozen tribes to make re­quests for an­i­mals that have died from poach­ing or nat­u­ral causes, or af­ter be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle.

ARKANSAS Hot Springs: Mon­day was the big day for Arkansas gam­blers as casi­nos at two rac­ing tracks for­mally be­gin op­er­a­tions.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA San Fran­cisco: A rare species of sand-lov­ing bees is mak­ing a come­back in San Fran­cisco’s Pre­sidio for the first time in about a cen­tury. The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle re­ports ecol­o­gists spot­ted hun­dreds of sil­ver digger bees in the park last week while sur­vey­ing a dune restora­tion project in the park.

COLORADO Fort Collins: Colorado State Univer­sity’s first fe­male pres­i­dent will be­gin her new job at the be­gin­ning of July. Joyce McCon­nell will re­place out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Tony Frank.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: Nearly three decades af­ter a U.S. state last im­posed a spe­cial tax on sug­ary drinks, Con­necti­cut’s gov­er­nor is push­ing for one to help close a bud­get deficit – and brac­ing for a fight. “The in­dus­try lob­by­ing is go­ing to be pretty fe­ro­cious. I don’t know if the leg­is­la­ture can stand up to it,” said Demo­crat Ned La­mont.

DELAWARE Wilm­ing­ton: How ded­i­cated is fig­ure skater Johnny Weir to his home­town rink, The Skat­ing Club of Wilm­ing­ton? When Weir was cast in a new Net­flix ice skat­ing drama called “Spin­ning Out,” he was to be in Canada film­ing the show’s first sea­son this week­end when the skat­ing club hosts its an­nual fundraiser. But he “pushed hard” to be able to es­cape and will per­form Satur­day at the “Amer­ica Skates: Spring Ice Show.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: The dis­trict’s famed cherry blos­soms have reached peak bloom, the Na­tional Park Ser­vice de­clared.

FLORIDA Day­tona Beach: Life­guards res­cued more than 100 peo­ple from rough surf along a stretch of At­lantic coast beaches over the week­end.

GEORGIA Pal­metto: One of the largest global ap­parel com­pa­nies is bring­ing a new dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­house fa­cil­ity and 575 new jobs to Pal­metto. New York City-based PVH owns brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hil­figer and Izod.

HAWAII Honolulu: The state may out­law fla­vored elec­tronic cig­a­rette liq­uids and fla­vored to­bacco to com­bat a spike in teenage va­p­ing.

IDAHO Boise: The state Sen­ate ap­proved a bill that would le­gal­ize the grow­ing and sell­ing of hemp prod­ucts con­tain­ing 0.3 per­cent or less of THC, the cannabis com­pound that gives mar­i­juana its high.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: Illi­nois could lose more than $18 mil­lion in fund­ing if it doesn’t ac­cel­er­ate the pro­cess­ing times on food stamp ap­pli­ca­tions.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: Head to the In­di­ana His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for some live “Ore­gon Trail” gam­ing. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thurs­day, the so­ci­ety will bring the pop­u­lar grade-school com­puter game to life in an “In­di­ana Trail” event.

IOWA Iowa City: The de­part­ment that runs Iowa’s prison sys­tem has sus­pended a guard for giv­ing an in­ter­view to his home­town news­pa­per for a positive story about his life and work help­ing in­mates. The guard is ap­peal­ing his sus­pen­sion.

KANSAS Topeka: Kansas stores can now stock their shelves with stronger beer. On Mon­day, stores be­gan sell­ing beer with up to 6% al­co­hol by vol­ume.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: Gov. Matt Bevin’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has trans­ferred a third state his­toric site to lo­cal of­fi­cials. The state gave the 80-acre Wil­liam Whit­ley House His­toric Site to Lin­coln County.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: Louisiana veter­ans can learn about song­writ­ing at two work­shops aimed at help­ing veter­ans tell their sto­ries and find heal­ing through mu­sic.

MAINE Bar Har­bor: Acadia Na­tional Park of­fi­cials are clos­ing trails to pro­tect nest­ing pere­grine fal­cons.

MARY­LAND Fred­er­ick: Elec­tric car maker Tesla is build­ing a so­lar ar­ray on top of a Fred­er­ick County land­fill that will gen­er­ate up to 1.9 megawatts of power.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Haver­hill: Res­i­dents who re­port pot­holes to Haver­hill of­fi­cials could find them­selves a few dol­lars richer.

MICHI­GAN Detroit: Crit­ics are ques­tion­ing whether Michi­gan’s vol­un­tary gam­bling black­list is work­ing, since many casi­nos can’t ef­fec­tively screen banned gam­blers.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: The eco­nomic ben­e­fits of pre­serv­ing and restor­ing land in the up­per Mis­sis­sippi River’s head­wa­ters re­gion nearly out­weigh the costs, a new study says.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Vicks­burg: Mar­cus Street in Vicks­burg is be­ing re­named for for­mer Vicks­burg War­ren Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools and Rosa A. Tem­ple prin­ci­pal James E. Stir­gus Sr., pending ap­proval by the county’s 911 com­mit­tee

MIS­SOURI Mound City: Flood­wa­ters have made their way to eastern Mis­souri, in­creas­ing the num­ber of closed roads to more than 160.

MON­TANA Great Falls: Dozens of skiers were safely evac­u­ated from a stalled chair­lift at the Show­down Mon­tana ski area.

NEVADA Sparks: Mil­i­tary lead­ers and lo­cal politi­cians gath­ered at a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for a new me­mo­rial in Sparks ded­i­cated to more than 800 Ne­vadans who have lost their lives in the na­tion’s wars.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Durham: A part­ner­ship be­tween the ex­per­i­men­tal agri­cul­ture and beer brew­ing pro­grams at the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire has pro­duced a third new brew: Straw­berry Milk­man.

NEW JER­SEY Chatsworth: Some­one in a re­mote area deep in the New Jer­sey Pinelands that is a known gath­er­ing spot for il­le­gal bon­fires caused a blaze that burned more than 11,600 acres, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: Res­i­dents of a His­panic vil­lage near the site of the world’s first atomic bomb test are plan­ning an­other protest out­side the an­nual open­ing of the site to vis­i­tors.

NEW YORK Seneca Falls: A town su­per­vi­sor wants to cut ties with the Na­tional Women’s Hall of Fame af­ter learn­ing ac­tress Jane Fonda will be among this year’s in­ductees.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Duke En­ergy Corp, the coun­try’s largest elec­tric com­pany, was or­dered Mon­day to ex­ca­vate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites.

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: Busi­ness own­ers and cus­tomers are ap­plaud­ing the re­peal of state re­stric­tions on Sun­day morn­ing sales.

OHIO Day­ton: The An­ti­och Writ­ers’ Work­shop at the Univer­sity of Day­ton is shut­ting down af­ter 33 years. OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: Joseph Mal­don­ado-Pas­sage, an ex-zookeeper and for­mer can­di­date for gov­er­nor, says he never wanted to kill a woman who in­ves­ti­ga­tors say was the tar­get of a mur­der-for-hire plot.

ORE­GON Port­land: Ore­gon teens who spent time in foster care were less than half as likely as their class­mates in the class of 2017 to graduate on time, new fig­ures show.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Meadville: An un­der­wa­ter ro­bot will be roam­ing Presque Isle Bay to col­lect wa­ter qual­ity data be­gin­ning this spring, the ErieTimes News re­ports.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal is seek­ing ac­cess to gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments that could shed light on two big con­tro­ver­sies: the trou­bled pub­lic as­sis­tance com­puter sys­tem known as UHIP and the state’s in­vest­ment in pri­vate eq­uity firm Point Ju­dith Cap­i­tal.

SOUTH CAROLINA Spar­tan­burg: City Plan­ner Na­talia Rosario and Brad Stei­necke, the as­sis­tant direc­tor of lo­cal his­tory for Spar­tan­burg County Pub­lic Li­braries, have teamed up to try find a stat­uette given to the city in 1971 by the city of Sparta, Greece.

SOUTH DAKOTA Roscoe: Eleven stu­dents trav­eled to the Mis­sis­sippi bayou re­cently to learn about ca­reers with the Na­tional Oceanic At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: U.S. Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos said Mon­day that she’s en­cour­aged by Ten­nessee’s lat­est push to ex­pand school vouch­ers through­out the state.

TEXAS Galve­ston: The City Coun­cil has ap­proved fund­ing to de­velop the East End Lagoon in an ef­fort to at­tract more vis­i­tors to the na­ture area.

UTAH Salt Lake City: A huge fire­ball soared into the sky in the cen­tral Utah desert af­ter 11 de­railed tanker cars con­tain­ing propane and biodiesel were blown up Sun­day night.

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: Paving sea­son is com­ing to Ver­mont’s In­ter­state 89, be­gin­ning Sun­day.

VIR­GINIA Richmond: Re­flect­ing na­tional con­cerns over “food deserts,” fed­eral and state law­mak­ers on Mon­day called for leg­is­la­tion to help peo­ple in low-in­come neigh­bor­hoods get bet­ter ac­cess to fresh vegeta­bles and other healthy foods.

WASH­ING­TON Kit­sap: A Bain­bridge Is­land man was given five years of pro­ba­tion for his role in a group that il­le­gally led hunt­ing trips, fal­si­fied records and used a toxic sub­stance to poi­son wolves and bears in Alaska.

WEST VIR­GINIA Hunt­ing­ton: Mar­shall Univer­sity is con­duct­ing a fundraiser, Empty Bowls, this month to help feed needy fam­i­lies.

WIS­CON­SIN Mil­wau­kee: Doc­tors have asked Dex­ter Verner to stop run­ning. That’s kind of like ask­ing him to stop breath­ing. Verner has a pace­maker, chemo­ther­apy cours­ing through his veins and med­i­ca­tions for the Crohn’s dis­ease — but it’s the sur­gi­cally re­paired hip that’s re­ally been hurt­ing. Still, Verner will be among 7,250 run­ners at the Mil­wau­kee Marathon this Satur­day.

WY­OMING Laramie: The Univer­sity of Wy­oming will of­fer new bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­grams in gen­eral stud­ies, el­e­men­tary and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, and art ed­u­ca­tion start­ing this fall.

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