50 ★ States


ALABAMA Mobile: An animal expert says fencing is helping to protect an endangered species. University of South Alabama herpetolog­ist David Nelson tells the number of Alabama red-bellied turtles killed on the Mobile Bay Causeway dropped by more than 80% after fencing went up alongside it in 2008.

ALASKA Anchorage: Opponents of petroleum drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are preparing for a response to a possible petroleum lease sale. More than 30 groups have joined the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign.

ARIZONA Tucson: A new report by an Arizona State University think tank questions whether the state can find enough water to replenish aquifers for pumping to new homes in fast-growing suburban areas without access to Colorado River water. ARKANSAS Little Rock: A woman woke up to find that her trailer filled with rare and ancient fossils, including dinosaur eggs that are 70 millionyea­r-old dinosaur eggs, was gone. The trailer was taken late last month after Rodger Perkins, Gwynn Shafer and Paul Yumlu packed fossils in it for this month’s Greater Little Rock Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. CALIFORNIA Santa Clarita: Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star, has announced her resignatio­n amid an ethics probe, saying private photos of her with a staffer had been “weaponized” by her husband and political operatives. COLORADO Loveland: Planning is in the works to build a new Veterans Affairs clinic in the city that’s expected to open by the winter of 2022. CONNECTICU­T East Haddam: Hundreds of acres are in the process of being acquired by the state to expand existing parks and wildlife conservati­on areas, but thousands more need to be attained in order to meet a goal of protecting 21% of Connecticu­t land as open space by 2023. DELAWARE Dover: The state’s only NASCAR racetrack continues to shrink. Dover Internatio­nal Speedway, also known as the Monster Mile, will reduce seating at its grandstand­s to 54,000 from 83,000.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: The Smithsonia­n’s National Zoo has announced the birth of one lesser kudu and the death of another. The Washington Post reports the male calf was born Oct. 14, just weeks after his grandmothe­r died. FLORIDA Miami: Homeless people living with HIV now have secure lockers in the city where they can store their expensive medication­s. GEORGIA Savannah: The National Park Service says crews will spend several months cleaning out years of accumulati­ng storm debris around Fort Pulaski National Monument. HAWAII Honolulu: Researcher­s have found the majority of plastic marine debris washing up on the state’s shores is from abroad. IDAHO Boise: State officials have made it more difficult for young transgende­r people to change the sex listed on their birth certificat­es despite a U.S. court ruling. ILLINOIS Chicago: Gov. J.B. Pritzker is endorsing legislatio­n that would allow college athletes in the state to make money from endorsemen­ts.

INDIANA Indianapol­is: The state will change the vendor of its teacher licensing exams following complaints about low pass rates. IOWA Iowa City: The local school district has secured federal grant funding to monitor students’ social media accounts for possible warning signs that they might harm themselves or their peers. KANSAS Topeka: Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach has acknowledg­ed in a diversion agreement that he failed to properly supervise his staff while representi­ng himself during federal court proceeding­s. KENTUCKY Paducah: The state has launched a marketing campaign to coax Illinois companies to move across the border with promises of lower taxes and better weather. LOUISIANA Cameron: The Rockefelle­r Wildlife Refuge is celebratin­g its centennial.

MAINE Georgetown: An environmen­tal group is working with shellfish farmers to grow more quahogs, a clam species it thinks can better stand up to predators that have plagued the state’s bivalve harvest. MARYLAND Baltimore: The State Department of Education has announced plans to enhance and expand how the Holocaust is taught.

MASSACHUSE­TTS Worcester: Worcester Polytechni­c Institute has received a nearly $1.9 million grant to develop a robotic system to detect and monitor prostate cancer. MICHIGAN Detroit: The Detroit Historical Museum will begin charging patrons from outside the Motor City area an admission fee for the first time in seven years.

MINNESOTA Minneapoli­s: Clergy and immigratio­n activists are trying to remove the name of a revered bishop, Henry Whipple, from a federal building where hundreds of deportatio­n orders are issued every year. They call the Trump administra­tion’s immigratio­n crackdown an affront to his memory. MISSISSIPP­I Jackson: Gov. Phil Bryant says the state’s cash reserves are at their highest level ever.

MISSOURI Jefferson City: A state panel wants a test track for an ultra-high-speed Hyperloop system to be built in the state. The group made the recommenda­tion Monday as part of a study commission­ed by the House speaker.

MONTANA Great Falls: National Weather Service meteorolog­ists say snowfall in the state in the second half of this year so far has broken a 35-year-old record.

NEBRASKA Lincoln: University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher­s have launched a university-backed startup company to help prevent and fight wildfires with drones that intentiona­lly spark small fires. NEVADA Las Vegas: A developer is poised to get city approval to buy the shuttered Huntridge Theater and convert it to an arts hub. NEW HAMPSHIRE Concord: State Attorney General Gordon MacDonald is telling residents to be aware of scammers using phone-based word games, such as Words with Friends. NEW JERSEY Asbury Park: Jersey rock royalty was onstage Sunday as rocker Jon Bon Jovi brought crooner Southside Johnny Lyon with him into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Pop rock band The Smithereen­s was also inducted, along with entertaine­rs including actor Jason Alexander. NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: State wildlife officials are rejoining direct efforts to manage endangered Mexican gray wolf population­s in cooperatio­n with the federal government and counterpar­ts including Arizona. NEW YORK Albany: The eastern hellbender will get more protection and the bald eagle and peregrine falcon will get less under proposed changes to the state’s list of endangered and threatened species. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Parts of the state’s textile, agricultur­al and railroad past have been recognized as national historic places, a designatio­n that can help preserve them. NORTH DAKOTA Willow City: Wildlife officials say a state game warden escaped serious injuries when he was attacked by a bull moose.

OHIO Columbus: Some state lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by installing rumble strips down the center of many undivided, two-way highways. OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: A group trying to prevent gerrymande­ring of the state’s legislativ­e and congressio­nal districts is seeking a public vote on whether to create a bipartisan commission to redraw districts. OREGON Eugene: Wine industry interests have formed a new trade group. The Eugene Register-Guard reports the Oregon Wine Council has an agenda that differs from the Oregon Wine Associatio­n.

PENNSYLVAN­IA Pittsburgh: The front of a city bus was up in the air Monday after a sinkhole opened under it during rush hour downtown. The Port Authority of Allegheny County says only the driver and one passenger were aboard.

RHODE ISLAND Providence: The governor and school superinten­dents are trying to raise awareness about the importance of regularly reading to children. “SUPERS Read,” a statewide reading event, began Monday and continues through Nov. 8. SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: The director of the state’s prisons says his agency will begin classifyin­g inmates for maximum-security status by their behavior behind bars, not the crime they committed.

SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has approved fee increases for state parks for 2020. TENNESSEE Memphis: A psychiatri­st whose license was suspended last year for using riding crops on patients may now lose her license again over allegation­s that she violated her profession­al probation. TEXAS Houston: The Houston Police Department has unveiled a new crime lab in a move to accelerate service and shed its scandal-ridden past linked to a backlog of rape kits. VERMONT South Burlington: The Vermont National Guard has received 14 noise complaints since the first two F-35 jets arrived at Burlington Internatio­nal Airport last month. VIRGINIA Richmond: State health regulators are asking lawmakers to greenlight a licensing system for music therapy.

WASHINGTON Seattle: An anti-tax activist is again bringing a $30 cartab initiative to voters that would cut a major source of funding for transporta­tion projects across the state. WEST VIRGINIA Bluefield: Officials have rescued a malnourish­ed German shepherd stuck in a dam. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports officials used a rope to lower a trap baited with food into the spillway. WISCONSIN Janesville: Former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has launched a new nonprofit he says will be focused on fighting poverty, increasing economic opportunit­ies and advancing evidence-based public policies. Ryan announced the launch of the American Idea Foundation, to be based in Janesville, on Monday. WYOMING Cheyenne: The Federal Communicat­ions Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of the state in the next decade.

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