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ALABAMA Montgomery: A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban, which took effect May 8, while a lawsuit goes forward.
ALASKA Juneau: The state Senate passed legislation Friday to formally recognize tribes in Alaska, which supporters say is an overdue step that would create opportunities for the state and tribes to work together. ARIZONA Phoenix: A new partnership among the state’s three universities and several state agencies aims to increase understanding of issues like Valley Fever and ozone levels and come up with solutions. ARKANSAS Little Rock: Craighaid County has corrected an error on its ballots that misidentified U.S. enate hopeful Jake Bequette as “Jack,” and Phillips County is working to correct the same typo.
CALIFORNIA Huntington Beach: A state panel on Thursday rejected a long-standing proposal to build a $1.4 billion desalination plant to make Pacific Ocean water potable as the state grapples with persistent drought. Environmentalists had said drawing in large amounts of seawater and releasing salty discharge back into the ocean would kill billions of tiny marine organisms that make up the base of the food chain. COLORADO Boulder: Boulder County is urging residents to take additional safety measures because of a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. CONNECTICUT Newtown: Wildlife authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a female black bear that left two cubs orphaned. In posts on social media, residents have identified the bear as a familiar face in town known as “Bobbi.”
DELAWARE Dover: The state held a memorial ceremony in front of the Jesse Cooper Building this month for the nearly 3,000 Delawareans who have died from COVID-19 over the past two years.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Employment Services are encouraging D.C. residents to apply for jobs for next month’s Something in the Water Festival, WUSA-TV reports.
FLORIDA Tallahassee: A judge’s ruling that a new congressional map drawn by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ staff is unconstitutional has been appealed by the state. Meanwhile, DeSantis on Friday appointed state Rep. Cord Byrd as Florida’s new secretary of state, following the resignation of Laurel M. Lee the day prior. GEORGIA Atlanta: The life of a man set to be executed Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl should be spared, his lawyer argues, saying that her client has significant cognitive impairments that likely contributed to his crimes and that he has suffered horrific abuse in prison.
HAWAII Honolulu: Native Hawaiian composer and violinist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti will premiere a new work this month inspired by Lahaina noon, the mayor’s office said Friday. The term refers to the moment in parts of May and July when the sun passes exactly overhead at midday, and objects with smooth sides appear to have no shadow.
IDAHO Boise: A judge has banned the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee and its executive team from endorsing candidates after the Idaho Republican Party and Chairman Tom Luna filed a lawsuit. ILLINOIS Chicago: A beloved, endangered shorebird named Monty the Piping Plover died Friday, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman said. He was known to hang out at Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan’s lakefront. INDIANA Muncie: A former police officer pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting an arrestee three years prior and writing a false report to cover up the incident, federal prosecutors said. IOWA Iowa City: The University of Iowa is working to become an officially “bee-friendly” campus, creating pollinator habitats, reducing pesticide use, and taking other steps toward a designation by Bee City USA.
KANSAS Topeka: Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill that would prohibit government mask mandates in Kansas and curb the power of state and local health officials during outbreaks of infectious diseases.
KENTUCKY Louisville: Parents, members of the LGBTQ community and others are criticizing Christian Academy of Louisville after a homework assignment given to several middle schoolers encouraged them to persuade an imaginary friend to reject homosexuality.
LOUISIANA New Orleans: The state Supreme Court threw out charges Friday against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings early in the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor’s executive orders violated freedom of religion. MAINE Mount Desert: A billionaire is tearing down David Rockefeller Sr.’s home on Mount Desert Island to make way for something new. The seven-bedroom house was designed in 1972 by Rockefeller’s wife, Peggy, on the island where the famous family has vacationed for generations.
MARYLAND Baltimore: Baltimore’s ethics board has ordered the City Council president to stop accepting money from a legal defense fund that took donations from at least two city contractors. MASSACHUSETTS Brookline: Public school teachers in the wealthy Boston suburb are preparing to strike Monday after contract negotiations with school officials stalled over the weekend.
MICHIGAN Ann Arbor: A pair of University of Michigan researchers are putting the “pee” in peonies. Environmental engineering professors Nancy Love and Krista Wigginton have been applying urine-based fertilizer to the heirloom peony beds at the Ann Arbor school’s Nichols Arboretum. What’s been dubbed “pee-cycling” is part of an effort to educate the public about their research showing that applying fertilizer derived from nutrient-rich urine could have environmental and economic benefits.
MINNESOTA St. Paul: About 45,000 of Minnesota’s richest residents owe the state about $38 million collectively because of a mistake by the Department of Revenue. MISSISSIPPI Meridian: A father and his two children have graduated together from a branch of Mississippi State University, each earning a master’s degree in education. Commondre Cole, son Ja’Coby Cole and daughter Iesha Gully were among the 153 graduates Thursday at MSUMeridian’s spring commencement. MISSOURI Jefferson City: The Legislature has passed a bill that would prevent state licensing boards from disciplining doctors who prescribe the controversial off-label drugs ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to their patients. The measure also would prevent pharmacists from questioning doctors who prescribe the drugs unless the patient or doctor asks about the drugs’ effectiveness, The Kansas City Star reports.
MONTANA Helena: A man who apparently sought shelter in a cardboard recycling bin was killed after it was picked up by a garbage truck, the Helena Police Department said. NEBRASKA Lincoln: The state collected 66.7% more tax revenue than projected in April and is still well ahead of expectations for the current fiscal year, according to new numbers released Friday.
NEVADA Las Vegas: Famed entertainer Ann-Margret has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Swedenborn singer, dancer and actress told the graduates at Saturday’s commencement that “Las Vegas has been my home away from home for so long, since the 1970s and 1980s.” NEW HAMPSHIRE Bartlett: Firefighters are battling a large forest fire that burned hundreds of acres in the White Mountains over the weekend. Another significant brush fire reported in the area last Monday was considered “100% contained and controlled” Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service said.
NEW JERSEY Trenton: A nonprofit that set out on a mission to inform residents about racial injustice in their town has now sued 30 municipalities to do so, saying its requests have been denied for the email addresses of residents who are signed up for municipal emails.
NEW MEXICO Las Cruces: A family is demanding that the police officer who fatally shot a 75-year-old woman experiencing a form of dementia be charged with murder and plans to sue the city, the family’s lawyer said Thursday. Police body camera video showed the officer shot Amelia Baca as she stepped forward after not responding to multiple commands made in English to drop two kitchen knives. The family said Amelia Baca spoke only Spanish. NEW YORK Oak Beach: A woman who disappeared in a beach community on Long Island more than a decade ago, sparking an investigation into a possible serial killer, said that “there’s somebody after me” in a newly released 911 tape. But Suffolk County police said Friday they still believe Shannan Gilbert’s death near Gilgo Beach was a “tragic accident” unconnected to the slayings of multiple other women whose remains were found in the same area in 2010 and 2011.
NORTH CAROLINA Pittsboro: About 100 people attended a service Saturday to honor the memories of five people who were lynched in Chatham County over a century ago. NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: A state senator who is resigning following a report about scores of text messages he exchanged with an inmate ran up travel expenses in the past decade that are more than 14 times what lawmakers bill North Dakota taxpayers on average, according to a review by the Associated Press. OHIO Columbus: Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday delayed until 2025 the September execution of a death row inmate sentenced for killing two men in a robbery that netted $40.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The state’s Pardon and Parole Board was so focused on releasing inmates that it cut corners and ignored internal processes that ultimately led to the release of an inmate later charged with murder, according to a grand jury report released last week. It also described as “grossly improper” a meeting Gov. Kevin Stitt had with a group of people he ultimately appointed to the board during which decisions were made about upcoming votes and dismissing its director. OREGON Portland: Growing discontent over homelessness and crime in the city is driving interest in a pair of congressional primaries, one featuring a vulnerable incumbent endorsed by President Joe Biden and the other involving a candidate bankrolled by cryptocurrency. PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading Democrat in the state’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest, has suffered a stroke but is on his way to a “full recovery,” his campaign said Sunday.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: State police K-9 Ruby, the famous search and rescue dog who inspired a Netflix movie, was euthanized Friday following a sudden and untreatable illness, the state police agency announced. SOUTH CAROLINA Batesburg-Leesville: State surveyors are ready to discuss their efforts to define the border between Lexington County and Saluda County. The South Carolina Geodetic Survey is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Batesburg-Leesville Town Hall. TENNESSEE Nashville: At least two people connected to an execution that was abruptly put on hold last month knew the night before that the lethal injection drugs the state planned to use hadn’t undergone some required testing, newly released records show.
TEXAS Austin: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
UTAH Salt Lake City: Removing books from school libraries, as some parent groups and individuals have pushed local school boards and administrators to do over what they deem inappropriate content, “can constitute an official suppression of ideas, in violation of the First Amendment,” says a new memo sent to schools by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
VERMONT Montpelier: The Legislature has adjourned after passing a more than $8 billion budget. The spending plan includes big investments in housing, broadband, the environment and education, while lawmakers also approved allocating more than $90 million to workforce and economic development. VIRGINIA Wilsons: Several property owners are suing the state Department of Wildlife Resources over a law that allows hunters to retrieve their hunting dogs from private property, even when posted signs specifically say access has been denied. WASHINGTON Richland: A federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by several hundred Hanford nuclear reservation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers over COVID-19 vaccine requirements. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The West Virginia Supreme Court’s newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. Justice C. Haley Bunn, of Oceana in Wyoming County, is the youngest woman to serve in the post, the court said. WISCONSIN Madison: The Wisconsin Parole Commission’s leader agreed Friday to rescind a convicted murderer’s parole at Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ request after Evers came under criticism from GOP rivals looking to unseat him in November. WYOMING Worland: A fossilized dinosaur foot changed up the routine for radiologists at a local hospital, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports. Washakie Medical Center performed a CT scan on dozens of slices of the fossil dating back 150 million years after a family found bones from a sauropod during a public dig.