Civil War cannonballs, loggerhead turtle left in Dorian’s wake: News from around our 50 states | News Coverage from USA

Civil War cannonballs, loggerhead turtle left in Dorian’s wake: News from around our 50 states

From USA TODAY Network and wire reports

Published 2:51 AM EDT Sep 11, 2019

Alabama

Montgomery: The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said the Alabama Democratic Party has “fallen far short” of basic obligations to develop strategy and infrastructure and has chronically underperformed in almost every aspect of operation. DNC Chairman Tom Perez delivered the rebuke in a letter outlining the state of challenges filed against the state party. He said Alabama is the only state where monthly party development funds have been withheld because of problems. The letter also indicated Alabama’s participation in Democrats’ presidential nominating convention could be in jeopardy. A DNC panel had said it won’t approve the state’s delegate selection plan until the state party holds new leadership elections under properly approved bylaws. The DNC in February ordered Alabama to hold new elections for chair and vice-chair and to revise bylaws.

Alaska

Anchorage: A high school swimmer was disqualified from a race because a judge ruled that her school-issued swimsuit did not meet modesty requirements. The Anchorage School District is reviewing the decision Friday that negated a heat victory by a 17-year-old a state-champion swimmer for Dimond High School. The National Federation of State High School Associations in August said male and female athletes could be disqualified if their swimsuits did not cover the buttocks. KTUU-television reported a competing coach, Lauren Langford of West High School, said the girl was the only swimmer disqualified even though her teammates wore similar suits. Langform said the champion swimmer is being punished for her athletic physique and that the cut of most competitive suits isn’t in compliance with the rule.

Arizona

Phoenix: Arizona’s longest-running AIDS service organization is closing, officials announced Monday. The board of directors for the nonprofit Phoenix Shanti Group made the decision on Friday. The organization has 13 staff members, approximately 100 clients and will gradually wind down over the next nine months, leaders with the group said. The Shanti Group was created in 1987 in the midst of the deadly AIDS crisis to provide support to individuals, families and loved ones affected by HIV/AIDS. Keith Thompson, the organization’s CEO, said he is confident another housing provider will take over management of the 30 beds on four properties that Shanti operates for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. There is always a waiting list for those beds, he said.

Arkansas

Little Rock: Former state Rep. Kelley Linck is leaving his job with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to join a lobbying firm. Mullenix & Associates LLC on Tuesday announced that Linck will join the firm in mid-October. The announcement comes a day after DHS said Linck was leaving as the department’s first chief of legislative and intergovernmental affairs in October for the private sector. Linck also served as the chief of staff for DHS and was paid $127,100 a year. Linck resigned from the state House in 2016 to take a position with DHS. He had served in the House since 2011 and was the chairman of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee at the time of his resignation from the Legislature.

California

Sacramento: A new law says elementary and middle schools can’t suspend students for infractions like falling asleep in class or talking back to a teacher. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill Monday banning public and charter schools from suspending students for “willful defiance.” California already prohibits suspensions for students up to the third grade. The new law extends a permanent ban to grades four and five. It temporarily restricts them for grades six through eight until 2025. Democratic Sen. Nancy Skinner, who authored the bill, said state data shows students of color are more likely to be suspended for willful defiance than white students. The new law takes effect on July 1.

Colorado

Longmont: The city has stopped adding fluoride to its drinking water because of a shortage of the mineral that helps prevent cavities. Bob Allen, Longmont’s public works director, told the Times-Call the city hasn’t added fluoride to the water in about a month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommends fluoridating drinking water to a level of 0.7 milligrams per liter. Longmont naturally has 0.2mg/L of fluoride in its water supply. Water treatment operations manager Jim Kaufman said he’s expecting his Belgium supplier to ramp up production in the next couple of weeks. The CDC said shortages of fluoride are not common and tend to last for a few weeks.

Connecticut

East Lyme: Public health officials are warning of a fox attack. The Ledge Light Health District, which oversees public health in several southeastern Connecticut communities, said the fox attacked two people in East Lyme on Monday morning. Police said one person suffered bites to the leg and the other to the arm. One was hospitalized. The fox was not captured so there was no word on whether it had rabies or any other ailment, but the health district said anyone who sees the fox should contact the local animal control officer. Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk said because of the fox’s unusual behavior, “We’re assuming it was sick.” Health officials also warned the public to refrain from feeding or approaching wild or stray animals.

Delaware

Lewes: A female loggerhead turtle weighing about 275 pounds was found alive on Lewes Beach after Hurricane Dorian passed the coastline. The animal had what was thought to be a preexisting shell injury caused by a boat propeller, according to Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute. The turtle was also underweight and had parasites and other organisms living on its shell. The turtle received initial treatment at the MERR facility and was transported to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where she’s receiving long-term rehabilitation. The turtle remains in critical condition, and the aquarium couldn’t say when she could be fully rehabilitated.

District of Columbia

Washington: WUSA-TV reported that personnel with UNICEF’s Washington office played a role in facilitating relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, coordinating funding with American donors for a mission requiring an initial $4 million. The DC office also maintains close contact with Congress, and will likely work on emergency humanitarian appropriations for the region in the near future. A delivery Saturday included 400,000 water purification tablets, water tanks for at least 2,000 people and emergency food supplies. The materials primarily benefit children and their guardians – among the most vulnerable survivors in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Florida

Lakewood: Officials said a woman was bitten on the ankle by a black bear outside her home. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release said she was attacked early Tuesday morning at a Longwood gated community. FWC spokesman Chad Weber said the woman had let her dog out shortly after midnight when the dog encountered a female bear with two cubs. The woman suffered an ankle injury that wasn’t considered life-threatening. The dog wasn’t injured. Weber said officers were still investigating how the woman was attacked. Wildlife officials were working to capture the bear. The Springs gated community near the Wekiva River Conservation Area has long had a bear problem. The Orlando Sentinel reported the homeowners association voted in 2017 to buy bear-proof garbage cans for all 879 homes.

Georgia

Silver City: Authorities said a truck carrying about 10,000 pounds of dynamite crashed and overturned on a highway, spilling fuel and closing the roadway. News outlets reported a portion of Georgia State Route 53 in Dawson County was closed early Tuesday as authorities responded to the scene near Silver City. Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson told reporters that the truck was involved in a crash with at least three other vehicles. Reports said the crash caused two people to suffer minor injuries. Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services posted on Facebook that the overturned truck was ferrying hazardous materials and it expected that portion of the highway to be closed for several hours.

Hawaii

Lihue: The number of abandoned vehicles on the island is rising each year, a report said. The Kauai Police Department ordered the towing of 653 vehicles over the 2019 fiscal year, The Garden Island reported Sunday. There are more than 270 pending complaints. Each vehicle costs a few hundred dollars to remove, although the figure can climb as high as $2,000 depending upon a vehicle’s condition and location, officials said. Police oversaw the removal of 404 abandoned and derelict vehicles in the fiscal year 2017 and 498 in the fiscal year 2018. Hawaii’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through the end of the following June. Kauai taxpayers funded $411,000 in handling and disposal costs for abandoned and derelict vehicles in 2017 and about $423,000 in 2018. This year, the county has already spent about $491,000, officials said. The figures do not take into account payroll costs and the county labor cost for to deal with the vehicles, officials said.

Idaho

Boise: Gov. Brad Little has ordered all U.S. and state flags in Idaho to be flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of a fallen Green Beret killed during combat in Afghanistan. Little said 31-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard died Aug. 29 from wounds received in Zabul Province. Ard was on his third deployment to country, and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. The Army said Ard earned numerous awards, medals and decorations, and was promoted to Sergeant 1st Class at the beginning of August. Little said “Ard leaves a legacy for all Idahoans of strength, service, and loyalty to this great nation.” The Idaho Falls soldier, and son of former Ammon Mayor Bruce Ard, is survived by his daughter and pregnant wife.

Illinois

Chicago: The Jewish community of River North and Fulton Market will celebrate the completion of its first Torah scroll. The community will celebrate Sept. 15 when a certified ritual scribe uses a special quill to ink the final letters of the scroll. The celebration will include a procession under a traditional canopy and live music, singing and dancing. The handwritten copy of the Torah contains as many as 84 sheets of parchment that are prepared according to exact specifications. It’s primarily written by a scribe in Israel. It contains 304,805 letters, takes months to complete and even a slight error renders the entire script void. It will be housed at Chabad of River North and Fulton Markets and will be used for Shabbat and holiday services, including Rosh Hashanah, beginning Sept. 29.

Indiana

Nashville: Brown County tourism officials have switched on their seasonal “leaf cam” that monitors the forested region’s changing fall foliage. The camera that’s perched atop a cabin near the southern Indiana county’s Bean Blossom overlook shows a panoramic view of the scenery nearby, and refreshes every 15 minutes. The forested view of the county that’s a popular tourist destination currently shows largely green leaves. But the foliage will be filling up with autumnal reds, yellows, oranges and browns in the coming weeks. The Herald-Times reported that the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau said that between late September and early November the county’s trees will put on a showy display with an array of colors. Mid-October is usually the peak season for those colors. Weather can affect its arrival time.

Iowa

Amber: The Jones County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to discuss concerns about a hula hoop tree that sits along a county road on Tuesday. The discussion could include proposals to move it, tear it down or find another tree or place for the hoops. Some local residents said the first hula hoop on the tree was blown there during a storm, but there are other, competing versions about what happened. Hundreds of colorful hoops now adorn the dead tree, which has become a quirky landmark that has drawn visitors from across the Midwest and beyond. County Supervisor Lloyd Eaken said he is worried that the tree is in such bad shape it won’t be able to hold up the weight of the hoops for much longer. County Sheriff Greg Graver said the tree’s location makes it an unsafe place for motorists to stop.

Kansas

Plainville: The Kansas Geological Survey said an earthquake and two aftershocks were reported in Rooks County during the weekend. The organization said a 3.7 magnitude quake was recorded Sunday morning about 9 miles west of Plainville. That was followed Sunday night be aftershocks of 2.4 and 2.2 magnitude. The Wichita Eagle reported Geological Survey data showed 49 earthquakes have been reported this year in the northwest Kansas county. The strongest was a 4.8 magnitude on June 22. The Kansas Corporation Commission is investigating about a dozen earthquakes near Hutchinson in Reno County, including several in mid-August. Two quakes with a magnitude of 4.2 were recorded three days apart in the county, where 31 quakes have been reported this year. The investigation is focusing on injection-well activity in the county.

Kentucky

Frankfort: The remains of a Kentucky soldier who died in Germany during World War II have been identified and will be returned home. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that Army Pfc. Jacob W. Givens was officially accounted for in June. Givens was a native of Mount Sterling and was 30 when he died. A release from Gov. Matt Bevin’s office said Givens was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, which was fighting in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest in October 1944. Officials with the accounting agency analyzed a set of remains found by a woodcutter in 1947. The agency used dental, anthropological and DNA analysis to identify Givens, who will be buried Nov. 9 in Prestonsburg.

Louisiana

Lafayette: Zachary Richard, a musician, poet and activist who has worked to preserve the Acadian culture and promote French education, has been named an officer in a historic French order. The Daily Advertiser reported Richard was bestowed the honorary title in the French Academic Palms during a ceremony Monday in Lafayette. The honorary title was created by Napoleon I in 1808 to honor service to French education. The Consul General of France in Louisiana said in a release that Richard has dedicated himself to supporting immersion schools and promoting French and Creole language. He also has founded a nonprofit to preserve Acadian culture. During the ceremony, Richard launched a fundraiser to buy materials for the schools. Richard’s accomplishments include receiving honorary degrees from U.S. and Canadian universities, performing sold-out concerts and producing platinum albums.

Maine

Portland: City planners are proposing new zoning rules that would encourage developers to consider sea-level rise when building in flood-prone areas. The proposal would let developers build taller buildings if they can prove the additional height is being used to prepare for water-level changes associated with climate change. The Portland Press Herald reported the city’s Planning Board was expected to review the proposed Coastal Resiliency Overlay Zone on Tuesday night. The City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee will review the proposal Sept. 18. The overlay zone’s exact boundaries have not been determined, but city planners plan to work off the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s estimates of a 10-foot sea level rise. According to the department, those numbers could become a reality as soon as 2100.

Maryland

Annapolis: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been awarded more than $700,000 in federal funding to study and monitor the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. The agency said the money will be used over three years to continue the department’s tagging and tracking of fall spawning Atlantic sturgeon in the Nanticoke River and Marshyhope Creek. The federal grant is being provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It will help scientists in Maryland and Delaware capture the fish, collect DNA samples and implant acoustic transmitters to help track their staging, spawning and migration patterns. Until recently, Maryland’s Atlantic sturgeon population was believed to have been decimated. In 2014, biologists discovered a fall spawning adult sturgeon population in the Nanticoke River. The appearance was the first in 40 years.

Massachusetts

Boston: Kindergarteners in Boston are getting a unique back-to-school gift: $50 deposited into their own savings accounts. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that every kindergarten student in the city’s public school system will get the savings accounts and cash starting this fall as part of the Boston Saves initiative. The effort also includes incentives for families to build the account for their child’s future. Families can earn up to an extra $65 from the city during the first year through regular contributions. The accounts become available when the student graduates from high school. It’s meant to help pay for college or job training. Walsh said the effort expands a pilot program in place in about a dozen schools since 2016. Some 1,600 students have benefited from that earlier effort.

Michigan

Bloomfield Hills: A church is canceling an anti-Muslim event scheduled for the 9/11 anniversary after facing condemnation from Michigan representatives and organizations. Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church announced in a one-sentence email that it will cancel the two-day “9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam?” event that was originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The event was scheduled to have two speakers who would address topics such as “How the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church” and “How Islam is destroying America from within.” The church’s pastor, Donald McKay, defended the event last week, telling the station that “Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America,” and that although he couldn’t speak for his church, “we don’t hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with.” The event quickly gained attention from political leaders and organizations in Michigan, who condemned the discussion and called for its cancellation.

Minnesota

Duluth: A preliminary investigation has found no signs of accelerants at a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue, authorities said. But further investigation will have to be done once the building is stabilized, Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. Firefighters responded to the fire at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth about 2 a.m. Monday. Firefighters were still hosing down the building’s blackened shell five hours later. Authorities said they have some idea where the fire began, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Police have spoken to a couple of people of interest in connection with the fire. But Tusken declined to say why they were of interest, other than that they were in the area. Two investigators have been assigned from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is standard when fires break out in places of worship. Authorities said eight of 14 Torah scrolls stored in the synagogue were saved. One firefighter who was struck by falling debris was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

Mississippi

Meridian: The hometown museum honoring Jimmie Rodgers, regarded as the father of country music, will open in temporary space while renovation of its new permanent home continues. Officials expect a surge of interest in Rodgers, the first performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, after PBS airs an eight-part Ken Burns-produced documentary about country music, said Meridian community development director Laura Carmichael. The series begins Sept. 15. Rodgers, called the Singing Brakeman because he worked on railroads, influenced dozens of stars including Gene Autry, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, according to his biography on the Hall of Fame’s website.. His hits included “In the Jailhouse Now,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and “Blue Yodel” and 12 sequels. The Jimmie Rodgers Museum in a Meridian park has been closed since May 2018 while an existing railroad museum is renovated as the Jimmie Rodgers Railroad and Music Museum. Exhibits about Rodgers will open temporarily in another downtown building.

Missouri

St. Louis: Washington University will receive nearly $4 million over the next five years as part of a national effort to end the spread of HIV. The university said Tuesday that the $3.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to establish a regional resource center for HIV prevention efforts in 12 Midwestern states. As part of the program, Washington University experts will teach community providers about the use of a medicine called a PrEP pill that helps protect against HIV exposure, and teach them how to discuss HIV risk with patients. The university said those at high risk who take a PrEP pill daily can cut the risk of sexual transmission by 92% and of blood-borne transmission by more than 70%.

Montana

Billings: Wildlife officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information in the shooting of possibly dozens of pelicans along the Bighorn River. State game wardens have reported retrieving about a dozen dead pelicans along a stretch of the river downstream of Yellowtail Dam. The river in that area is popular among fly fishermen. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Robert Gibson said the birds are being killed with a shotgun. Officials believe dozens more might have been shot and killed this summer in the same area. Gibson said that estimate is based on dead birds seen but not retrieved by wardens and reports they have received. Pelicans are a protected under federal law as migratory birds. The reward is offered for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Nebraska

Ashland: State officials said an insect that has killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found near Ashland. The state Agriculture Department recently found the emerald ash borer in Saunders County. The pest had already been found in nearby Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties. The insects have killed tens of millions of ash trees. They are native to Asia and were first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002. The insects were first detected in Nebraska in Omaha and Greenwood in 2016. Infected trees usually lose leaves at the top of the canopy and the die-off spreads downward. The trees usually die within four years. State officials are working to slow the spread of the insect, but Agriculture Director Steve Wellman said the pest can’t be eliminated.

Nevada

Reno: The city is selling 200 trees to residents at discounted prices as part of an effort to help conserve energy and reduce power bills by creating shade around homes. The special deal offered through ReLEAF Reno and Energy-Saving Trees is part of an Arbor Day Foundation program. The goal is to double the city’s tree canopy from about 5% to 10% by 2036. Residents can reserve up to two trees for $16.25 each at ArborDay.org/Reno. They must promise to properly maintain the tree with an automatic watering system already in place. Vice Mayor Naomi Duerr said the city is contributing 75% of the cost of the trees to offset the significant retail discount.

New Hampshire

Concord: Authorities said a man facing a drunken driving charge destroyed a fire sprinkler at a police department, setting off other sprinklers that flooded jail cells and damaged the computer system. Police in Concord said more than 6 inches of water filled the area Tuesday morning. The booking area was out of service for several hours. Police charged 28-year-old Matthew Miller of Wilmot with interference with a fire alarm and criminal mischief, in addition to the drunken driving charge. He was held without bail. Miller faced arraignment Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

New Jersey

Brigantine: Authorities were renewing a strong warning against people jumping from bridges after two people jumped off a 60-foot-high causeway bridge a week ago. The Press of Atlantic City reported that fire department was called at about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 about people jumping from the Brigantine bridge over Absecon Inlet. Witnesses told firefighters that the two made their way to shore, apparently uninjured, and fled when police and fire department sirens were heard. Fire Capt. Tim Daley said jumping from bridges or other structures is “not only illegal but could potentially be deadly.” He said the Brigantine bridge stands more than 60 feet above the water, depending on the tide, and strong currents, boats and marine vehicles pose dangers.

New Mexico

Albuquerque: The city spent nearly $1.6 million to promote a Mexico-based airline that had promised – then canceled – regular international flights and city officials raced behind the scenes to unsuccessfully save the direct service amid uncertainty from the Mexican company, documents revealed. Emails obtained through a public records request show Albuquerque officials panicked after hearing rumors that low-cost airline Volaris was planning to suddenly cancel the scheduled direct service to Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal reported. In the end, Volaris did scrap the flight after Albuquerque refused the airline’s last-minute demand for more money. Volaris also blamed low ticket sales. Volaris was to have regular direct flights from Albuquerque and the city of Chihuahua and from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico. It launched nonstop service between Albuquerque and Guadalajara, Mexico, last November and announced in February plans to start Albuquerque-Chihuahua service in June. The Albuquerque International Sunport – which had not had an international flight in nearly a decade – upgraded its facilities to process passengers arriving from another country. It spent about $700,000 to construct a “federal inspection station” and make other improvements to accommodate Volaris and an additional $400,000 on the automated passport kiosks to screen international passengers, according to a July 1 letter to Volaris from Pierotti. The Sunport also cut other deals with Volaris through incentive programs it uses to entice new air service.

New York

Henrietta: After sitting dormant for more than a year, a former Babies R Us store is getting an upgrade, which is fueling speculation on social media about a new tenant. The building’s leasing agent, Mission Commercial Realty, declined to say whether an occupant has been lined up, citing a confidentiality policy. And the town has not been made aware of plans for reuse of the 29,574-square-foot structure. Workers have been making cosmetic improvements to the facade of the store, located between a Target and Best Buy, since at least last week – something that is allowed without a town permit, said Mark Hugick of the Henrietta Building Department. He said permits would be required for major structural work and occupancy, and neither has been sought. Babies R Us closed its Henrietta location in March 2018, part of a nationwide shutdown of stores after the chain and its sister brand, Toys R Us, filed for bankruptcy. Toys R Us stores were shuttered in Greece and Henrietta around the same time. In July it was reported that Toys R Us would make a small-scale comeback by opening stores in November in Houston and Paramus, New Jersey, and possibly eight more in 2020.

North Carolina

Fletcher: Officials for a state fair said a Ferris wheel-like ride has been temporarily closed after a spoke tumbled off while the ride was in motion. North Carolina Mountain State Fair official Matt Buchanan told news outlets passengers were on board the Space Wheels ride Saturday night when a part broke and fell into a fenced-off area nearby. Buchanan said the part that broke wasn’t major and didn’t cause the ride to malfunction. He said operators unloaded passengers and closed the ride. No injuries were reported. Buchanan said inspectors from the state’s Labor Department will check the ride and newly installed parts this week to get it back up and running. The ride is an attraction at the 10-day fair located about 12 miles from Asheville

North Dakota

Bismarck: The state’s annual pheasant brood survey released Monday showed that pheasants totals are up 10% from last year and broods have increased by 17%, which state Game and Fish Department officials call continued improvement after nearly bottoming out two years ago. Wildlife officials said the numbers are particularly encouraging in the northwest, up 49% percent from 2018, and southeast, which saw a 32% increase. Upland game biologist RJ Gross said this was the first year “in a while” with good residual cover to start the year and good weather for nesting and brood-rearing. Gross said populations in the state’s primary pheasant district and most popular hunting area, in southwestern North Dakota, are “slowly improving” although total birds were down 7%. Broods were up 2% from 2018. The summary is based on 275 survey runs made along 101 brood routes across the state.

Ohio

Cincinnati: Planned Parenthood will close two Cincinnati health centers that together serve more than 6,000 patients a year. The planned closure of the Springdale Health Center and Western Hills Health Center comes after the organization refused to follow new rules for receiving federal money for birth control and other reproductive health services. Neither of the centers performs abortions. The organization blames the federal and state policy changes for the centers having to close on Sept. 20. The Trump administration began enforcing a “gag rule” in August, preventing entities receiving Title X dollars from recommending or advocating abortion. Planned Parenthood decided to not comply with the federal rule and stopped accepting funding through the federal program that provides family planning help to low-income women and families.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City: Police said officers shot and killed a man after he fled a home where his wife was fatally shot, led them on a chase and pointed a gun at them. Police Capt. Larry Withrow said Quentin Broadus was shot Monday after exiting his car and pointing the weapon at officers in northwest Oklahoma City. Withrow said Broadus was fleeing as officers arrived at a home to investigate reports of gunfire. Police said Caleea Broadus was found wounded inside the home and later died and investigators believe she was shot by her husband. Withrow said Sgts. Chad Pickle, Robert Allen and Joshua Thee and officers Clifford Beloncik, Aaron Richards and Simeon Alibrando opened fire on Quentin Broadus and all are on paid leave pending an investigation. None of the officers was injured.

Oregon

Portland: State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said they plan to start tracking pronghorn antelope to learn more about the species and identify migration patterns in southeast Oregon. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported during the last week of September, wildlife biologists working with federal agencies will capture and attach radio collar tracking devices to 155 pronghorn antelope. Ungulate species coordinator Don Whittaker said state police aircraft will look for groups of pronghorn and then a contractor will use helicopters to capture and deploy GPS radio collars. Fish and Wildlife will track the antelope in connection with a U.S. Interior Department program that aims to improve habitat quality in western big-game winter range and migration corridors. The project comes after the archery deer and elk seasons but before the rifle deer season starts Sept. 28.

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg: A proposal to allow limited hunting in Pennsylvania on Sundays is running into opposition that could prevent its final passage in the state House. Game and Fisheries Committee Chairman Keith Gillespie said Tuesday after a contentious informational hearing in the Capitol that supporters will need to engage in some “damage control” if they hope to see the bill enacted. The state Senate voted 36-14 in June to permit hunting on one Sunday during deer rifle season, one during deer archery season and on a third Sunday. It’s touted as a way to make it easier for younger people and those who work during the week to hunt. Pennsylvania has long banned Sunday hunting, although there are exceptions for crows, foxes and coyotes.

Rhode Island

Providence: Brown University has failed to fulfill its promise of a $10 million endowment fund benefiting Providence schools, according to a report Tuesday by The Boston Globe. The newspaper reported that the Ivy League university pledged to establish the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence in 2007, based on recommendations from a committee that investigated the university’s involvement with the slave trade. Brown raised just $1.9 million from private donations. Spokesman Brian Clark explained the shortfall by saying that the fund “didn’t resonate as much with donors.” In 2013, Brown said the fund would be used to provide college scholarships for Providence public high school graduates, rather than direct grants to local schools. There is no formal agreement with the city to raise $10 million, but Clark said Brown remains committed to securing donations for the fund and separately providing money to the district using its own operating budget.

South Carolina

Folly Beach: A couple combing a beach after Hurricane Dorian thought they discovered a large rock, but soon realized they stumbled upon two Civil War-era cannonballs lodged in the sand. Aaron Lattin told news outlets that he and his girlfriend encountered the 150-year-old relics on the edge of Folly Beach, about 10 miles from Charleston, on Friday night. Folly Beach Police Chief Andrew Gilreath confirmed to news outlets the couple had found an 8-inch cannonball and a smaller 3-inch shell that had been uncovered by the storm that swept up the coast last week. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal experts inspected the artifacts and deemed them safe. Following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, 16 cannonballs washed up at the same beach.

South Dakota

Rapid City: State regulators said Rapid City Regional Airport did not cause contamination when it dumped sewage on its property last month. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources said tests of the airport’s septic lagoon found that its contents would have been safe to spread on land had airport officials sought permission to do so. A department spokesman told the Rapid City Journal that regulators also determined there was “no evidence of runoff or impacts to surface water bodies” in places where wastewater was dumped. Those results were corroborated by a private firm that also conducted tests. The airport dumped about 74,000 gallons of sewage on its property without a permit. The airport’s executive director said the open-air lagoon was at risk of overflowing following weeks of heavy rainfall.

Tennessee

Knoxville: A Florida boy who was bullied over his homemade University of Tennessee shirt now has fans of his own. News outlets reported the university is now selling shirts featuring the boy’s hand-drawn design, which also has been painted onto the Rock , a longtime 97.5-ton campus landmark made of dolomite stone. The school’s VolShop website said a portion of sales proceeds will be donated to the STOMP Out Bullying nonprofit. The boy’s teacher shared his story on Facebook, noting that his excitement for his school’s college colors day turned to devastation after he was bullied at lunch last week. Her widely shared post led the school to send the boy a care package replete with heartfelt notes and Vols gear that he shared with his class.

Texas

Galveston: The Rollover Pass manmade channel along the Gulf of Mexico will close this month because of erosion concerns after more than 60 years as a popular Texas fishing and tourism spot. The Texas General Land Office on Monday announced a $7.4 million contract with Brizo Construction. Fencing should be installed by the end of September and work is expected to be completed by April. Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, near Galveston, opened in 1955 as a dredging project to improve water quality and salinity and help with fish migration. The 2009 Texas Legislature authorized closing Rollover Pass amid erosion and environmental damage. The project was delayed several years following opposition by some sports and fishing groups, plus rising costs. The updated site is expected to include a park and fishing area.

Utah

Provo: State regulators are warning people not to swim, water ski or drink the water on any part of Utah Lake at least through the end of the month. The Daily Herald reported the Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued the warning advisory on Monday after counts of cyanobacteria in three locations exceeded safe levels. Pets and livestock should also be kept away. Fish caught from the lake need to be cleaned well and boaters are asked to avoid scummy areas. Cyanobacteria from harmful algal blooms can cause rashes, respiratory problems, stomach aches and other issues. They can also poison animals. The department is expected to reevaluate at the end of September.

Vermont

Lyndon: A 4-year-old boy has posted a colorful, handmade sign to warn drivers about a beloved coverage bridge’s height and weight limits to ensure the structure isn’t damaged again. In May, a food delivery truck that was too large caused more than $50,000 in damage to the Miller’s Run Bridge in Lyndon. The damage to the bridge built in 1878 saddened Dela Stoddard-McGrath of Wheelock, who uses the bridge on his way to and from preschool, the Caledonian Record reported. After the bridge reopened in August, Dela made his sign “to make cars not hurt the bridge,” he said. He and a town official posted the temporary sign on Friday. The sign warns, “Stop! Back up if you’re more than 11’ 9” or 16,000 pounds.” Selectman Dan Daley said he thought the boy’s request to post the sign was “awesome.”

Virginia

Wallops Island: NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month. A news release said Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA said the goal is to deliver science investigations, supplies and equipment. The mission includes the testing of a vest created to protect astronauts from radiation, a special oven to study baking food in microgravity and a device to explore recycling plastics for a space device. A module will be mounted to the space station to look for evidence of “dark, strange and anti-matter” to understand how the universe was formed. Several spacewalks will include astronauts cutting and reconnecting fluid lines, which hasn’t been done in space.

Washington

Spokane: An Amazon fulfillment center under construction near the Spokane airport is expected to open by the middle of next year. The company said hiring will begin two months before completion of the $181 million building that covers 2.5 million square feet. The company has said it will hire more than 1,500 workers at a wage of at least $15 an hour to pack and ship items. The workforce will grow to 3,000 during the holiday shopping period. The Spokesman-Review reported the company has more than 100 fulfillment centers nationwide.

West Virginia

Charleston: Kevin Oxenrider, who once dubbed West Virginia as rattlesnake country, is coordinating two research projects to learn more about the timber rattlesnake, the only rattlesnake species native to the Mountain State, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. One study, being conducted by students at Marshall University, is designed to develop a better and more effective way to move rattlers away from areas frequented by humans. The other seeks to determine where in West Virginia rattlesnakes tend to live. To determine the species’ distribution, DNR officials asked West Virginians to report rattlesnake sightings to a page on the agency’s website, wvdnr.gov/rattlesnakereport. More than 400 observations have been submitted so far, and Oxenrider expects more to come in by the end of the year, when the public-involvement portion of the study is scheduled to end.

Wisconsin

Superior: An American Indian tribe in northern Wisconsin has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas-fired power plant in Superior. The State Journal reported that the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is worried that the Nemadji Trail Energy Center would damage local wetlands, contribute to climate change and promote hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is considering an application from La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative and a subsidiary of Minnesota Power to build the 650-megawatt plant. The utilities said the facility is needed to allow them to move away from coal-fired generation and that it will support more clean energy sources like wind and solar. Superior’s mayor and some bipartisan western Wisconsin lawmakers support the project.

Wyoming

Moose: National Park Service rangers rescued a 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman who slipped on snow while climbing down the Middle Teton mountain in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming last weekend. Rescuers were called about 7:45 p.m. Saturday by Deidre DeSantis, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, who reported she was stranded on a ledge after falling about 30 feet. She had been climbing the Middle Teton with a friend but the two became separated. DeSantis was located early Sunday when rescuers in a helicopter spotted the light from her headlamp. A rescuer was lowered to join her about 8:15 a.m. Sunday but poor weather conditions prevented her from being taken out by helicopter until about 3 p.m. DeSantis was exhausted and cold but suffered only minor injuries.


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