News from around our 50 states

Hamilton the charm was a good luck charm for the Carolina hurricanes at home games, becoming something of an unofficial mascot. (Photo: The Associated Press)


Montgomery: A state historians group has elected its first American African president after over 70 years. Alabama Frazine Historical Society elected Taylor native Wetumpka as president for the coming year. Taylor, who works in the archives department at Alabama State University in Montgomery, was awarded an award in recognition of her contributions to the history of Alabama. Taylor, chairman of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission, is renowned for his expertise in genealogical research and history of American Africa. She was elected during the recent statewide meeting of the association in Tuscaloosa. The organization publishes a quarterly review and oversees an historic roadside markers program.


Juneau: State environmental officers launched the first ambient air quality study in the capital in over ten years to see if cruise ships or other sources have an impact on air. The state will collect data from 21 monitors installed in late April around downtown Juneau, Juneau Empire reports. The laser devices use particles to measure and report online in real time. They will remain in place in October. Fine particles are small particles that can be inhaled and at high levels that can include health problems, including respiratory illness, severe asthma, heart attack and premature death. In the Borough of Fairbanks North Star, where people burn wood in exchange for expensive fuel oil, fine particles are a perennial winter problem.


Grand Canyon National Park: Route 67 Scenic State it will reopen on Wednesday in time for the summer season of hikers, backpackers, and tourists visiting the remote North edge of the Grand Canyon. The area closes from mid-October through mid-May each year due to heavy snow, more than 9 feet during the winter on average, according to Arizona Department of Transport. When the national park lodge, campground, visitor center and restaurants reopen towards the end of spring, so SR 67, the 31 mile winding road with pipes and aspens connecting Lake Jacobs to Kaibab Plateau. Only about 10% of Grand Canyon's visitors are going to the North edge, but rewarded enthusiasts who are willing to make the extra travel with a more personal experience, spokesman Kris Grand Canyon Kris Fister says.


Radio band members send National Park to National Park Service staff, President Ginger Milan Buffalo, and more than 1,000 concert conductors at the 2018 show. (Photo: T. Fondriest / National Park Service) t

Ponca: For the fourth year in a row, Buffalo National River The National Park Radio band will hold a free concert in June 15 by Steel Creek Campground. The modern band is well known from Harrison, Arkansas, for his hopeful, enthusiastic lyrical lyrics about life, love and difficult choices, which contribute to the deep roots of the band in the Ozark Mountains. The music will start at 6 p.m. close to launch boat at Steel Creek Campground. Free parking is available on site, but National Park Service officers advise concert freight to the port to minimize the impact of traffic and related resources. The annual event, sponsored by Buffalo National River Partners, is aimed at promoting, appreciating, conserving and protecting the first national river in America.


City of Angels: Officials say that a planned subway project linking three downtown railway lines has been delayed again. The Los Angeles County Transport Authority states that the new completion date for the regional connector is mid-March 2022. The rail service is due to start five months later. The initial deadline for the agency was December 2020, but was delayed annually in 2017 as officials increased the budget to $ 1.75. billion. The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that the latest delay comes as the contractor tackles labor shortages. The project requires nearly 4 miles of excavation for two tunnels and three subway stations. The few tunnels were designed to connect three lines with two mechanical routes that allow passengers to ride long distances without changing trains.


Breckenridge: There is a new house in this ski town after a huge wooden troll. The Day Summit reports that the troll has been relocated to a site behind an ice range in the south of Breckenridge. The creator of the troll, the Danish artist Thomas Dambo, visited the site on Friday to paste a heart-shaped stone to the wooden body of the troll. It was first held near a corridor last summer for a festival, but it was very popular with visitors that nearby householders complained about crowds. It was built in November. The troll, called Heartstone Isak, stands 15 feet high. The site is not yet open to the public. The town is building a corridor and surrounding facilities, which are expected to open in early June.


Hartford: Gov. has signed legislation. Ned Lamont could create industrial hemp production in the state. The Democrat says the new law will provide farmers with the opportunity to boost their profits with hemp. ”He says it will attract established and first-time farmers to a new and growing market. The legislation was passed in both the House of State Representatives and the Seanad by means of unanimous votes. Under the new law, Connecticut Agriculture Department is required to establish a pilot program to grow or maintain industrial hemp. The federal government has recently allowed the states to grow, use or sell the product. Federal approval will finally require Connecticut regulations.


Dover: The state house is to vote on a bill preventing retailers from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. The bill is slated for voting The aim of Tuesday is to reduce the amount of plastic bags affecting landfills, litter roads and storm water systems. The bill relates to shops with over 7,000 square feet of sales space and chain stores with three or more sites with a sales space of 3,000 square feet. The prohibition of bags excludes restaurants, allowing exceptions to bags used for the return of meat, fish, flowers or plants or containing non-built food items. You could also carry golden fish in a house from a pet or from your washing from the dry cleaners in plastic bags.

District of Columbia

Washington: The country's capital is the largest use of drugs in the whole country, according to a new report from the personal finance website Wallethub, WUSA TV reports. The area scored 59.95 on a 100 point scale at Wallethub metrics, ranking as numbers. 1 for the most use of drugs and addiction. According to the report's findings, District of Columbia was also ranked in the top five for drug use by adults and teenagers. In order to find out who the states have the most drug problems, WalletHub made a comparison between the 50 states and D.C. in three categories: drug use and addiction, law enforcement, and drug rehabilitation issues and drugs.


Miami: The quiet South Beach neighborhood has become a character between guardians and homeowners who need more freedom from their property. The Palm Viewer residents are divided over pressure to recall the historical designation of the area, which protects Mediterranean Renaissance houses and low-rise flat buildings from demolition. However, it also limits the ability of property owners to build more resilient structures, and residents report that flooding in the area is deteriorating. South Florida is expected to see 1 to 2 feet of sea level rise by 2060, according to projections from the Southeast Florida Climate Composition. In Palm View, some residents say that it is now more important to build newer, more resilient structures. The neighborhood is in line with the Collins Canal.


Michelle Obama's first wife speaks to Rayven Peterson and Anta Njie from Morehouse College and Spelman College during a campus visit to Spelman College on Saturday in Atlanta. (Photo: Paul R. Giunta / Invision / AP)

Atlanta: A group of students from Spelman and Morehouse colleges studying Michelle Obama's memoir “Becoming,” were surprised to discuss the work – the first woman herself. Obama came to Spelman to talk to the students on Saturday about the best-selling book before his appearance on Saturday night at State Farm Arena in the center of Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Obama encouraged the 18 students to have faith in themselves, saying that she had learned through her eight years in the White House and elsewhere that she is so clever and talented with the well-trained and famous leaders who came upon her. t


Honolulu: Lawmakers representing the state want to carry out a major study of the impact of sunscreen chemicals on people and coral reefs around the world. The Star-Advertiser Honolulu reports in the US last week, accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore, with Sen Sen Merkley, D-Ore, who would require the Environmental Protection Agency to study the impact of human and environmental chemicals. In addition, Tulsi Gabbard represented the action with the Reef Safe Act of 2019 which would require the Food and Drug Administration to develop standards for the designation of “Reef Safe” in over-the-counter sunscreen. Last year, Hawaii enacted a law that prevents the sale or distribution of over the counter sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.


Handheld: Two city parks are being renamed to honor the Native Americans from the past. Idaho Press reports that Boise City Council voted unanimously on the name changes last week. Quarry View Park will now be renamed Eagle Rock Park, and the Rockcastle Reserve will be renamed as the Eagle Eye Central Reserve. The Council also voted unanimously on a resolution reaffirming the city's directions to contribute to the contribution of indigenous people to the area. Rock an Iolair is the traditional name for a balanced rock above Quarry View Park, and is now a significant location for tribes in the Treasure Valley. Eagle Eye was the chief executive of a band of 70 Weiser Shoshone who secretly moved to the Idaho mountains in 1878 instead of resettlement to reservation.


Urbana: The University of Illinois is planning to designate its Micro Nanotechnology Laboratory after an engineering visual arts which created the first practical LED. Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr., an Irish UI engineering alumnus found a new alloy in 1962 which would release light in the red segment of the visible spectrum. Energy-saving lights, or light-emitting diodes, are now universal and are used in everything from flash lights and electronics to spacecraft. The Irish UI trustees will vote this week on the nomination of the Irish Micro-Technology and Interface Interface in honor of Holonyak, the News-Gazette reports. Officials of the Irish UI College say that graduates have a major influence on the Institute's 152 year history and the native of Franklin County.


Porter: Dunes Indiana National Park says that visitors can book camping spaces, starting Wednesday. In recent years, all 66 sites at Donegal camping were available on a first come first served basis. Under the new system, 34 sites can be booked up to six months in advance. The remaining 32 sites will remain in the first instance, firstly. The price is $ 25 per night. Camping is open April through October. The the online booking system goes live at 9 a.m. Wednesday CDT. For more information, contact the park's information desk at (219) 395-1882, or visit their website. The park covers 15,000 acres along the southern coast of Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana.


Des Moines: Officials say that in the state has declared a dog disease that can be passed on to people. The state veterinarian says, Dr. Jeff Kaisand, confirmed a number of canine Brucellosis cases at a small breeding dog facility in Marion County. Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Land Supervision says it is informing people with dogs exposed under their custody. The animals and facilities are both quarantined during dog testing. Signs of the disease in a dog include infertility, spontaneous abortion and stillbirths. State health officials say that fever, sweat, headache, joint pain and weakness among people. The department says that the threat to most pet owners is very low. Dog breeders and veterinary staff could be at higher risk.


Kansas City: Nurse practitioners are fighting to get rid of the state requirement that they get work permission from a doctor. KCUR-FM Reports Kansas is one of the few states that high practice nurses are still signing contracts with doctors. The doctors argue that the contracts to protect patients by ensuring that nurses work with their colleagues are more skilled. But nurses are fighting back against the contracts, saying they limit patient choices and can even give doctors their earnings without much work. A bill seeking to reduce the requirement for a collaborative contract died in legislative movement this year. But nurse practitioners hope to try again, offering new nurse practitioners a few years before they move their contracts with doctors.


Louisville: Over the past three years, the state has made great strides in tackling food insecurity in distressed rural communities – and it is a model for other states trying to try new solutions. Earlier this year, Kentucky hosted the first ever Rural Hunger Summit, which organized the national No Kid Hungry campaign. The state was partially selected for its Hunger Initiative, launched by Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles in 2016. From the outset, the initiative awarded over 150 cool refrigerated and freezer to numerous food pantries around the country; created an economic incentive for summer meal programs, encouraging the purchase of more fruit and vegetables from local farmers; and recommended continued funding of the Farm Trust Fund to Food Banks, which awards grants to eligible non-profit organizations providing food for Kentuckians on low incomes.


Baton Rouge: A federal judge has conditionally dismissed a condition claiming that three consecutive prisoners who were ill in the state had a cruel and unusual punishment. The Counsel report solicitors to the prisoners and the Department of Justice asked the State to dismiss the 2013 civil rights law. Brian District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in 2016 that cell heat indexes greater than 88 degrees were a cruel and unusual punishment, but the control was canceled because he defined a maximum heat index. The conditional dismissal of Louisiana requires a stay in “significant compliance” with an agreement signed by him last year. This agreement requires the prisoners to have daily showers, containers and individual ice fans, water faucets in their cells and other cooling techniques.


St. George: $ 1 has been awarded to a state agency million to help get an island in the midlands coast area for conservation. The Department of State's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program is making the money available to help preserve Clark Island in the St. George's area. Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree says the Maine Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department will work with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust on the conservation project. Pingree says that the money will be used to purchase 168 acres of Clark Island. These acres are in line with an existing 250 acre state conservation easement in Saint George. Pingree says that the conservation of the site will protect birds' habitat and provide recreational opportunities.


Annapolis: Gov. Larry Hogan took first action in the country on Monday to make it easier for people without health insurance to find out if they qualify for low-cost insurance after filing their taxes. The new law will create a box for people to check the state income tax returns. If checked, the state's health care exchange will see if the person qualifies for Medicaid, based on information in the tax return, and those eligible will be automatically registered. The exchange will apply to persons who qualify for private cover. Hogan, Republican, highlighted binary work in the General Assembly under the control of Democrats on other health-related measures he signed on Monday. One raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 and includes a definition of tobacco products.


Boston: A recommended $ 2 A state board responsible for reviewing proposed major energy facilities awarded a billion wind farms proposed for federal waters from Martha Vineyards has a main license. Immediate Board of Massachusetts Energy Facilities approved applications filed at Vineyard Wind last week for the construction and operation of the 84-turbine wind farm, 800-megawatt about 14 miles south of Martha Vineyards off the Massachusetts Coast. Project officers are a significant milestone towards the construction of the wind farm. In February the project received primary approval from Rhode Island regulators following the decision by the State Coastal Resources Management Council that the project is in line with state policies.


In the "Star Trek" exhibition at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., Recreation is on the bridge from the original series, including original costumes worn by DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) and William Shatner (Captain Kirk), the original navigation console from the show, and a replica of the captain's chair. (Photo: Suzi Pratt)

Dearborn: The Henry Ford American Innovation Museum in Detroit suburbs has an exhibition offering an insight into the life of “Star Trek.” According to Star Trek: Exploring a New World, the exhibition takes place through September. 2 at the museum in Dearborn. It gives an insight into over 100 artefacts and appliances from the original TV series and its spinoffs. It examines its lasting influence on culture, from arts and technology to fashion and literature. The travel exhibition from Pop Seattle Culture Museum includes editor, composer and graduate from the original series. There are also artefacts from “Star Trek” films and the original set pieces, including a shipping console and costumes. The exhibition is a collaboration with CBS Consumer Products, which manages network licensing and merchandising.


Brainerd: A study of the University of Minnesota combines the decline of walleye in Lake Mille Lacs on habitat loss resulting from clearer water. Minnesota's Public Radio reports on the study were published in the journal Ecosphere. The author Gretchen Hansen says that researchers used 30 years of data on the lake's clarity and water temperature to estimate how the molecule habitat changed. Walleye prefers light water and cooler water. However, in recent years Mille Lacs' water clarification has increased, probably due to improvements to a septic system around the lake and the invasion of Zebra mussels. Hansen says he has reduced walleye habitat. The study suggests that changing the annual harvest levels based on changing water temperature and clarification may help to stimulate the sky population. Currently, State officials limit the estimated number of fish in the lake.


Oxford: A local cook won a major cooking prize after five previous nominations. The James Beard Foundation nominated Vishwesh Bhatt last week of Snackbar in Oxford as the 2019 winner for the best chef in the Southern region. Bhatt tells the Eagle winner “just an incredible feeling.” He thanks John Currence, a restaurant owner in Oxford, who has a Snackbar, the City Grocery and other restaurants in Oxford at the City Grocery Restaurant Group. Bhatt also gives his success to the restaurant team. Watt was the chef in Snackbar since it opened in 2009.


Saint Louis: Popular animal at St. Louis Zoo is celebrating birthday milestone: Merah is the orangutan Sumatran 50 years of age. Merah reached Monday half of the century. She was born in May 13, 1969, at a zoo in the Netherlands. She came to St. Louis in 1992. Merah is a five-hour mother, two grandmother and one grandmother. The zoo states that when Merah gave birth to Ginger in 2014 at the age of 45, she was the oldest orangutan Sumatran in the Association of Aquatic and Aquarium Orangutan Species Survival Plan to give birth and restore her offspring. Sumatran, Bornean and Tapanuli orangutan species are classified as critically endangered by habitat loss. The zoo states that less than 125,000 orangutans remain in the wild.


Missoula: Vintage plane has been restored by volunteers after resigning for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Missoulian reports that Dakota DC-3 years old called Miss Montana flew over Missoula's Sunday flight flight. This was the first time it had been on air since you arrived in 2001. Volunteers are working hard to get the ex-firefighter plane ready to travel to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Miss Montana intends to take part in the re-enactment of the invasion, including jerseys that move from Montana. Saturday night's wholesale money raised money to cover its fuel costs.


Omaha: Landowners are looking for new solutions for millions of years old phenomenon. Tons of sand, sediment and silt – some in dunes as high as 10 feet – are spread throughout the eastern half to two-thirds of the state by flood in March. In some areas, cornstalks are washed out 3 to 4 feet in depth. There are tree branches in cairns, and topsoil has fallen out. “We have built up a sand mountain,” said Glen Ryan Ueberrhein farmer with Omaha World-Herald. The sediment from Nebraska rivers and streams was deposited on nearby underwater land for millions of years. Now officials of the Department of Agriculture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and extended specialists are trying to find out what they will do with it. They are racing against the clock as they need to plant plants, and ranchers need grass pasture to taste their cattle.


Elko: Many volunteers in the north of the country plan to return to the 80-year-old youth camp site next month to start with $ 1. million attempts to rebuild after an explosive fire. Members of the Lions Elions Club who have launched a fundraising campaign for Lamoille Camp hope to reopen it next year in the rugged Ruby Mountains, where the Boy Boys in America founded south-east of Elko in 1939. Ten lost of the 16 buildings in the last fire collapsed, including the historic lodge, six A-frame cabins and three storage units. To date, the Club of Lenses has collected about $ 343,000 of the estimated total cost of reconstruction through fundraisers, insurance proceeds, and other individual and corporate donations.

New Hampshire

Concord: The schedule is set for a twelve-week celebration of the Statehouse. Although various events have taken place in recent years, the formal celebration begins on Sunday, June 2, with an opening ceremony, re-enactment of the first Statehouse session in 1819 and tours of the building. On Monday, there will be special concentrated debates involving former governors and executive advisers. In the schedule on Tuesday the Supreme Court has listened to oral arguments in the Representative's Hall and an event highlighting the statehouse press corps. Wednesday is focused on the state's cultural heritage and arts, and Thursday is Election Day for former law-makers. Market street “New Hampshire Made” Friday and final ceremonies Saturday ended the celebration of the first week in June.

New Jersey

Palmyra: Looking at an invasive saw lanternfly at Palmyra Cove in Burlington County it brought the attention of the state and agricultural departments of the United States. After one of the insects was seen in November, the US Department of Agriculture followed an inspection, finding and getting rid of a lanterfly egg mass spotted on an outline track, says Kristina Merola, director of natural sciences and park manager at Palmyra Cove. This month, as the insect season gets underway, teams from the NJDA began working in Palmyra Cove, the giant wetland labyrinth and woodlands under Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. They are marking Ailanthus trees, which are a vital host for the spotted festival plant species. State teams then treat herbicide crew, Merola says. Invasion bugs are a threat to all agricultural industries.

New Mexico

Carlsbad: School areas are increasingly dependent on representatives as they arise with an increasing number of teaching posts in the state. Areas which have vacancies are obliged to fill substitute teachers, particularly long-term representatives. Chaith roinnt de na hionadaithe sin blianta i seomra ranga mar oideachasóirí sealadacha. Deir ceannairí ceantair scoile gur céim riachtanach é agus iad ag déileáil leis na céadta post folamh ar fud an stáit. Fós féin, cuireann siad imní in iúl faoi na dúshláin a bhaineann le múinteoirí ionaid a fhostú nach mbíonn deimhnithe de ghnáth agus nach dtógann siad pleananna ceachta nó nach mbuaileann siad le tuismitheoirí. Deir tuarascáil ó Ollscoil Stáit Nua-Mheicsiceo go raibh thart ar 740 post teagaisc folamh ag an stát anuraidh, níos mó ná dhá oiread an 300 folúntas a tuairiscíodh in 2017.


Is é atá i ndíon an Dealbh nua de Mhúsaem na Saoirse ná ardán le radharcanna radhairc den dealbh agus spéirlíne Nua-Eabhrac. (Grianghraf: Tariq Zehawi /

Nua-Eabhrac: Tá Lady Liberty réidh chun an t-uasghrádú is mó a nochtadh ar a teach oileán ó d'ardaigh sí a tóirse i 1886. Níos mó ná dhá bhliain tar éis di talamh a bhriseadh, agus é maoinithe ag $ 100 milliún feachtas poiblí, osclaíonn an Músaem Dealbh na Saoirse nua Déardaoin. Ardaíonn an músaem 26,000 troigh chearnach, atá luchtaithe le iarsmaí stairiúla agus foilseáin idirghníomhacha, suas an cnoc ón lárionad coisithe ar Oileán na Saoirse, a fhaigheann roinnt 4.5 milliún cuairteoir gach bliain. Tógtar céimeanna sraithe, a rinneadh as an eibhear nua atá os comhair New Jersey, as an eibhear Stony Creek céanna a úsáidtear chun an bonn dealbh a thógáil, agus díon glas 14,000 troigh chearnach a bheith mar thoradh air, curtha le síolta dúchasacha. As sin, is féidir le cuairteoirí taitneamh a bhaint as radhairc lánléargais den Bhá Uachtarach idir Nua-Eabhrac agus Nua Jersey agus, ar ndóigh, í féin, Lady Liberty.

Carolina Thuaidh

Cónaíonn Hamilton an mhuc i Raleigh, CC, le Kyle Eckenrode, ar dheis, agus fiancee Karoline Briggs, chomh maith le haoire na hAstráile Ze agus ocht sicín. (Grianghraf: The Associated Press)

Raleigh: Tá an Hurricanes Carolina ag rith sa bhaile riamh ó thosaigh an grunter nua-aimseartha darb ainm Hamilton ag cur suas an choirnéal. Ní cosantóir Dougie Hamilton – Hamilton an mhuc. Léirigh Juliana potbelly 90 punt a ghlacann cluichí taobh thiar de na boird i vaigín pearsantaithe go leor sliseanna le linn a rith trí seachtaine mar charm dea-luck neamhoifigiúil na foirne. Sa talamh de barbeque muiceoil tharraingthe, pulls seo muc do na hairicíní. “Tá sé cosúil leis an gcéatadán beag idirlín seo a ghabh ar,” a deir a úinéir, bróicéir eastáit réadaigh Raleigh, Kyle Eckenrode. “Is breá le daoine é nuair a thugann muid amach é. Tá sé an-dÚsachtach féachaint air go léir ag teacht chun cinn. ”Ní féidir leis na hairicíní argóint a dhéanamh leis na torthaí: Ó shin i leith thosaigh Hamilton ag crochadh amach, ní chaill na himreoirí leis an muc mholta san fhoirgneamh.

Dakota Thuaidh

Bismarck: Fáiltíonn an Capitol roimh chuairteoirí nua go luath. Tuairiscíonn an Bismarck Tribune gur cheadaigh lucht dlí stáit $ 2 milliún chun an t-aon bhealach isteach poiblí a athmhúnlú roimh an gcéad seisiún reachtaíochta eile i mí Eanáir 2021. Is féidir teacht ar an mbealach isteach trí thollán atá dúnta le fada ó thrácht feithiclí. Deir Sen Ray Holmberg go gcuirfeadh an tollán isteach ar ghaoth an gheimhridh agus ar fhuar-fhuar isteach ar urlár na talún an Capitol. Deir stiúrthóir bainistíochta áiseanna an stáit, John Boyle, go n-éilíonn an plean an tollán a chur faoi iamh agus athrú a dhéanamh ar lánaí tiomána ina gcodanna le tírdhreachú. Deir Boyle go bhfeabhsódh an t-athmhúnlú inrochtaineacht chisneach. Deir Boyle go mbeidh na hathruithe “ina eispéireas níos éasca agus níos éasca do dhaoine a thagann chuig an Capitol.”


Concord Nua: Beidh Músaem John agus Annie Glenn tiomnaithe mar shuíomh ar Chlár Náisiúnta na nÁiteanna Stairiúla an mhí seo i mbaile dúchais an spásaire nach maireann, New Concord. Beidh an músaem, a bhí mar bhaile buachaill John Glenn, tiomnaithe i Domhnach searmanais i sráidbhaile Chontae Muskingum timpeall 70 míle soir ó Columbus. Cabhróidh iníon an Glenns, Lyn, leis an maoin a thiomnú. The former U.S. senator was born in Cambridge and moved to New Concord with his family in 1923. He was the first American to orbit the Earth and served 24 years as a Democrat in the Senate. The museum has also been designated an Ohio historic site and is on the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places.


Oklahoma City: A state investigator says cattle rustling is on the rise. The lead agent for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture’s criminal investigation unit tells The Journal Record that the number of cattle reported stolen through March has already surpassed all of 2018. That comes to 1,210 stolen in the first three months of the year compared to 975 in 2018. Investigator Jerry Flowers says the state often works with federal agencies. In a recent case, that has included the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs because the stolen cattle was on property north of El Reno that is under the jurisdiction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Nations.


Salem: The sergeant at arms of the state Senate had a new regular duty in recent days: searching the Capitol for Republican senators who have been staying away and brought the legislative body’s business to a halt. The tactic by the minority party is rare in Oregon but has been used throughout history, sometimes creating comical scenes. In Washington three decades ago, U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., was carried feet-first into the Senate chamber after Democrats ordered the arrest of Republican senators who were denying a quorum. The Oregon standoff ended on its fifth day Monday. It had been caused by GOP senators’ anger at a bill that raises taxes on some businesses to fund education. After the Senate finally convened Monday afternoon, it passed the measure. To get the Republicans to return, Democrats, who hold a supermajority, agreed not to advance a measure requiring vaccinations for children to attend public schools. They also agreed to drop gun-control legislation.


Philadelphia: For 20 years, visitors to Eastern State Penitentiary got a glimpse of how Al Capone may have lived while incarcerated there in 1929. But a new installation at the former prison, now a historic museum, reveals something new – that Capone had a cellmate. Capone’s solo cell was for decades based on a newspaper account in the Public Ledger that described a “beautiful rug of soft colors,” refined wood furniture, “tasteful paintings” and a cabinet-style radio that played waltzes. The exact cell to house America’s most famous gangster, in what was once the world’s most famous prison, remains a guess. As part of ongoing preservation, the history museum “moved” Capone one cell over, giving the bootlegger a more historically accurate exhibit that finds him in less fancy digs, which he shares with a cellmate. The original cell on exhibit is left empty. Visitors can tour both spaces.

Rhode Island

Providence: Lawmakers are considering a bill to waive state college application fees for veterans. Democratic state Sen. Walter Felag introduced the measure, which passed the Senate Wednesday and was referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. It would authorize state higher education institutions to waive application and transcript fees for veterans. It states that the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education should encourage the presidents of the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island to do so. Felag says it’s just one way to express gratitude for veterans’ service to the country and make their lives easier after they return home.

South Carolina

Charleston: A program to prevent former inmates from returning to prison has launched in the Lowcountry. WCIV-TV reports Project Evolution Inc. kicked off Friday. The program helps teach former inmates basic technology and job skills and also helps them build resumes and train for job interviews. The program begin in 2015 in Washington, D.C. Founder Barbara Magwood says she’s helped about 200 former inmates readjust to life without bars and to stay out of jail. South Carolina Department of Corrections data from 2015 shows 22.3% of inmates return to jail within three years. Magwood says through encouragement, the program is able to show ex-inmates that there’s hope after prison. Elder Walter Jackson, pastor of Greater Refuge Temple in Charleston, says his church is providing program volunteers to facilitate skills training.

South Dakota

Spearfish: A study shows that the population of a bird listed as a threatened species in the state is stable in the Spearfish and Whitewood creek watersheds but not expanding. American dippers can be found throughout the West, but the Black Hills is the farthest east the species is located, and that population also is genetically different from others. The Black Hills Pioneer reports Bird Conservancy of the Rockies biologist Nancy Drilling last year surveyed the Bear Butte, Elk, Box Elder, French and Rapid creeks. She says the results are similar to what was found in the early 2000s. The American dipper has been listed as threatened in South Dakota since 1996. The state wants a self-sustaining population in a third watershed before the bird is removed from the list.


Dolly Parton speaks in front of the Wildwood Tree during the grand opening of Dollywood's new Wildwood Grove expansion Friday. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

Pigeon Forge: Dollywood has expanded with a newly opened land inspired by the magic of nature. Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion yet of Dolly Parton’s amusement park, opened its gates to guests for the first time Friday. The $37 million area has 11 themed attractions and sits adjacent to the Pigeon Forge theme park’s Timber Canyon area. Wildwood Grove features trees and plants native to East Tennessee. The new land’s story also connects to the area and features a young girl who discovers and touches the Wildwood Tree, and it opens her eyes and mind to everything around her. Wildwood Grove’s 11 themed attractions range from a new roller coaster to a restaurant with Southwestern cuisine. Butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and fireflies factor heavily into the imagery of the rides and decor.


Corpus Christi: The Texas Historical Commission has approved $150,000 to help with the “stabilization and ultimate reuse” of a historic 1914 courthouse. The commission awarded Nueces County funding for the project through a National Park Service grant, according to a release from the commission. The $12.3 million grant is meant to help historic properties in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Nueces County leaders have long grappled with how to save the historic building that sits in downtown Corpus Christi. In March, commissioners voted to reject an offer from the Ed Rachal Foundation to purchase the building and the property on which it sits.


The dwarf bear-poppy grows at the White Dome Nature Preserve in St. George, Utah. (Photo: Terell Wilkins/St. George Spectrum and Daily News)

St. George: Federal officials and environmentalists are joining efforts to boost protection for a rare poppy that is only found in southern Utah. The Spectrum & Daily News reports that the U.S. forest Service, Utah Valley University and The Nature Conservancy are examining how to manage the dwarf bear-poppy or bearclaw poppy, which has been on the decline for the past 40 years. The flower was first put on the federally endangered species list in 1979. Experts say it can only blossom in specific geological conditions. Those conditions, which include gypsum soil, can be found in the St. George area. The Nature Conservancy established the 800-acre White Dome Nature Preserve that protects most of the habitat occupied by the poppy. Researchers have been using a drone to study the flowers.


Montpelier: The state has joined a handful of counterparts in renaming Columbus Day to honor Native Americans. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill May 6 recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A half-dozen states and several cities have made the change. Native American tribes and others say celebrating Italian explorer Christopher Columbus ignores the effect that the European arrival in the Americas had on the native peoples. They suffered violence, disease, enslavement, racism and exploitation at the hands of the settlers. Vermont’s law states that “Vermont was founded and built upon lands whose original inhabitants were Abenaki people and honors them and their ancestors.”


Chincoteague: A new walking and bicycle trail connecting Chincoteague and Assateague islands will be named after former longtime Mayor Jack Tarr. The trail will connect downtown Chincoteague with the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague. The Chincoteague Town Council voted last week to name the new trail network the “John H. Tarr Bay to the Beach Trail.” Councilman Eddie Lewis suggested naming the trail after Tarr, and Councilwoman Ellen Richardson recommended “Bay to the Beach.” Lewis made a motion combining the two ideas, which was seconded by Denise Bowden and approved unanimously. Earlier this year, the town solicited ideas for naming the trail via the town’s website and Facebook page. More than 40 potential names were submitted for consideration.


Westport: A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re smart and fun to watch from a safe distance – but also noisy, smelly and proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas. “It’s a free zoo, kind of; just don’t pet ’em!” said Dennis Craig of Olympia as he watched a pier at Westport Marina nearly sink under the weight of dozens of burly bulls jostling and snoozing in the sun. The flip side of these flippered fish fiends can be seen in the mounting bill to the marina, including the cost of busted docks, broken electric stanchions and lost business. “Nearly all of our net revenue was used to repair damage caused by sea lions this year,” Westport Marina business manager Molly Bold said in an email.

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Charleston: A West Virginia University researcher is seeking funding to study whether using fentanyl testing strips changes the behavior of drug users, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid increasingly involved in drug-related deaths. Some harm reduction programs use the strips to warn drug users of the presence of fentanyl in other illicit substances. Dr. Judith Feinberg, a professor at the WVU School of Medicine, told the paper people might be safer knowing there is fentanyl in their drugs. But people could also use the strips to seek out dangerous drug doses. Feinberg and researcher Jon Zibbel are asking the National Institute on Drug Abuse to fund the research. They plan to study harm reduction programs at Milan Puskar Health Right, in Morgantown, and a program in North Carolina.


Madison: More people are dying in Wisconsin, but the state’s growing elderly population is living longer. Those are two findings of the annual death report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The latest report released Monday looks at deaths in 2017. It found that deaths were up 15% compared with a decade ago. But the death rate for people age 65 and older decreased by 10% over 10 years. The top three causes of death in 2017 were heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. Overall, the rates of death from cancer and heart disease both declined. But deaths from falls were up 3%, and poisonings were up 13%. Poisoning accounts for 30% of all unintentional injuries, second only to falls at 42%.


Yellowstone National Park: A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin. The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet high and a distance of 220 feet. Yellowstone geologist Jeff Hungerford says Ledge Geyser is noisy because its water and steam must pass through a narrow opening in the ground. Yellowstone has 1,300 thermal features and 500 geysers, more than anywhere else on Earth. Some geysers such as Old Faithful are predictable, but most, like Ledge Geyser, erupt erratically.

From staff and wire reports

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