Birmingham The National Park Service has appointed a superintendent to oversee the new historical civil rights sites in Birmingham and Anniston. The federal agency says that Kris Butcher will take over at the Birmingham National Civil Rights Monument and the Freedom Riders National Monument starting in October. 27. Both sites were created during the last days of the Obama administration, and both are working to prepare them for the public. The Birmingham site encompasses parts of the black business district of the city's historic center, including the hotel where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. stayed during the demonstrations in 1963. The Anniston site marks the bus station where Freedom was attacked Interracial Riders in 1961. His bus was attacked again and burned a few kilometers away.
A Kodiak bear roams the Alaskan Kodiak Island.
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Kodiak Wildlife authorities have warned residents to be aware of Kodiak bears after multiple sightings and encounters near residential areas were reported. Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Friday that Alaska Wildlife Troopers confirmed that at least three bears could be recognized as frequent visitors to areas within the city limits of Kodiak. Soldiers say that Kodiak bears often break fences and gates and enter vehicles in search of food. Authorities say the animals are learning to enter unlocked vehicles by opening the doors with their teeth. Wildlife officials say that Kodiak bears are a subspecies of brown bears and are known as the world's largest bears. Authorities say residents are urged to carry pepper spray and bells, especially when walking, walking a dog in the dark or on foggy days with poor visibility.
Brown trout could soon be eliminated in the Grand Canyon by paying fishermen to capture and remove it.
(Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
Grand Canyon National Park: Invasive fish species have long been a challenge for scientists in the Grand Canyon because they attract fishermen but can devour threatened native species. Now, the National Park Service is ready to try a new approach to keep things in balance: pay people to harvest one of the worst offenders, brown trout. These invaders like to eat other fish, including the endangered native species of the canyon, the humpback hunchback. Fishermen already have to have a fishing license, and many simply fish for sport, using the practice of "catch and release." The new plan would allow them to catch the fish and take them out, and pay the effort. In addition, according to a statement from the Park Service, the young tribal people of the 11 tribes with cultural and historical ties to the Grand Canyon will be offered guided fishing trips to Lees Ferry Reach, where incentives will be offered.
Jacob Wolf House now shows a historical marker that explains the history of the building to visitors. The former courthouse is the oldest public structure in Arkansas.
(Photo: Scott Liles / The Baxter Bulletin)
Norfolk State and local officials have dedicated a new historical marker in the House of the Wolf Jacob. The double-sided sign briefly explains the history associated with the structure, originally built by Jacob Wolf in 1829 to serve as the first permanent courthouse for what was then Izard County. The two-story structure was built overlooking the White and North Fork rivers in the now disappeared city of Liberty, whose land is now part of the modern city of Norfolk. The building has a central corridor on the first level, often called dogtrot. The large upper room that extends over the air corridor was used as a courtroom, while the rooms on the ground floor were used as the county clerk's office and as a post office. In 2012, the National Park Service declared that Wolf House was the last two-story public structure, dogtrot left in the United States.
San Francisco: Authorities say a cheeky thief stole an engraving of Salvador Dali valued at $ 20,000 from a gallery, then walked down the street with work in hand. KGO-TV says that the engraving entitled "Burning Giraffe" disappeared on Sunday afternoon from an easel at Dennis Rae Fine Art in Union Square. The gallery's director, Angela Kellett, says that the engraving of the 1960s was usually secured with a lock and a cable, but they are missing. It is not clear if the thief cut them before or during the 30 seconds he was in the store before stealing the piece. Surveillance cameras captured the man who was walking along Geary Street with the engraving. Kellett says the limited edition piece is well known and is unlikely to be sold online. Anyone with information about the theft can contact the police.
Fort Collins: A woman who was arrested outside her apartment complex by an off-duty Fort Collins police officer has sued both the officer and the city. Attorney David Lane filed the lawsuit in October. 4 on behalf of Kimberly Chancellor, 27, who seeks compensation and damages for physical injuries, emotional distress and other pain and suffering. The chancellor says that officer Stephen Sparacio used excessive force during the October 2017 arrest in a parking lot near Colorado State University. Authorities say Sparacio followed the chancellor on his motorcycle after reporting careless driving. Witnesses say that Sparacio immobilized her before calling the service officers. An internal review of the police department and a review of the Citizen Review Board determined that Sparacio violated the policies during the arrest, but could not say if he used unnecessary force.
Hartford: A preliminary report by investigators about the B-17 accident that killed seven people at the city's airport this month does not shed light on the possible cause. The National Transportation Safety Board said in the report on Tuesday that the remains have been kept for a more detailed examination. The World War II bomber crashed and burned after experiencing mechanical problems at the takeoff of Bradley International Airport on October morning. 2. The plane was carrying 13 people, and the two pilots were among the dead. A third member of the flight crew and four passengers were seriously injured. Another passenger and a person on the ground suffered minor injuries.
Students in a first grade classroom in Delaware practice mindfulness.
Dover Some schools in the state have incorporated breathing practices, mindfulness and meditation in their daily offers. Delaware State News reports that such techniques have reached districts that say the practices help both students and teachers. Smyrna School District Superintendent Patrik Williams says the district is incorporating mindfulness techniques in the hope of supporting social and emotional learning in the classroom. He said such techniques reduce stressors and distractions while allowing participants to concentrate better. The Milford and Caesar Rodney school districts and the Red Clay Consolidated School District in New Castle County have also added the practices to their repertoire. Principal Karin Jakubowski, of North Star Elementary at Red Clay, says practices are critical for the district, which has seen a decrease in behavioral referrals.
Washington: District public and charter schools will receive at least $ 20 millions more in funding this academic year. The Washington Post reports that the increase in funds occurs after the public school system struggled with $ 25 million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last month. The district's vice mayor of education, Paul Kihn, says that all schools will get more funding per student in fiscal year 2020 as a way to avoid another budget gap. Kihn says the system narrowed the gap through non-personnel savings and strategic hiring. He says officials will continue to work to resolve the gap, which Kihn said was influenced by hiring more experienced teachers than expected. The city has until November. 7 to finish your books. District law prohibits agencies from charging debts between fiscal years.
Dade City: Authorities say a Florida man repeatedly called 911 to report that his roommate had stolen his marijuana. A deputy from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office posted a Twitter response to the man's calls on Saturday night: stop calling. Deputy Neal Zalva says on the Twitter video that he called the man again to tell him to stop communicating with the sheriff's office about his stolen marijuana. Zalva recorded the video as part of the agency's #TweetAlong program, which allows viewers to see the police work of the agents behind the scenes. Recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Florida. The sheriff's office spokesman says no charges were filed against the caller. The communications director of the sheriff's office, Kevin Doll, said Tuesday that they just wanted the man to stop calling for the stolen grass.
Atlanta: Alarmed by a wave of recent hospital closures, state legislators require that rural hospital executives receive training on issues that include financial management and strategic planning. Almost all scores of rural hospitals in the state must ensure that members of its board of directors, general directors and full financial directors complete at least eight hours of classes by the end of 2020 or risk fines and the loss of a tax credit . The requirement included in the legislation last year aims to improve your decision making. Health care experts say they don't know of any other state that requires training only for rural hospital officials. Many rural hospitals in the United States are struggling amid changes in health care markets. More than 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, seven in Georgia.
Honolulu State authorities say that an increase in sexually transmitted diseases to the highest numbers reported in decades may be related to the prevalence of online dating. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have increased significantly in Hawaii. The State Department of Health's Damage Reduction Services Branch says the three infections reached their highest or closest rates in approximately 30 years. State health officials say more connections are made with many more people quickly through online dating services. The authorities also say that the dependence on condoms or prophylactics to protect against the acquisition or spread of STDs has decreased. Authorities say Hawaii's figures correspond to national rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis infections, which have increased for the fifth consecutive year.
Boise A utility has reached an agreement that involves paying homeowners who generate electricity with rooftop solar panels and other renewable energy methods. Idaho Power and the staff of the Idaho Public Services Commission have submitted the agreement to the commission for possible approval. The Sierra Club, the city of Boise, the Idaho Irrigation Pump Association and others also participated in the negotiations. An increasing number of 560,000 Idaho Power customers are generating energy and are credited with the additional energy that is re-sold to the utility company. Idaho Power says the current system allows homeowners to sell electricity without paying their fair share to maintain the company's vast power grid. Supporters of solar energy fear killing incentives for homeowners to produce clean energy. The agreement requires the commission to hold public hearings.
Rockford: The polymer 3D printer from a local manufacturer has been declared the largest in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The Rockford Register-Star reports that the Ingersoll Machine Tools printer called MasterPrint was sold to the University of Maine. The school produced a boat that is 25 feet long and weighs 5,000 pounds in less than 72 hours. That won two more Guinness records: the largest 3D printed boat and the largest 3D printed object. Ingersoll engineer Nate Hang says the university intends to make molds for the shipbuilding industry. He will work with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsored by the federal government, to create a plastic that contains wood fibers. That is safer for the environment than other materials. Ingersoll CEO Chip Storie says that the main objective for the development of MasterPrint was to create great aerospace tools.
The president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, throws the last piece of coal burned Monday at the plant of the university plant in South Bend, Indiana.
(Photo: Allie Kirkman / South Bend Tribune through AP)
South Bend: The University of Notre Dame is closing its coal-fired power plant a year earlier than planned thanks to a sustainable energy plan that has seen the campus adopt renewable energy. The president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, got behind the wheel of a truck on Monday and threw the final load of coal, which will probably burn until Wednesday. Jenkins announced in 2015 the school's goal to end the use of coal at the plant by the end of 2020 and reduce its carbon footprint by at least half by 2030. Currently, Notre Dame has reduced its carbon emissions by 50 % since 2005 levels. The plant will be replaced by two 5.5 megawatt natural gas turbines, which Notre Dame began using earlier this year. Jenkins says it is important to take care of the environment for future generations.
Sioux City: The city has taken its first formal step to lift its ban on pit bulls. The City Council voted 4-1 on Monday for an ordinance that would eliminate the ban adopted in September 2008. It occurred after pit bulls or mixtures represented a large number of dogs in the city that had been declared vicious or at risk. The current ordinance describes a pit bull as an American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that resembles or has characteristics of being one of those breeds. Two more readings and votes on the new ordinance are required for the new policy. City staff research says that animal control regulations across the country are moving away from the specific provisions of the breed.
Topeka: A handful of counties in the state are urged to upgrade their voting machines to a voting system that creates a paper record of each vote. The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that the American Association for the Advancement of Science urged the counties of Geary, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Harvey, Sumner, Wallace and Wilson to upgrade to newer voting machines. Those eight counties currently use machines that register voter elections electronically without creating a paper record. Katie Koupal, from the Kansas Secretary of State's office, says that less than 10 of the 105 counties in the state use electoral equipment that does not create a paper trail. She says several counties plan to buy new equipment before next year's presidential elections.
Kentucky climbing guide and Muir Valley property manager Erik Kloeker, right, uploads a replica of President Donald Trump's new border wall design in the Muir Valley climbing area while founder Rick Weber watches .
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Rogers An 18-foot replica of President Donald Trump's border wall in the Red River Gorge area is being climbed not only by experienced climbers but also by novices and young children. A climber even climbed it while juggling. "You don't tell a climber that something cannot be climbed or that it is impossible," says Rick Weber, the 75-year-old climber who built the replica. Weber, a retired Indianapolis engineer, decided to create the wall after hearing Trump claim in September that a new section of the wall along the Mexican border is "practically impenetrable" and "cannot be climbed" because, he said President, 20 climbers struggled to scale a prototype. Then a skeptical Weber built his 18-foot wooden replica of the steel border wall in Muir Valley, a non-profit nature reserve and a rock-climbing park he founded with his wife.
Workers receive help after a large part of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday.
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New Orleans: The city fire chief says the chances of a rescue are diminishing as the search continues through the unstable remains of a missing man since a hotel under construction collapsed on Saturday. Chief Tim McConnell gave an update on Tuesday, saying authorities are still hoping for the best. Parts of the 18-story Hard Rock Hotel yielded on Saturday morning. Two workers died at the scene. Two construction cranes and the remaining part of the collapsed building are still in danger of falling. The situation could take weeks to resolve. That means the indefinite closure of two main roads, tram lines and bus routes adjacent to the French Quarter and the commercial district. Among the companies affected are those that operate in two historic sites of the 1920s: the opulent Saenger Theater and the New Orleans Athletic Club.
Broccoli stalks are twisted and mutilated by courtesy of a Swedish mosquito infestation.
(Photo: Courtesy of Elisabeth Hodgdon)
Augusta Agricultural authorities say that for the first time an invasive pest has been found that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli. The plague is an insect called a Swedish dwarf. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says that the UMaine Cooperative Extension made the discovery, the first confirmed appearance of the mosquito in Maine. The department calls the mosquito a "serious insect pest" because its larvae feed on the tips of the plants and disfigure them or impede their proper growth. He says there have been reports of damage from broccoli in some parts of the state derived from the pest. The Swedish mosquito is native to Europe and Asia and was first found in the United States in New York in 2004.
Annapolis: An education panel voted to recommend updating the state funding formula between state and local governments to incorporate a large increase in money for schools. The task force recommends that a state commission phase be carried out on a new expense that will reach approximately $ 4 one billion a year for K-12 within a decade. Under the proposal, the state would contribute approximately $ 2.8 billion and local governments would contribute $ 1.2 billion in fiscal year 2030. The recommendations will go to the Kirwan Commission, which has been working on investing in early childhood education and increasing teacher salaries. It has also focused on implementing rigorous curricula, providing more support to schools with difficulties and creating responsibility for poor performance. The commission will make recommendations to legislators this year.
Eastham: Cape Cod officials are expected to publish a long-awaited report on the ways in which the tourist destination can deal with a growing population of large white sharks. The Woods Hole Group will present its findings Thursday at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. Cape Cod National Seashore officials, state legislators, municipal administrators and representatives of the non-profit organization Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will also be present to receive public comments and answer questions. Bourne-based Woods Hole Group was selected for the $ 49,950 study after two shark attacks on humans last year, including Massachusetts's first deadly attack in more than 80 years. The study is expected to examine a variety of strategies that include the deployment of sonar detectors, the use of aerial drones, the installation of shark barriers and the slaughter of seals and sharks.
Detroit A member of the City Council is organizing a community forum on the use of facial recognition technology by the police. The Roy McCalister Jr. event, planned for Thursday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' room in Detroit, is expected to focus on how the software will be implemented. The City's Board of Police Commissioners approved the use of technology by the police department to investigate crimes. Video surveillance images are entered into the software, which can search databases and social networks for a possible match. The software has been used since 2018, but Chief James Craig had sought a permanent policy. Critics say that facial recognition equals a massive racial profile in a city that is approximately 80% black.
Former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton sits for a picture inside his Minneapolis home on Monday. The official Dayton portrait will be released on Thursday.
(Photo: Brian Bakst / Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
Saint Paul: When the official portrait of former Governor Mark Dayton is presented this week, he will present the two-period Democrat in front of the Capitol building. Dayton tells Minnesota Public Radio that he wanted a strong "secondary cast" in the painting that will be presented on Thursday, and the Capitol met the requirements. The building received $ 300 million restoration during his time in office. Dayton told MPR that the best advice he received when he left office was to take six months to decompress before jumping into other commitments. He says he has done it greatly, enjoying the time he spent with his grandchildren and not feeling the urge to do anything. Dayton recently accepted a scholarship at the University of Minnesota. He is also being careful to stay out of politics, including neutrality in the Democratic camp that is running for president.
Jackson The new Mississippi Lottery will start selling scratch tickets in November. 25. That is the Monday before Thanksgiving, a little earlier than expected. The lottery corporation had said for months that sales would probably begin in early December. The corporation, which announced the start date in a press release on Tuesday, is also starting to inform convenience stores and other retailers that have been accepted to sell lottery tickets. Mississippi has been one of the six states without a lottery, but lawmakers met in 2018 and authorized gambling to help generate money for the roads. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said in August that the Multi-State Lottery Association approved Mississippi for Powerball and Mega Millions. Sales of these games are expected to begin during the first three months of 2020.
Jefferson City: State officials are developing a public safety campaign to raise awareness among young people about the risks of vaping. Republican Governor Mike Parson said at a press conference on Tuesday that he is directing the leaders of state health, education and public safety departments to develop a state campaign within 30 days. The goal is to educate, warn and discourage vaping. State health director Randall Williams says there has been an "explosion" in the number of young people vaping in Missouri and across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA. UU. They say that throughout the country, vaping is now attributed to some 1,300 diseases and at least 26 deaths. Missouri has reported almost two dozen vaping diseases and one death. Parson calls the campaign a "first step."
The Lewis and Clark County bomb squad works on the scene at Rossiter Elementary School in Helena, Mont., On Tuesday, after authorities found what they thought were the remains of an improvised explosive device in the courtyard of the school.
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Helena Authorities evacuated an elementary school on Tuesday after authorities found what they thought were the remains of a homemade bomb that exploded, but it turned out to be a plastic bottle full of nuts and bolts left in the schoolyard. School officials made the discovery shortly before classes began at Rossiter Elementary School. They blocked the area and called 911, said Lewis County Sheriff and Clark Leo Dutton. An investigation found that the plastic bottle wrapped in black duct tape was filled with washers, nuts and screws, along with an unidentified non-flammable liquid, Dutton said. There was no detonator. A homeless person found the bottle at a construction site and left it in the playground, Dutton said. No threat had been made against the school, and there were no injuries or damages. "It's practically resolved," Dutton said.
Lincoln: Young people aged 15 and under are encouraged to participate in the pheasant, quail and juvenile partridge season throughout the state this weekend. The Nebraska Parks and Games Commission says rooster pheasants will be released in 14 wildlife management areas before the 2019 youth season this Saturday and Sunday. Special hunts will be held for young people only in the management areas. The hunts are open to the public and no registration or special permission is required. The driving areas are Powder Creek, Oak Valley, Wilkinson, George Syas, Sherman Reservoir, Pressey, Cornhusker, Kirkpatrick Basin North, Branched Oak, Yankee Hill, Arrowhead, Hickory Ridge, Twin Oaks and Rakes Creek. Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters 19 years of age or older.
The former Carson City consultant, Carson Weaver, was near the entrance to the Sutro tunnel near Virginia City, Nevada. Weaver is part of a group of history buffs that have formed the Friends of Sutro tunnel to restore the remains of the abandoned and deteriorated city of Sutro at the entrance to a historic 150-year-old Comstock tunnel.
(Photo: Geoff Dornan / Nevada Appeal via AP)
Carson City: A group of history buffs has formed the Amigos de Sutro Tunnel to restore the remains of the abandoned and deteriorated city of Sutro at the entrance of a 150-year-old historic mining tunnel. "We are restoring buildings and grounds, not the tunnel," Kit Carson Weaver, former Carson City advisor and group director, told Nevada Appeal. "The tunnel is too dangerous to allow someone to pass by." Dijo que la restauración es costosa, por lo que el grupo ha programado una cena para recaudar fondos para el viernes. Se necesitan voluntarios expertos, dijo Pam Abercrombie, miembro del comité de Amigos, incluidos albañiles, fontaneros, electricistas, paisajistas profesionales, operadores de equipos, contratistas e ingenieros, junto con personas con habilidades menos específicas pero apasionadas por la historia minera de Nevada.
Concordia: El jefe de la agencia más grande del gobierno del estado se dirige al sector privado. Jeff Meyers ha sido comisionado del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos desde principios de 2016, cuando fue nombrado por el ex gobernador demócrata Maggie Hassan. En una carta a los empleados, Meyers dijo que no buscará una nueva designación cuando finalice su mandato en enero y que, en cambio, buscará oportunidades para el sector privado. Anteriormente, Meyers fue asesor legal del Senado estatal, asesor legal del ex gobernador John Lynch y director de asuntos intergubernamentales del departamento de salud. El gobernador republicano Chris Sununu llamó el lunes a Meyers un defensor incansable de los niños vulnerables y lo elogió por supervisar la expansión del programa Medicaid del estado y priorizar las mejoras en su sistema de salud mental.
Un transeúnte mira el lunes un acantilado recién formado en una playa de Ventnor, Nueva Jersey.
(Foto: Wayne Parry / AP)
Ventnor: Las altas mareas y los fuertes vientos que azotaron la costa de Jersey durante el fin de semana se llevaron una parte de ellos. Las condiciones que azotaron las playas desde el jueves hasta el domingo por la mañana causaron una erosión en la playa que varió en severidad a lo largo de la costa. Algunos vieron grandes acantilados excavados en el lado de lo que habían sido grandes bermas de playa durante el verano. Stewart Farrell, un experto en playas de la Universidad de Stockton, dice que prácticamente todas las playas oceánicas del estado son más planas como resultado del viento y las olas. "La arena se desplazó hacia el mar a unos 10 pies de agua", dijo. "Estos depósitos formarán barras en alta mar en unas pocas semanas". Se espera que al menos parte de esa arena regrese a la costa durante el invierno por la acción de las olas. Farrell, director del Centro de Investigación Costera de Stockton, dijo que la parte noreste de todas las islas de barrera en el estado, excepto Long Beach Island, "recibió un golpe de escala significativa".
Las pacanas crecen en un huerto en el Centro de Ciencias Vegetales Leyendecker de la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México, al sur de Las Cruces, N.M.
(Foto: Foto de Darren Phillips)
Las Cruces: Se espera que el estado lidere a los Estados Unidos en la producción de nueces este año a medida que los productores se preparan para la próxima cosecha. El servicio de estadísticas del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. Dice que la producción en el estado del sudoeste se pronostica en un récord de 97 millones de libras Eso marcaría un aumento del 6% con respecto a 2018. Se espera que la producción en Georgia alcance alrededor de 76 millones de libras, seguido de Texas con 47 millones de libras Se espera que la producción de nueces en los Estados Unidos en general aumente este año en más del 20%, y los productores cosechan aproximadamente 281 millones de libras Funcionarios agrícolas de Nuevo México dicen que han estado trabajando para construir relaciones con compradores de nueces en otros países en medio de una guerra arancelaria con China.
Tres dhole machos, una especie de perro salvaje asiático, se encuentran en su nuevo hábitat en el Zoológico del Bronx en Nueva York. Los hermanos Roan, Apollo y Kito nacieron en el San Diego Zoo Safari Park en 2016.
(Foto: Julie Larsen Maher / Wildlife Conservation Society a través de AP)
Nueva York: Una manada de hermanos guapos se está instalando en el zoológico del Bronx. Los perros salvajes como los zorros, llamados dholes, nacieron en el San Diego Zoo Safari Park en 2016. El trío, llamado Roan, Apollo y Kito, tiene abrigos de color rojo parduzco moteados con marcas blancas, así como colas tupidas. Los dholes son nativos de partes del sur y centro de Asia. La Sociedad para la Conservación de la Vida Silvestre dice que las poblaciones de los cachorros están en peligro por el desarrollo, la caza y las enfermedades de los perros domésticos. Los planes a largo plazo de la sociedad incluyen la adquisición de hembras para un programa de cría. Una exhibición anteriormente ocupada por osos polares ha sido reutilizada para el hábitat de los dholes. El último oso polar del zoológico del Bronx, Tundra, murió en 2017 a los 26 años.
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Casar Un hombre dice que planea pasar una noche cazando a una legendaria criatura norteamericana porque encontró una huella que parecía ser más grande de lo que un humano podría hacer. El electricista Joe Scarborough le dice a WCNC-TV que estaba trabajando cerca de Casar la semana pasada cuando vio lo que parecía ser una nueva huella de aproximadamente 13 a 14 pulgadas de largo. "Estaba mirando eso muy de cerca y … dije" Alguien tiene un gran pie " " él dice. Scarborough says he now plans to spend the night in the area with some game cameras to see what happens – because “why not?” He says it’s hard to believe in any sort of supernatural finding until you see it for yourself.
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Grand Forks: A University of North Dakota political science major has been chosen to fill a Grand Forks House seat left open by the Republican incumbent who resigned to take a job in Minnesota. Twenty-one-year-old Claire Cory was chosen by party activists Friday to fill out the remainder of Jake Blum’s term, which ends next year. Blum was first elected in 2016. UND junior Cory says she has lived her entire life in House District 42, which covers northern Grand Forks. She says she will run to keep the seat in next year’s election. North Dakota law allows local party district organizations to choose a successor for an incumbent legislator who dies or resigns. Activists from the departing legislator’s own party are put in charge of finding a successor.
Whitehouse: A wildlife rehabilitation center says this year has been its busiest ever and is looking for more space. Nature’s Nursery near Toledo says it has taken in more than 3,000 animals this year. The nonprofit center gives medical care to injured and orphaned animals with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Officials with the organization say they’ve outgrown their current location in Whitehouse and plan on beginning a search for a new location next year. They tell The Blade that the ideal location would be 3 to 5 acres in a country setting with an existing building or where a new facility could be built. The organization also is looking for corporate sponsorships to increase its funding, which largely comes from donations.
Oklahoma City: The board that sets the salaries of state lawmakers has voted to boost legislative pay by 35% next year, just two years after cutting lawmakers’ pay. Jake Lowrey, spokesman for the Office of Management & Enterprise Services, says the Legislative Compensation Board cut legislators’ pay by 8.8% in 2017. Board Chairman Wes Milbourn said at the time that Oklahomans were frustrated with the Legislature. But since then, the board membership has changed. The new board voted 7-2 Tuesday to authorize the raises from $35,021 to $47,500. The legislators’ first pay raise since 1997 will take effect Nov. 18, 2020. The legislative session typically runs for four months. The Legislative Compensation Board is appointed by the governor, House speaker and Senate pro tem. The board also has two nonvoting members.
JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation, speaks Monday in The Dalles, Ore., in front of the Columbia River, where Celilo Falls, an ancient salmon fishing site, was destroyed by the construction of the Dalles Dam in the 1950s.
(Photo: Gillian Flaccus/AP)
The Dalles: Two Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said Monday that the U.S. government violated a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River. The construction of the Bonneville, John Day and Dalles dams destroyed important native fishing sites and deeply impacted the migration of salmon. The Yakama traditionally fished for salmon along the river, and the Treaty of 1855 guaranteed the tribe access to those sites even after the tribes ceded 11.5 million acres to the United States. Salmon are also the preferred prey of endangered orcas, which were traditionally hunted by the Lummi Nation.
Harrisburg: Gov. Tom Wolf is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees. The Democratic governor wrote Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to say his state will continue to welcome those facing persecution and danger, including people whom other states won’t accept. Wolf’s letter says refugees have long improved communities, and he’s dismayed that the United States is “sharply reducing” its commitment to vulnerable families around the world. Trump, a Republican, last month slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. and for the first time gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them. The president’s order requires state and local officials to provide public written consent to receive refugees.
Providence: The mayor says he would consider moving a Christopher Columbus statue that was vandalized. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza told WPRO on Tuesday that he’d entertain the idea of moving the statue from the city’s Elmwood neighborhood to the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is known for its Italian American community and Italian restaurants. His spokeswoman later said that any move would require input from the community. “It is a treasure,” Elorza said. “So if there’s a way that we can preserve it in a way that makes more sense and satisfies all the constituencies, then I’m all for that.” The statue was one of several Columbus statues around the nation vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th-century Italian navigator Monday, when the U.S. holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated.
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Columbia: The U.S. Supreme Court has shut down the state’s attempt to complete a nuclear fuel facility. The justices declined Tuesday to hear the state’s appeal of a ruling allowing the federal government to stop construction. The government has already spent $8 billion on the plant, under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. The U.S. Energy Department has said it should cut its losses because the plant is over budget and decades away from completion. A federal appeals court ruled last October that the department could stop construction. The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility would have taken plutonium used in nuclear weapons and processed it into nuclear plant fuel. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says the government is still obligated to remove plutonium from the site somehow.
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Rapid City: The Internal Revenue Service has hit Pennington County with more than $87,000 in penalties for mishandling payroll taxes. The Rapid City Journal says county auditor Cindy Mohler has asked the Pennington County Commission to authorize payment of the penalties. The IRS imposed the penalties this month after examining the county’s employment tax records from 2016 to 2018. Officials say the penalties are the result of a long-standing payroll-tax practice. Mohler says county employees have the option of being paid twice a month, instead of monthly. The IRS says the county wrongly did not withhold payroll taxes from the mid-month checks. Instead, the county waited until the end of each month to withhold payroll taxes from employees’ total monthly pay.
Two female jaguar cubs born last month at the Memphis Zoo get a checkup Thursday.
(Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal)
Memphis: The Memphis Zoo has introduced its first newborn jaguars in more than 25 years. The Daily Memphian reports the two sister jaguars were born Sept. 4, but their gender wasn’t revealed until last week. Head veterinarian Felicia Knightly said they’re in great shape and “look absolutely perfect.” The cubs’ parents, Philomena and Diego, are on loan for breeding as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for jaguars. The cubs’ progress will determine when they make their debut to the public. A contest will be held to decide names for the cubs. The zoo will post social media updates on the cubs’ development and is considering putting in a live webcam to show the cubs.
San Antonio: A Native American group is calling on officials to slow down the renovation of the Alamo church, after archaeological reports showed human remains were found at the property. The Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation filed a federal lawsuit last month seeking to halt the $450 million makeover of the sacred shrine that’s on track to be completed by 2024. The San Antonio Express-News reports the group wants a say in what happens to unearthed human remains because many group members are descendants of people who lived near the site. Ramon Vasquez, an executive member of Tap Pilam, said Monday on Indigenous Peoples Day that the discovery of bones and bone fragments validate his group’s concerns. The Texas Historical Commission has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Orem: A state records committee has ruled that Utah Valley University Police can no longer charge student reporters for incident reports. The Daily Herald reports the committee unanimously voted in favor of making the incident reports free to UVU student journalists. Police used to provide the documents to student reporters for free but began charging them $5 per report in 2017. The Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists helped students at the UVU Review, the campus newspaper, challenge the move. Chapter President Eric Peterson said the decision will help students keep the public safe and informed. He said campus police shouldn’t “price reporters out of doing their jobs.” UVU spokesman Scott Trotter said the school respected the committee’s decision and would abide by it.
Montpelier: A local middle school teacher is the state’s 2020 teacher of the year. The Vermont Agency of Education announced Tuesday that Elisabeth Kahn, a French and Spanish teacher at Main Street Middle School, has earned the title. Education Secretary Dan French says Kahn is an inspiring and talented teacher who is focused on the success of her students. He says she is also a leader working to help her colleagues implement best practices. Kahn will start her tenure as Vermont Teacher of the Year on Jan. 1. She says she is particularly excited to work with colleagues around the state to identify ways to help struggling students overcome barriers to education.
Photographers take pictures of the statues unveiled as the crowd listens to speakers at the dedication of the Virginia Women’s Monument inside Capitol Square in Richmond, Va., on Monday.
(Photo: Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Richmond: About a thousand people filled Capitol Square on Monday for the dedication of statues honoring some of the state’s trailblazing women, part of a monument organizers say is unlike any other in the country. The new women’s monument, about a decade in the making, will eventually feature a dozen life-sized bronze statues dotting a granite plaza a short distance from the Capitol in Richmond. Girl Scouts pulled blue drapes off the seven figures being dedicated Monday, including Native American chieftain Cockacoeske and Jamestown colonist Anne Burras Laydon, as the women’s names were read aloud. Sculptor Ivan Schwartz called it “a new beginning, a deeply significant moment in the history of the nation, as we begin to address centuries-old sins of omission.” The women – who also include a frontierswoman, a dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln, an entrepreneur, and educator and a suffragist – were chosen from more than four centuries of Virginia’s history.
Bremerton: A man was charged with a felony assault after police say he attacked his roommate believing he acknowledged being a vampire. A Kitsap County court charged the 40-year-old Bremerton man Monday after he was suspected of using a metal rod to nudge his roommate in the chest. The roommate told county deputies that the suspect accused him of being a vampire, threatened to kill him and struck him with a metal rod. The roommate says he feared his life because the suspect has severe mental health issues and is physically larger. The suspect’s brother told deputies the roommate jokingly said, “Is that what the kids are calling me these days?” Authorities say the suspect believed the roommate acknowledged being a blood-sucking creature.
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Morgantown: Farmers more than quadrupled the state’s industrial hemp crop this year. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt’s office says about 130 farmers grew 641 acres of industrial hemp in 2019, up from 155 acres in 2018. And more is coming: The department’s statement says more than 400 applications have been submitted for the 2020 growing season, double last year’s numbers. Licensed grower Mary Hastings told The Dominion Post that it’s great news for farmers, showing real potential for profit. Hemp is a type of cannabis from the same plant species as marijuana that mostly lacks intoxicating compounds. It’s used to make textiles, plastics and cannabidiol products.
Many of the posts made at the Penzeys Spices Facebook page have political messages.
Madison: The nation’s largest independent spice retailer is peppering Facebook with ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Wisconsin-based Penzeys Spices spent nearly $100,000 on Facebook ads last week calling for Trump’s impeachment, making it one of the largest social media spenders on impeachment to date. And the company plans to spend another $397,000 on Facebook posts encouraging the impeachment of Trump. Facebook says Penzeys already spent nearly $96,000 on ads supporting impeachment between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10. Penzeys CEO Bill Penzey says the attention his unusual stance is attracting will boost his company’s brand and lead to increased sales. House Democrats are pursuing an impeachment inquiry to investigate Trump’s suggestion that Ukraine investigate the business dealings of Joe Biden’s family.
Casper: A recent analysis by the Washington, D.C., nonprofit RepresentWomen ranks the state 26th in the nation for gender parity in elected office. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that in a state known as the Equality State for being the first to give women the right to vote, women currently hold just 16% of the available seats in the Legislature and just 20% of all positions on the county commissions of the state’s five most populous counties. The state has made additional strides in recent years, including the election of the first female mayors in the history of two of its largest cities. However, Jen Simon of the Wyoming Women’s Action Network noted a relative dearth and recent decline of women in elected office at the state levels.
From USA TODAY Network and wire reports
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