USA TODAY - STATE-BY-STATE - MARCH 6-8

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STATE-BY-STATE March 6-8, 2015

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Birmingham – Univ. of Alabama’s medical school will study the effectiveness of cannabidiol, a marijuana-derived oil, to treat seizures, AL.com reported. The university received federal permission this week. Anchorage – The state Dept. of Labor said that the state’s median wage is the highest in the USA. The 2013 median wage of $21.32 edged Massachusetts’ second-best $21.07, and is more than 20% ahead of the $16.87 U.S. avg.

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Flagstaff – Unlike much of the country, the city notched its warmest February on record with temperatures averaging around 40 degrees, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. The temp. was about 8 degrees higher than the normal and tops the list of balmiest winter months since officials started keeping track in 1898. Little Rock – Legislation that would trim the size of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for future recipients in their first year of eligibility requirements advanced through the Sen. Ed. Comm., arkansasonline reported. The bill is aimed at making sure the scholarship program, financed largely by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, doesn’t run out of money as early as February 2016.

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San Francisco – In a rare procedure, 12 patients will participate in a “kidney swap” at CA Pacific Medical Center through today, KGO-TV reported. Six patients will donate a kidney, and six will receive one. Fort Collins – Connor McClintock, 19, accused of tagging businesses, walls and windows on Feb. 15, caused at least $16,000 in damages, police said. He will likely face felony charges, the Coloradoan reported.

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Manchester – Manchester Community College’s police department is pushing for legisation that would establish a special police force that would allow officers to carry guns, The New Haven Register reported. Wilmington – NASCAR’s Kurt Busch will not be charged by the DE Attorney General’s office, The News Journal reported. Att. Gen. Matt Denn’s office declined to file charges stemming from a complaint filed in November by the driver’s ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.

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District of Columbia – If the police arrest someone holding less than 2 ounces of marijuana, it is considered the prisoner’s property and will be returned, The Washington Post reported. Brevard County – A Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedic was dismissed amid charges that he flipped a hospice patient out of a backboard and onto a hospital floor at Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, Florida Today reported. Kenneth Hallenbeck, 35, was charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled person.

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Macon – Two samples from the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show tested positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and three positive samples since then have been tied to the show at the Geogia National Fairgrounds in Perry, the Telegraph reported. Honolulu – State entomologists are hoping the public can help track down the source of an infestation of invasic coconut rhinoceros beetle on Oahu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

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Nampa – Some residents are angry after discovering the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge management plan for Lake Lowell prohibits the use of motorized boats tha have internal or external wake generating devices and ballasts, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported. Normal – The Illinois Reading Council announced its book selections for the year for all age groups. Among the selections for adults is Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen.

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Indianapolis – A Carmel woman who unlawfully received more than $700,000 in Medicaid payments has been ordered to pay back the money and spend three years on probations, The Indianapolis Star reported. Des Moines – Officials with the NTSB said its cold case unit is considering reopening the investigation of the plane crash that killed rock’n’roll legend Buddy Holly and three other people 56 years ago in Clear Lake, The Register reported.

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Lawrence – The local United Way and AmeriCorps members will hold a communitywide diaper drive this weekend, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Louisville – The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has formed a task force to see if it can attracted tourism-related business involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trasngender community, The Courier-Journal reported.

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Shreveport – The 26 th Judicial District Public Defender Office, representing Bossier and Webster Parishes, has enacted severe cuts in service, forcing courts to compel private lawyers to represent clients without pay, The Times reported. Augusta – A bill that would require bars and restaurants that advertise pint beers serve the beverage in 16-ounce glasses cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature, The Lewiston Sun Journal reported. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted 12-2 in support of Democratic Sen. John Patrick’s bill.

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Ocean City - Local officials and the resort’s police union have struck a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, avoiding arbirations, the Daily Times reported. Boston – Crews from Minnesota are helping clear roofs of snow and ice, The Boston Globe reported.

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Ann Arbor – New Univ. of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game yet but already is winning praise for aiding two people hurt in a roll-over crash on icy Interstate 94 near the school, the Detroit Free Press reported. Minneapolis – Authorities announced the indictment of seven people on charges of distributing crack cocaine throughout Minnesota, the St. Cloud Times reported.

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Jackson – Lawmakers are looking over “the Constitutional Carry Bill,” or Senate Bill 2618, which was proposed to allow a person who legally owns a firearm to carry it open or concealed without violating the law. At least one representative has concerns about it and has called for a task force to study the issue and report back next year. St. Louis – Nearly 400 people from across North America are here for what is being called the biggest gathering ever based solely on the issue of bat conservation. Organizers said 2 million bats die in the USA each year, mostly from a fungus known as White Nose Syndrome.

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Missoula – A Washington state man, Troy Miller, was sentenced to 20 years for shooting a man in an apparent dispute over stolen drugs, The Missoulan reported. Lincoln – A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the school’s new College of Business Administration building, a 240,000-square-foot facility that’s expected to open before fall 2017, The Lincoln Star Journal reported.

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Lake Tahoe – The North Public Utility District’s annual Snow Fest! Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday morning. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Concord – The first phase of renovations at Baker Free Library will begin this month, the Concord Monitor reported. The six-week project will allow the library to reopen the lower level to the public.

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Westampton – Hiram Jimenez, who leaned over a plate of sizzling fajitas to pray, can’t sue an Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar because the dish burned him, an appellate court ruled Wednesday, saying the hot food posed an “open and obvious” danger, the Cherry Hill, N.J., Courier-Post reported. Santa Fe – Solar City, a solar power company chaired by Tesla founder Elon Musk, launched an office in the state Wednesday with the goal to make solar power more affordable, The New Mexican reported. The program loans solar panels to homewoners and spreads the payments over several years like a regular electric bill.

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Albany – Akorn Pharmaceuticals has decided to not allow its products, such as midazolam and hydromorphone hydrochloride, be used in state executions by lethal injection, in response to a shareholder resolution drawn up by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the state’s huge public pension fund. Asheville – The state Medical Board has ordered an obstetrician to temporarily stop practicing medicine after three babies he delivered died, The Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

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Fargo – A police officer is under investigation after, in an online debate over a police shooting, he allegedly told someone on Facebook to “do us all a favor and hang urself,” The Bismarck Tribune reported. Zanesville – The fate of more than 30 dogs hangs in the balance as the country tries to determine how to handle a breakout of distemper at the Muskingum County Dog Pound, the Times Recorder reported.

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Oklahoma City – The 2015 Arabian and Half-Arabian Youth National Championship Horse Show, which was to be held in Albuquerque, is moving to State Fair Park in Oklahoma City in 2016 through at least 2018, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Salem – A bill that would regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products could pose a special challenge to the paper industry, the Statesmen Journal reported. That’s because paper plants now use mostly recycled fiber, which contains ink and other contaminants.

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Lancaster – A local bird lover got a $234 citation and two WGAL-TV reporters received warnings from the state’s Game Commission after disturbing a bald eagle nest, PennLive reported. Punishments for disrupting the nest, which is featured on the commission’s popular bald eagle nest cam, can range from a $1000 fine to three years in jail. Providence – Bake sales would be allowed at polling places on Election Day in legislation that has passed the state Senate, The Providence Journal reported. The bill allows bake sales at polling places if it does not interfere with elections.

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Columbia – A survey released Wednesday by Winthrop University found a majority of South Carolinians, 55.4%, support a hike of up to 10 cents in the state’s 16.75-cents-a-gallon gas tax as long as the money is used for infrastructure such as repairing roads and bridges, The Greenville News reported. Rapid City – A truck driver recused a golden eagle after it was hit by two vehicles, the Rapid City Journal reported. The 8-pound bird was turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for rehabilitation.

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Clarksville – Wade Hampton Morgan, who was a fixture at almost every home football, basketball and baseball game and other events at Montgomery Central High School, is being mourned after he died after falling through the roof of a building he was helping dismantle, The Leaf-Chronicle reported. Dallas – School trustees are calling for the installation of carbon monoxide detectors districtwide after the evacuation of an elementary school, The Dallas Morning News reported. Two staff members were taken to the hospital.

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Milford – Bureau of Land Management officials rounded up 101 wild horses and two domestic horses near the Utah-Nevada border. The animals were taken to a wild horse and burro facility in Delta, Utah, where many will be adpoted, The Spectrum reported. Burlington – Lily Tomlin is performing to sold-out audiences at the Flynn Center this weekend, the Burlington Free Press reported.

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Reston – Ji Ahn, a teacher at Hunters Woods Elementary, was one of two second-place winners in the Sally Ride Science Awards, which recognize innovations in instruction related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Hunters Woods will be receiving a $2,500 check, as well as a Sally Ride STEM License. Sunnyside – Rescuers are caring for seven ducks that were found covered with oil after a spill of used motor oil into irrigation ditches and the Yakima River, The Tri-City Herald reported.

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Williamson – Williamson Memorial Hospital wil stop delivering babies effective April 1, the Daily News reported. Also, the hospital will not seek approval to reinstitute services in its cardiac cath lab. Green Bay – The City Council authorized the $316,600 purchase of 12 new police squad cars, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

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Gillette – Two internists notified Campbell County Memorial Hospital that they will be leaving this fall, the Gillette News Record reported.

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