AlabamaVance:Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday was to open a $70million logistics center at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. About 600 people will work in the building and be responsible for handling almost 3million parts a day.
AlaskaJuneau:Delta Air Lines is planning to provide daily, seasonal service between Seattle and Juneau starting next year.
ArizonaHeber: Newly created spawning sites at a prized fishery near here are expected to help boost the population of wild brown trout. Volunteers dumped 20 tons of gravel in a 100-foot portion of Canyon Creek in early October. The water velocity and depth made the creek ideal for spawning.
ArkansasLittle Rock:Hewlett-Packard is hiring 200 software engineers and programmers in Arkansas months after announcing layoffs at the same facility. The announcement comes after HP announced in July that it would lay off 500 workers from the Conway customer support center.
CaliforniaSanta Ana:Orange County has rejected a proposal to create an online map pinpointing dangerous dogs in more than a dozen cities. The Orange County Registersaid the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday against the proposed website while agreeing to revise an ordinance that will rank dangerous dogs on a three-tiered system.
ColoradoDenver:Colorado drunken-driving laws are about to get tougher in 2014. Starting on Jan.1, any Colorado driver who refuses a sobriety test will be branded a persistent drunk driver. If they want their driver's license back under a one-year suspension, they would be required hook a breathalyzer to their car to start it and stay off the road for at least two months.
ConnecticutWest Haven: The University of New Haven has set up a charitable fund for a homeless woman who alerted authorities to the presence of a man with a gun earlier this month. University President Steven Kaplan said the woman wants to remain anonymous.
DelawareIndian River Inlet:Delaware Seashore State Park is closed for the season to allow for construction on $10million worth of enhancements on both sides of the Indian River Inlet, including new and refurbished camping and RV sites.
District of Columbia:The City Council gave final approval to raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. The bill goes to Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray, who is not expected to veto it but has advocated for a more modest increase from the current $8.25.
FloridaLakewood Ranch: The homeowner's association for the Miramar at the Country Club is prohibiting children from playing in the street. ABC Action News reported the association has passed a bylaw saying that children can't play in the street because of safety reasons.
GeorgiaLawrenceville:The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared. WSB-TV reported that students whose photos are online appear to come from several Gwinnett County high schools.
HawaiiHonolulu:One of the Hawaii women who sparked a national battle over same-sex marriage in the 1990s is now legally married. Genora Dancel married Kathryn Dennis, her partner of 15 years. They were married Tuesday at the state Supreme Court.
IdahoPocatello:Remains found by hunters in the America Falls reservoir in early November have been identified as those of a Pocatello-area man who went missing during a June 2009 fishing trip. Charles Knipp was 37 when he went missing.
IllinoisChicago:The state Department of Labor has been ordered the city to rehire a budget analyst fired for violating the city's residency requirement after an abusive boyfriend forced her from her home. The department concluded Valerie Tolson, 56, was given "lip service" in her request for a residency waiver.
IndianaTerre Haute:A new hiking trail planned along the Wabash River is on hold while officials conduct tests to determine if parts of the pathway might be tainted with contaminants.
IowaIowa City: The University of Iowa said it will launch a new design for its home web page for the first time since 2008. The university said the changes aim to improve a site that has been visited 11million times by 2.4million people this year.
KansasWichita: A Kansas Army National Guard member who is raising four sons alone said someone stole the vehicle an organization donated to help him. Benjamin Lewis said the SUV was taken from his home Sunday night or Monday morning. Making the situation worse: His children's Christmas presents were hidden in the vehicle.
KentuckyFrankfort:A group of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement employees has filed suit against the Kentucky State Police. The civil suit claims that vehicle enforcement officers are "compensated at a substantially lower rate of pay than Kentucky State Police troopers and cadets" despite performing similar duties.
LouisianaThibodaux:Lafourche Parish sheriff's office officials have delivered 200 bicycles to underprivileged children as part of the agency's annual Christmas Bike Giveaway program.
MainePortland:Pope Francis has named Robert Deeley, 67, to be the next bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Vatican.
MarylandHagerstown:Washington County public schools are bringing back the D. Twelve years after the school board banned the just-above-failing grade in hopes of motivating marginal students, members voted 6-1 Tuesday to reinstate it, starting next school year, The Herald-Mailreported.
MassachusettsYarmouth: The ZooQuarium, a Cape Cod attraction for nearly half a century, has closed. The Cape Cod Times reported that the family-owned petting zoo and aquarium closed its doors on Dec.1 and the property is now for sale.
MichiganLansing:Gov. Snyder, a Republican, has signed laws requiring every public school in the state to have two epinephrine devices starting next academic year and ensure at least two staff members are trained to use them.
MinnesotaSt. Paul: Enrollment in colleges and universities has declined since last fall. Preliminary data from the Office of Higher Education shows overall enrollment dropping 2.7%.
MississippiOxford:Lafayette County has passed its first vicious-dog ordinance. County residents who own a dog known to be vicious will be required to carry insurance and keep the dog inside their home or on a leash.
MissouriSt. Louis:The animal shot and killed by a hunter last month was a canine, wandered the woods and showed no signs of domestication. Was it a wolf? Scientists with the Department of Conservation are using DNA testing to find out.
MontanaBozeman: Three life-sized horse sculptures rustled from a herd of 39 displayed on a hillside in southwestern Montana have turned up on a nearby ranch with only minor damage. Broadwater County Deputy Brandon Harris told the Bozeman Daily Chroniclea rancher checking on his cattle south of Townsend late Tuesday afternoon spotted the steel sculptures of two horses and a colt.
NebraskaKearney:An archway monument and museum that straddles Interstate 80 has been renamed. Known since its opening in 2000 as the Great Platte River Road Archway, the monument is being renamed simply The Archway.
NevadaSparks:The cowboy-themed Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and BBQ is coming to northern Nevada for the first time. Officials for John Ascuaga's Nugget announced the restaurant and nightclub with its mechanical bull will open in the Sparks casino resort this spring.
New HampshireConcord: State residents are shoveling about 3 to 6 inches of new snow. A water main break here affected 26 homes Tuesday night.
New JerseyJersey City:Locksmiths opened two large safes at City Hall that had sat unopened for decades and found nothing but musty air and a power cord. A locksmith estimated the safes were installed between the late 1930s and early 1950s, and Mayor Steven Fulop said he thought it would be fun to put the mystery to rest.
New MexicoAlbuquerque:The Fort Sill Apache Tribe is suing Gov. Martinez to force her to recognize the tribe's status in New Mexico. The Oklahoma-based tribe was granted federal reservation status for a plot of its homelands in southwestern New Mexico two years ago, and it alleges Martinez is violating a state law and discriminating against the tribe by ignoring it.
New YorkMineola: Police said a crane at a construction site near a Long Island hospital partially tipped over. The crane operator was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Nassau County police say no one else was hurt.
North CarolinaWilmington:television shows and films produced in the state spent more than $250million this year and provided about 25,000 job opportunities. Projections from the governor's office said more than 60 films, TV shows or commercials were filmed in 30 of the state's 100 counties.
North DakotaBismarck:Drug giant Johnson & Johnson will pay the state $923,000 as part of a $1.2billion national settlement over allegations it illegally promoted two of its best-selling anti-psychotic drugs.
OhioDayton:The National Aviation Hall of Fame will induct six new members on Oct. 4: Retired Brig. Gen. James McDivitt, who was command pilot for Apollo 9; Cirrus Design founders Alan and Dale Klapmeier; Emily Howell Warner, the first female captain of a scheduled, jet-equipped U.S. airline; and deceased pilots Bertrand "Bert" Acosta, one of the USA's first test pilots, and Sylvester "Steve" Wittman, who competed in his final air race at age 85.
OklahomaLone Wolf:A summer arts program for high school students at Quartz Mountain is accepting applications. The Summer Arts Institute is held each summer at Quartz Mountain Resort.
OregonEugene:Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner said he didn't find crimes in an investigation of the police evidence warehouse -- where more than 1,100 items such as guns, drugs, money and jewelry were misplaced.
PennsylvaniaRockwood: Officials here are seeking funds for a new Amtrak station. Commissioners say as much as $3million is needed to build an Amtrak station that would become a stop on the Capitol Limited line between Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Rhode IslandProvidence: Businesses and community members have come to the aid of a private, all-girls middle school where thieves stole more than 50 laptop computers and Christmas gifts for all the students. The non-profit Sophia Academy has received pledges for about $90,000.
South CarolinaCharleston:Eastern South Carolina's new area code will be 854, to be used beginning in 2015. The code will be used for new numbers in the 843 area code.
South DakotaPierre:Gov. Daugaard said residents should consider registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. The governor said Christmas is a time for giving, and there is no greater gift than the gift of life through organ donation.
TennesseeNashville:Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. is planning a $54million expansion in Anderson County and will add 81 jobs over the next two years. Aisin supplies parts to General Motors, Nissan and Toyota.
TexasSan Antonio: Public transit officials approved a $184million plan to construct an initial streetcar system to ferry 1.1million passengers around downtown.
UtahSalt Lake City: Figures from state education officials show Utah's high school graduation rate continues to rise, with four out of five high school seniors earning their diplomas in 2013. The graduation rate of 81% is up from 78% the year before.
VermontRutland: Organizers of Rutland's annual Gift of Life blood drive marathon said the city has set a single-day blood collection record. The Rutland Heraldreported the total collected in Tuesday's blood drive at five locations was 2,337 pints. That beats the previous national record of 1,968 points, held by Manchester, N.H.
VirginiaCharlottesville:A survey map believed to be created by Thomas Jefferson of land in Albemarle County has sold at auction for $30,000 to a private collector who did not want to be identified.
WashingtonWenatchee: The state Transportation Department expanded a no-hitchhiking zone to 6 miles on Stevens Pass for safety reasons. KPQ reported some back country skiers and snowboarders have followed avalanche chutes to the highway and hitched rides. Drivers who stop in a no-hitchhiking zone risk a $124 ticket.
West VirginiaMartinsburg: State transportation officials plan to replace the second oldest bridge in West Virginia. The one-lane stone-arch Van Metre Ford Bridge spans Opequon Creek east of here.It was built in 1832. Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said a new bridge will be built upstream from the existing bridge.
WisconsinMarshfield:An elderly but spirited neighborhood grocer will close the store her family has run for more than 50 years. Margaretta "Marge" Wolf, 97, said today will be her final day behind the candy counter. "It's about time to retire," Wolf said. The store provided the extra cash that allowed Marge and her husband, Art, to send their three children to college.
WyomingJackson:A judge ordered a Freedom man to pay a $2,500 fine for killing a grizzly bear after mistaking it for a black bear. Circuit Judge James Radda revoked Joe Conger's hunting privileges for a year and placed him on a year of unsupervised probation.
Compiled from staff and wire reports by Tim Wendel and Dennis Lyons. Design by Michael B. Smith. Graphics by Alejandro Gonzalez.