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Nova, mascot of Auburn University, enters Jordan-Hare Stadium before a match against Arkansas State in 2016.

Auburn: The Auburn University says that its famous Nova Golden Eagle, also known as War Eagle VII, could be in an early stage of heart failure. The university made the announcement Tuesday in a press release. For more than a decade, the 20 year old male eagle has imposed itself over the crowd at college football games. He was dismissed from the pre-game tradition after a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, a chronic heart disease in 2017. Dr. Seth Oster, avian veterinarian at Southeastern College Raptor Center, said that a review recent indicated that the eagle could be at the beginning of heart failure. Veterinarians adjust the doses of drugs to try to treat the disease. Aurea, a five-year-old golden eagle, and Spirit, a 23-year-old bald eagle, have flown pre-game this season.


Ketchikan: The lawyers have launched a class action to cancel the recent rate increase for a group of state-owned homes providing subsistence care. News outlets report the lawsuit in the Ketchikan Superior Court and request a judge to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction against rate increases to Pioneer Homes. The lawsuit quotes the state of Alaska, Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy and officials from the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services as defendants. The seven 1 rate change has increased the cost of a Pioneer Homes bed from 40% to 140%. One of the lawyers who brought the lawsuit said that the state had sharply increased rates, causing damage to residents. An Alaska law department official said the ministry needed to review the complaint, but did not usually discuss ongoing cases.


On October 15, 2019, golden poplars dot the landscape below the Arizona Snowbowl, in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.

Flagstaff A proposal to create a "green" perpetual resting place on private land in the Coconino National Forest may not be so relaxing for the 13 tribes who consider the San Francisco summits sacred. Better Place Forests, a San Francisco, California-based company, has purchased the land from a Phoenix landowner and has announced plans to establish its third "Memorial Forest", or cemetery, on the property northwest of Flagstaff. . The company wishes to place cremated remains around a selected tree on the parcel, which is at an elevation of 8,400 feet and includes ponderosa and southwestern pine, aspen, aspen, Douglas fir and a meadow. The project, if it eliminates the regulatory hurdles of states and counties, would be preserved as a conservation area. But the 160-acre site is within the boundaries of the lands considered eligible for designation as "traditional cultural property" surrounding the San Francisco and Kachina Peaks Wilderness summits and, eventually, be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A statement from the Hopi tribe called the plan a "total violation of our religious and cultural beliefs".


Teachers, students and parents gather at Little Rock Central High School for a walk-in Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.

Small stone: Teachers in the city are holding demonstrations about the state's removal of collective bargaining power and permanent control of the district. But they offer little clue that they will hit for the first time in decades. Teachers, parents and students organized informal visits to the district of 23,000 students on Wednesday and then went into school buildings together before the classes started showing their support for the union. They are part of a series of actions that union leaders have planned after the National Education Commission's decision to strip away its collective bargaining power. The union's contract with the district expired Thursday. The union president said he had not ruled out a strike, which would be the first in the district since 1987. Arkansas has controlled Little Rock schools for almost five years.


A development called Paradise Valley has been proposed for this remote area just east of the Coachella Valley on both sides of Interstate 10.

Riverside: Officials canceled the construction project for a new city called Paradise Valley, at the southern end of Joshua Tree National Park, in the southern California desert. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept the Board's recommendation for planning and rejecting the project without prorogation. This decision is a victory for environmental advocates and locals who have voiced their concerns about urban sprawl in the inner region of East Los Angeles. This is a blow for GLC Enterprises, which has been trying to get approval for Paradise Valley for 15 years. The developer envisioned a community with 8,500 homes and 1.3 millions of square feet of space for commercial and civic purposes. Supporters say it would have created jobs and $ 5 millions of dollars in annual tax revenue.


Denver: Proposal DD, who will legalize sports betting in the state, has secured the passage. The measure has risen by about 1.4 percent, according to unofficial results released by the secretary of state's office Wednesday afternoon. This difference does not fall within the 0.5% margin of victory to trigger an automatic recount, which means that legal sports betting will be allowed as early as May if the result was in line with the official count. The DD proposal would legalize sports betting in Colorado through established casinos and online via websites operated by one of the 38 casinos currently under state control. The state would take 10% of the net proceeds of sports betting and would spend most of its profits – up to $ 29 million per year – on water projects throughout Colorado.


Hartford: Mobile phone company Lyft offers former detainees free, essential transportation in the city through a new partnership with the city and a nonprofit criminal justice reform group. Louis Reed, the national organizer of the bipartite # cut50, announced Wednesday that a first 60 to 80 code set for free rides in Lyft is now available for distribution at the city's visitor center. Mayor Luke Bronin said transit bus lines were limited and the new partnership would help people get through job interviews or medical appointments. Hartford is the first city to participate in the program, but other cities and organizations in the country are expected to follow, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and New York, as well as some rural areas.


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