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Kansas State Fair to evaluate gun rules for concert security

Sep. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair will reevaluate its gun policy this fall because concert security concerns could conflict with state law that allows gun owners to carry their weapons openly. The fair had to screen concertgoers at the Sept. 7 Billy Currington performance because he required it...

Louisiana's annual book festival is looking for volunteers

Sep. 15, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's 16th annual state book festival needs volunteers for the November event. This year's festival in Baton Rouge will be held Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature 250 authors and panelists. The free festival is held in and around the Louisiana Capitol, with readings...

No fair in 2019 for Alabama's Morgan County

Sep. 15, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — After nearly 70 years, the Morgan County Fair won't occur this year in Alabama. WAFF-TV reports the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Decatur has been on the market for more than 20 years. Fair director Jon Wiley says the land was bought unexpectedly. And while organizers tried to find a...

Thousands expected in Georgia for Shrimp & Grits Festival

Sep. 15, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Coastal Georgia is gearing up for its annual food festival that's dedicated to deciding who cooks the state's best shrimp and grits. Organizers expect more than 45,000 visitors for the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival that kicks off next Friday. The festival's main...

Indiana sheriff could face suit over festival altercation

Sep. 14, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana sheriff charged in an altercation with a teenage boy could face a civil lawsuit from the youth's family. The Journal Gazette reports Brad and Erin Bullerman filed a tort claim in August against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, alleging unlawful and...

Orchard planted in parents' memory thriving in Lincoln

Sep. 14, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Laurie Churchill's family has been part of Christ United Methodist Church since 1970. And if the apple orchard planted in her parents' memory continues to thrive like it has for the past eight years, Churchill and her family will be associated with the church for years to come....

Security increased for annual Eastern States Exposition

Sep. 14, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — It's the opening weekend of the annual Eastern States Exposition and officials have new security measures in place at New England's largest agricultural fair. Visitors will have to pass through metal detectors, 25 of which have been placed at the entrances to the Big E....

AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance

Sep. 13, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing. President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a...

Innkeeper told not to use 'Alienstock' as name of event

Sep. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An innkeeper who expects an unknown number of campers to be attracted to her tiny Nevada desert town by a "Storm Area 51" internet hoax has been sent a cease-and-desist order over her use of the name "Alienstock." Attorneys for Matty Roberts and associates, who broke ties this week with...

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Activists and...