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California

A group of third graders were caught smoking marijuana at school, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another student discovered two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old smoking weed in a Sonora Elementary School bathroom on Feb. 27. The superintendent did not divulge how the students will be disciplined and probation officials are investigating who supplied the drug.

Connecticut

President Barack Obama went to Connecticut Wednesday to continue his push for a higher minimum wage, according to the New York Times. Obama met with the governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island. The President has made it a priority to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, saying no full-time worker should have to raise their family in poverty. Republicans oppose the initiative, saying an increase in minimum wage could cost the country thousands of jobs, according to the Times.

Florida

A Florida congressman denied Wednesday that he shoved his wife during a domestic dispute, according to Reuters. Rep. Alan Grayson’s attorney, Mark Nejame, said a video of the quarrel shows that the representative’s wife, Lolita Grayson, was the aggressor. Lolita, who filed for a divorce in January, gave a statement about the incident that won her a temporary protective order against her husband. She also reported the alleged abuse to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Reuters reported.

New Jersey

A suspected gas-related explosion killed one person and injured seven Tuesday, according to CNN. The explosion also damaged 55 town houses in Ewing Township, N.J. Public Service Electric and Gas workers were trying to repair a gas line when the explosion occurred, CNN reported. Seven of the workers were injured, but their injuries are not life threatening. Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann said shelter is being offered to those who cannot return to their homes due to the explosion.

Texas

A Texas man stabbed his girlfriend’s estranged husband with a Legend of Zelda sword replica during a domestic dispute Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. Kimberly Wilkey invited her estranged husband John Wilkey for reconciliation at their family home. When John arrived, he got into a fight with Eugene Thompson, Kimberly’s new boyfriend. During the encounter, Thompson was bashed in the head with a flower vase, and John received non-fatal puncture wounds from Thompson’s Zelda sword replica. Thompson said he bought the sword to complete a costume, according to the article. Both men were treated and released at local hospitals.

Washington

Washington issued its first legal marijuana business license to Sean Green, chief executive of Spokane’s Kouchlock Productions, according to ABC News. The license, which was given on Wednesday, will allow Green to grow 21,000 square feet of marijuana at his facility in Spokane. Washington and Colorado are the only states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. The state’s first pot shop will likely open in June or July, ABC News reported.