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MAYVILLE — A nationwide search has begun for a Virginia man thought to have driven to upstate New York last week to kill the superintendent of a small school district, police said Thursday.

Police in Clymer think Anthony Taglianetti II, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., went to New York last Friday night to shoot Keith Reed Jr., 51, then returned to Virginia.

The slaying was not connected to Mr. Reed’s job as school superintendent, officials said. They think they know the motive, but they would not divulge it.

Police have ruled out murder for hire or a drug-related killing, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said.

Authorities settled on Mr. Taglianetti after collecting evidence and witness statements; they say he acted alone.

Mr. Reed had been superintendent of the single-building Clymer Central School District and its 468 students since November.

CALIFORNIA

Deal with water authority gives go-ahead for desalination plant

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Water Authority has announced a tentative agreement to buy the entire output of what will be the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant.

Thursday’s deal clears the way for construction to begin on the $900 million plant in Carlsbad.

When completed the plant is expected to produce 50 million gallons a day, enough to supply about 7 percent of the San Diego region. The plant is expected to be ready in 2016

OKLAHOMA

Pastors protest store’s fight against morning-after pill

OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of liberal Christian groups has come out against Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging federal health care guidelines that require companies to provide insurance that covers the morning-after pill.

The Rev. Lance Schmitz says more than 80,000 people signed petitions opposing the Oklahoma-based arts and crafts chain’s lawsuit. The Oklahoma City pastor tried to deliver the petitions Thursday to Hobby Lobby headquarters but was ordered to leave the property. He says he will mail the petitions instead.

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