Apr 24, 2014 — In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."
But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.
Troop B of the New York State Police, which covers most of the North Country, currently has three of those unmarked vehicles. State Trooper John Jackson, Jr., is driving one. It's 11 in the morning, and the needle of his speedometer is creeping past 100 mph. Trooper Jackson is out to stop a distracted driver. Go to full article
Apr 24, 2014 — Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the... Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Apr 24, 2014 — Bees need to be warm in order to fly. That's usually not a problem, since it takes millions of round trips to flowers to make a pound of honey. But should they fall idle long... Go to full article
Apr 24, 2014 — CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.... Go to full article
Apr 24, 2014 — BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The public library in the Vermont city of Burlington plans to put locks on its public restrooms to keep people from clogging the toilets with hypodermic... Go to full article
Apr 24, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is slated to take a final vote on passage of a measure calling for a study of potential tax revenues and other impacts from legalizing... Go to full article