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GE offices in Schenectady, NY, where the company was founded. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87587278@N00/3581295898/">Chuck Miller</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GE offices in Schenectady, NY, where the company was founded. Photo: Chuck Miller, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE opens fuel cell facility in upstate New York

MALTA, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.

The facility in Malta that opened Tuesday will be devoted to the development of high-efficiency fuel cells that take in natural gas. GE believes these so-called oxide fuel cells could generate from one to 10 megawatts of power.  Go to full article
Cuomo? Teachout? "Meh," says the NY Times editorial board.
Cuomo? Teachout? "Meh," says the NY Times editorial board.

NY Times: No endorsement in Cuomo-Teachout race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Times editorial board is withholding an endorsement in the Democratic primary for New York governor while delivering a stinging reprimand to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The paper's editorial board wrote Tuesday that it would not endorse Cuomo or his liberal challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.  Go to full article
Sprayer booms on the treatment boat apply the lampricide in the Saranac River delta leading into Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sprayer booms on the treatment boat apply the lampricide in the Saranac River delta leading into Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain lamprey treatment set

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Federal fish and wildlife officials along with their counterparts in Vermont and New York have set the fall schedule for treating Lake Champlain tributaries in the two states.

The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative will be applying lamprey killing chemicals to six tributaries and three delta areas during September and October.  Go to full article
Charles Reed Bishop.
Charles Reed Bishop.

Lake George marker honors famous Hawaii man

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) New York's newest roadside historic marker honors an upstate native who grew up in the Adirondacks and went on to become a prominent figure in Hawaii during the 19th century.

The Saratogian reports a blue-and-gold historical marker was recently erected along Route 9 in Lake George at the site of Charles Reed Bishop's childhood home. He was born in 1822 in nearby Glens Falls and spent his early years in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Flag of the Seneca Nation. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeromeg111/7653905792">JeromeG111</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Flag of the Seneca Nation. Photo: JeromeG111, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Woman announces run for Seneca Nation presidency

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP) A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe.

Darlene Miller announced her candidacy on Monday, saying she wants to unify the divided Seneca Nation and get back to traditional ways and values.

The election is Nov. 4.  Go to full article
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York creates $40M energy technology contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities to keep the lights on during power failures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which would award funding to companies or utilities that suggest the best ways to create so-called "microgrids." Microgrids are small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh man dead of stab wounds after fight

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A 49-year-old Plattsburgh man is dead and his friend's neighbor is charged with murder after a backyard argument escalated into a knife fight.

Plattsburgh police say Richard Bombard was in the backyard of a friend Sunday evening around 7:45 when a neighbor, 49-year-old Otis Grenton Jr., came over. Police say Bombard and Grenton apparently argued, and Grenton left for a short time.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/24571330@N03/9462050066/">Karen Yaeger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Karen Yaeger, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY fishing rules will extend through March

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation says current freshwater fishing regulations will extend through the end of March 2015, with a new regulations guide available on April 1.

The change was made based upon the change to the effective dates of fishing licenses. In the past, fishing licenses, like hunting licenses, were effective October 1 thru September 30. Now, fishing licenses are effective 365 days from the date of purchase.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Officials to discuss Champlain Valley oil trains

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A public forum is planned to discuss oil train safety in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

The forum Thursday evening in Plattsburgh will include emergency services directors, federal spill-response officials, environmental groups, lake ecologists and advocates for healthy schools.  Go to full article
Students in math class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/8081867203/">woodleywonderworks</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Students in math class. Photo: woodleywonderworks, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Vermont state board opposes standardized testing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont State Board of Education is taking a stance against the testing policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."  Go to full article

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