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Wellington Annex. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/albany_tim/2975008638/">Newbold Bohemia</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Wellington Annex. Photo: Newbold Bohemia, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Old hotel in downtown Albany to be imploded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An old 11-story hotel building near the state Capitol is set to be demolished this week.  Go to full article

Shumlin, Scott, take "ice bucket challenge"

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice cubes dumped on their heads to raise money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The two did so Thursday morning on the Statehouse steps, where they were doused by Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon and a team of dousers working from a crane above.  Go to full article

Sorrell, Welch warn: avoid student loan scams

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Congressman Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about offers from financial companies that promise student loan "relief."

They say state and federal authorities are raising concerns over companies that promise to help student-loan borrowers ease their financial burden but charge hefty fees for unnecessary services.  Go to full article

Website Ask.fm to get more oversight of complaints

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general says new owners of the website Ask.fm have agreed to provide more oversight of complaints in an attempt to curb harassment and bullying.

The question-and-answer website popular among teens has been acquired by the owners of Ask.com. Doug Leeds, Ask.com's chief executive, says the focus is ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for users.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420417007/">Zephyr Teachout Pride</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Zephyr Teachout Pride, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo foe Teachout picks up public union support

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's second-largest public-sector union has endorsed Zephyr Teachout's long-shot bid to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Public Employees Federation represents 54,000 state workers who mainly work in white-collar positions. Union President Susan Kent said Thursday that her group took what she called a "bold step" by backing Cuomo's liberal primary challenger Teachout and her running mate in next month's Democratic primary.  Go to full article
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/spy81/14191428570/">Nolan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: Nolan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Dig at Colonial battleground turns up artifacts

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks has turned up thousands of artifacts.

Archaeologist David Starbuck says most of the items found buried at the Lake George Battlefield Park are butchered animal bones, mainly from the cattle that were the main food source for soldiers manning the wilderness outpost in the 18th century.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

New York to release results of standardized tests

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York state is about to release the results of the second round of student testing under the Common Core standards.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Marthinsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NJ to central NY heroin ring busted, 19 charged

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've broken up a heroin ring that was moving large amounts of the drug from New Jersey to the Syracuse area.  Go to full article
Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2009. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvids/4192352567/">DVIDSHUB</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2009. Photo: DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ft. Drum's 3rd Brigade deactivates as part of cuts

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) One of the Army combat brigades based at Fort Drum in northern New York is deactivating as part of Pentagon reductions announced last year.  Go to full article
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/4152991645/">Truthout.org</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: Truthout.org, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sanders to hold town hall meetings on the economy

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding four town meetings around the state to hear Vermonters' view of the economy.  Go to full article

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