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Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris

2014 projected to be record year for milk prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont dairy farmers were paid a record high price for their milk in April and prices remain strong, driven in part by international demand for U.S. dairy products. The extra income is allowing farmers to pay off debt, repair equipment and make other investments, following challenging years in 2012 and 2009.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

US Sen. Schumer wants tighter trucking regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is launching a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature's last week: min. wage, medical pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The fate of medical marijuana, a higher minimum wage and efforts to combat heroin addiction are set to be decided as New York lawmakers enter their final week of work during this year's regular session.  Go to full article
Corn field. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/planmygreen/2675568751/">Rastoney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Corn field. Photo: Rastoney, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York is central in genetically modified-food label debate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume.

Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients. Opponents say GMOs are safe and that labels will increase prices while unnecessarily frightening consumers.  Go to full article
Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: New York State Senate
Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: New York State Senate

Untranslated tapes could stall NY corruption trial

NEW YORK (AP) The corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two others may be stalled due to 300 untranslated Yiddish recordings. The New York Times says federal prosecutors didn't' turn over the recordings to defense lawyers until the trial was well underway.

They were made or received by Moses Stern, a Rockland County developer turned government informer.  Go to full article
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premierphotos/8696092534/">Premier of Ontario Photography</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario Liberals win majority, Tory leader will step down

The Ontario Liberals won a majority and the Progressive Conservatives lost a leader in yesterday's election.

Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals picked up an extra 11 seats for a total of 59 in sweeping past Tim Hudak and his PC party, which dropped 10 seats to finish with 27. Hudak said he would step down once a new party leader is chosen.  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: Tricia G., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY announces boost for hops research, wine tasting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is giving sales tax exemptions for winery tastings and funding for hops and malting barley research.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday $350,000 will be dedicated to research on key brewing ingredients to help specialists understand different varieties that work best for the state's agriculture.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: CT Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Grocers sue Vermont over GMO food label law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups have challenged a Vermont law that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday in Burlington, had been expected since Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the state's GMO labeling law last month, making Vermont the first in the nation to require the labeling.  Go to full article

Human trafficking bill caught up in legislative standoff

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Unless one side budges, a bill to combat human trafficking could again become a casualty to a standoff in the New York Legislature.

The legislation to increase penalties for sex traffickers passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/intelfreepress/8598246170/">Intel Free Press</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Intel Free Press, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Shumlin to sign ban on cellphones while driving

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign a ban on using hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.  Go to full article

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