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This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.
This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.

NY to change signs for disabled access

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York's signs showing access points for disabled individuals.

The measure calls for removing the word "handicapped" from replacement or new signs, while using an updated wheelchair logo suggesting mobility, both intended to help remove any stigma attached to the designations.  Go to full article
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lafayette-college/4727527815/"> Lafayette College<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: Lafayette College
, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont writer wins National Medal of the Arts

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) Novelist, poet and Middlebury College instructor Julia Alvarez has won a National Medal of the Arts.

Alvarez, who lives in Weybridge, will receive the award along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Monday.  Go to full article

NY man drowns after falling into Sacandaga Lake

PROVIDENCE, N.Y. (AP) The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has drowned after he fell into Sacandaga Lake while docking a pontoon boat.

The sheriff's office says Arthur Merchant of Scotia fell into the water near Pine Tree Hollow Road in the town of Providence around 8:30 Saturday night.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/amjs_photos/1267670128/">Axizor</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Axizor, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Moose spotted wandering in Lake George area

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) State wildlife experts say a young moose that has been wandering through populated areas in northeastern New York is likely looking for his own place to hang out.

Ed Reed, a regional wildlife manager, tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls that the male moose may have been pushed out of another territory by an older bull moose. Reed says the young moose apparently is looking for his own territory.  Go to full article

US judge orders new trial for Vermont man on death row

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a new trial for a Vermont man on federal death row for the 2000 killing of a North Clarendon woman abducted outside a Rutland supermarket.

Federal Judge William Sessions III issued the order Thursday on the appeal filed by attorneys for Donald Fell.  Go to full article
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/6266737728/">The Wild Center</a>, Creative Commons some rights reserved
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: The Wild Center, Creative Commons some rights reserved

NY officials give tips to keep away nuisance bears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid people, but they are notorious for taking advantage of any available food source.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the 1,804th best-paid public worker in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the 1,804th best-paid public worker in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Report: 1,803 public workers paid more than Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year.

The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.  Go to full article
Camille Mackler, director of legal services for New York Immigration Coalition. Photo: LinkedIn profile
Camille Mackler, director of legal services for New York Immigration Coalition. Photo: LinkedIn profile

Unaccompanied immigrant children reaching NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more expected to reach the state in coming months.

Camille Mackler, director of legal services for the advocacy group, says most are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.  Go to full article

Man's body found floating in Saratoga Lake

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death for a man whose body was found floating in an upstate New York lake.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo tells local media that the manager of a private campground spotted the body floating in Saratoga Lake around 1 p.m. Wednesday and called 911.  Go to full article
Police use fire hoses to break up riot. Photo: <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/july64/timeline.html">City of Rochester</a>
Police use fire hoses to break up riot. Photo: City of Rochester

Rochester marks 50th anniversary of race riots

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Public officials and community leaders in Rochester are marking the 50th anniversary of race riots that drew national attention to the upstate city.

A special ceremony was held Wednesday night at High Falls on the Genesee River, and Mayor Lovely Warren has designated the next two days "Days of Remembrance and Re-Commitment."  Go to full article

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