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Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

VERNON, Vt. (AP) The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year.

The zone around the Vernon reactor includes towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Syracuse mayor resigns as Democratic Party chair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is resigning from her position as co-chair of the state's Democratic Party.

In a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state committee Thursday afternoon Miner says she chose to resign now to give the committee ample time to find a replacement before the November elections.  Go to full article

NY jobless rate up slightly in March to 6.9 pct.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state labor department says the unemployment rate was up slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 6.8 percent in February.

It says New York City also saw a slight increase to 8 percent from 7.9 percent a month earlier. In March 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent overall and 8.8 percent in New York City.  Go to full article

Lake Luzerne man admits killing wife Christmas Eve

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the Christmas Eve stabbing death of his estranged wife.

In a plea deal that will result in a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison, 47-seven-year-old Clifford Burns of Niskayuna admitted Thursday that he stabbed his 42-year-old wife Patricia in a fit of rage in her Lake Luzerne apartment.  Go to full article
Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/capturedscenery/678142095/">Timothy Holt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Photo: Timothy Holt, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont's largest hospital seeks 128 new rooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's largest hospital wants to construct a new building that would contain 128 private patient rooms.

The Burlington Development Review Board looked at plans for the 160,000-square foot building that would be located above the entrance to Fletcher Allen Health Care's emergency department and a parking lot.

The new building would replace two floors in a separate building that dates to 1961.  Go to full article

Cold slows floods, but some areas still underwater

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says damage from recent flooding has been wide-ranging and warns that Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage.

About 45 roads were closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Officials say a bridge also washed out in Johnson.

The National Weather Service also says widespread flooding will occur along the Passumpsic River in Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury Center.  Go to full article
Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/12400205764/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Parade honors Union College's hockey championship

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Union College's championship hockey team is being honored with a parade in their home city.

The parade from Union's Schenectady campus to city hall several blocks away will be held Thursday afternoon. It will honor Union's win over Minnesota on Saturday for its first NCAA title.  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokwan/3785077774/">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pete Seeger. Photo: DoKwan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Seeger will be celebrated at Hudson River festival

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer.

Seeger died in January at age 94, after surviving his wife Toshi by about seven months.

Clearwater Festival organizers say the two-day show at Croton-on-Hudson starting June 21 will celebrate the couple's legacy.  Go to full article
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.

US troops in Afghanistan hosting "shadow" marathon

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon "shadow run" to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

The 26.2-mile shadow runs are held by deployed U.S. military personnel on or around Patriots Day, when the Boston Marathon is run. This year's Boston Marathon is Monday, but the Bagram race is being held Friday.

Some 600 military members and civilians are expected to run in Bagram's shadow Boston Marathon.  Go to full article

NY comptroller says dubious tax refunds blocked

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Comptroller's Office reports stopping more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year, saying it has found 7,482 improper filings, up 18 percent from last year.

The office has audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests totaling $4.3 billion, with another 346,000 refund requests for $352.5 million expected to be paid soon.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says tax cheats are continually coming up with "new schemes to get money they aren't entitled to."  Go to full article

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