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14K still without power in upstate New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 14,000 utility customers in upstate New York are still without power two days after violent storms tore across the region, killing four people and destroying several homes in a rural town  Go to full article

11 whooping cough cases reported in Windham County

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department says 11 whooping cough cases were reported in Windham County in June and so far this month there have been five suspected cases.

Of the 11 confirmed cases, 10 people have been vaccinated against whooping cough. Officials don't know the vaccination status of the other case.  Go to full article
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420417007/">Zephyr Teachout Pride</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout Pride, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Liberal NY gov candidate gets 40K names for ballot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A liberal law professor seeking to challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she has collected 40,000 signatures from voters who want her name on the Democratic Primary ballot.

Zephyr Teachout's campaign plans to mail the petitions Thursday from a New York City post office.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/40217091@N03/12379927834/">Jarrett Frazier</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jarrett Frazier, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Olympic authority faces cash-flow crunch

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state audit has found that the public entity operating former Olympic venues in Lake Placid continues to face significant cash flow problems and has had to borrow money to make payroll.

An audit released Wednesday by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli determined that the Olympic Regional Development Authority needs to improve its financial practices.  Go to full article

Weather service: Tornado hit homes where 4 died

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.

Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in the town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica.  Go to full article
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ingveeh/14190930571/">Yngve Roennike</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: Yngve Roennike, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.  Go to full article

Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.

A spokesman for the Madison County emergency management office says the deaths were reported Tuesday evening in Smithfield, located between Syracuse and Utica. No details were immediately available.  Go to full article

Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in.

Police say Willy B. Levitt of Hardwick was issued a citation Tuesday to appear in court July 22 on a charge of simple assault.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Shumlin celebrates veterans laws

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Shumlin made the remarks Tuesday at a celebration of laws for veterans.  Go to full article
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3054923942/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York casino applicants promise economic boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop resorts.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday released the executive summaries that were submitted with the 17 casino applications last week. The documents summarize the selling points of each proposal.  Go to full article

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