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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 signs toxic chemicals bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill into law to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The law requires manufacturers to disclose if toxic chemicals that can cause harmful health effects are in products designed for children.  Go to full article
Outside an Ontario polling place in 2011. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/60990146@N02/6218761143/">knehcsg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Outside an Ontario polling place in 2011. Photo: knehcsg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario candidates campaign through final day before election

It's the last day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow's provincial election. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is spending the day in Toronto, where her bus will make six stops.

Tory Leader Tim Hudak begins the day in Toronto, and then travels to Waterloo, Niagara Falls and Jarvis for a town hall.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will get some help from federal Leader Tom Mulcair, who will make an appearance at Horwath's final stop of the day in Kingston. Before that the NDP campaign will stop in Mississauga, Brampton, three Toronto ridings, Oshawa and Belleville.  Go to full article

New York Assembly backs gender anti-discrimination

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Assembly has voted 91-51 to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The measure was approved Tuesday by the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the seventh time. It hasn't advanced in the Senate controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats.  Go to full article
Wood Frog. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikemcd/3623351755">Michael McDonough</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wood Frog. Photo: Michael McDonough, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State Senate claims wood frog for New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The wood frog is one more hop closer to becoming New York's official amphibian.

The state Senate voted 50-4 on Tuesday to add it to the list alongside other official animals such as the blue bird, beaver, brook trout and snapping turtle.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/basicgov/3993310255/">BasicGov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: BasicGov, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature passes foreclosure protection bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Legislation extending a series of protections for homeowners facing foreclosure is heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Under the bill, lenders will have to give homeowners 90 days' notice of foreclosure and offer mandatory settlement conferences.  Go to full article

New York weighs kids' gay conversion therapy ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Democratic-led Assembly is set to take up a bill Wednesday banning licensed health officials from administering therapy to minors attempting to change their sexual orientation.

Mathew Shurka, of Long Island, describes himself as emotionally scarred from five years of therapy to "cure" his homosexuality. The 26-year-old began the therapy at age 16.  Go to full article
Observed change in very heavy precipitation in the U.S. Image: <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/our-changing-climate/heavy-downpours-increasing">National Climate Assessment</a>. Coupled with the National Climate Assessment, the Vermont Climate Assessment will provide a detailed portrait and forecast of climate impacts on Vermont communities, landscapes and the economy.
Observed change in very heavy precipitation in the U.S. Image: National Climate Assessment. Coupled with the National Climate Assessment, the Vermont Climate Assessment will provide a detailed portrait and forecast of climate impacts on Vermont communities, landscapes and the economy.

Report looks at effects of a warming Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Scientists from the University of Vermont and some of the state's business and political leaders are going to be talking about the long-term effects of climate change in the state.

The Vermont Climate Assessment report developed by UVM's Gund Institute is due to be released Tuesday.

The document is said to be the first state-scale climate assessment in the nation.  Go to full article

Vermont VA hospital sees most patients in 30 days

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction sees about 98 percent of patients within 30 days of their making appointments, better than the national average of 96 percent.

That still left 532 patients from Vermont and parts of New Hampshire waiting more than a month for an appointment.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo at the new Taste NY store. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14382217604/">Office of the Governor</a>
Governor Cuomo at the new Taste NY store. Photo: Office of the Governor

Cuomo cuts ribbon on new Taste NY Market

LAGRANGE, N.Y. (AP) There's a new market on the Taconic State Parkway that features products from around the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the new Taste NY Market at the Todd Hill rest area in LaGrange on Monday.

The market features foods and agricultural products including eggs, meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and items including syrups and sauces.  Go to full article

NY Senate passes bills to curb heroin scourge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Republican-led Senate has passed a series of bills to curb heroin use.

On Monday the Senate passed 23 of the 25 bills introduced last month following a series of forums around the state on heroin and opioid use.  Go to full article

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