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A 2012 rally in support of the New York Dream Act Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/longislandwins/6983673739/">Long Island Wins</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A 2012 rally in support of the New York Dream Act Photo: Long Island Wins, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tuition aid for students in NY illegally gets bump

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Supporters of a bill that would give New York students in the U.S. illegally access to state tuition assistance weren't giving it much of a chance in this election year, planning instead for a push in 2015.

But unforeseen support from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and more Democratic lawmakers has breathed new life into the state's proposed "Dream Act" and given hope to immigrant students who would otherwise be shut out of state financial aid.  Go to full article
Skiing at Killington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlaurente/79704493/">Robert Laurente</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Skiing at Killington. Photo: Robert Laurente, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lost skiers found near Killington resort

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Two New Jersey skiers are safe after they got lost when skiing out-of-bounds at Vermont's Killington ski resort.

State Police say Jack Cole and Jack Kiess, of Glenn Rock, N.J., called 911 for help at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday to say they had become lost.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust

EPA removing tons of PCB-laden soil from GM Massena site

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal officials report removing 335,000 tons of PCBs, contaminated soil and other material from the shuttered General Motors factory in northern New York, finding more waste than expected in the Superfund cleanup.

In its 2014 project update, the Environmental Protection Agency says that's more than four times the amount covered in the original settlement agreement.  Go to full article
Rep. Chris Collins (R) NY-27. Photo: official portrait
Rep. Chris Collins (R) NY-27. Photo: official portrait

GOP Rep.: bar federal money for prison college

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Republican congressman from the Buffalo area says he will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal money to provide college courses for convicted criminals.

The promised legislation from U.S. Rep. Chris Collins comes days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a program to offer associate's and bachelor's degree education at 10 state prisons. Cuomo says it will reduce the likelihood of inmates returning to crime.  Go to full article

Essex County man gets prison for speed contest death

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A 20-year-old Essex County man will spend up to 10 years in state prison for causing the death of one woman in a crash during a speed contest and for the rape of two teenage girls.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports that Elizabethtown resident Keith Denton was sentenced Thursday on his guilty pleas to criminally negligent homicide, second-degree rape and sexual misconduct.  Go to full article
Team USA Captain Zach Parise. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfie/4376313059/sizes/z/in/photolist-7EHKpr-aEfgYb/">Christine Grabig</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Team USA Captain Zach Parise. Photo: Christine Grabig, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

U.S.-Canada showdown in men's hockey today in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) One day after the Canadians beat the Americans in a thrilling gold medal game in women's hockey, the men from both hockey powers square off in a semifinal.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45082883@N00/2716683773">Michael Sauers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Michael Sauers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer wants feds to dredge 6 upstate harbors

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to fully dredge six upstate New York harbors that are eligible for Hurricane Sandy dredging money.

The Sandy appropriations cover dredging back to pre-storm conditions. But it's but not enough money to bring them to fully functional navigational channel depths.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16456630@N00/410979198/">Wendy House</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Wendy House, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY settles probe of generic drug manufacturers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.

According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the settlement ends their 2010 agreement against competing over dozens of drugs.  Go to full article
Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/8567815764/">Gage Skidmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Astorino: Trump should end "circus" on governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Donald Trump's public flirtation with running for governor is being criticized by a potential Republican rival.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says Wednesday that Trump needs to end "this circus stuff" and say he's running for governor or not.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Schneiderman backs claims for wrongful convictions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing revisions in state law to let more people wrongfully convicted of crimes bring damage claims against the state.

Schneidman plans to detail the proposal Wednesday at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Go to full article

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