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Vermont to study marijuana legalization

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Shumlin administration is preparing to launch a study of what marijuana legalization might look like in Vermont.

Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding, whose agency was requested by the Legislature to do the study, says it likely will look at the two other states that have gone first on legalization: Colorado and Washington state.  Go to full article

Roommates buy lumpy used couch, find $40K in cash

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) Three roommates who bought a lumpy old sofa at a thrift store found $40,000 in cash stashed inside and returned the money to the 91-year-old upstate New York widow who had hidden it there.

Social worker Cally Guasti tells The Associated Press Thursday that she and her two roommates found the money stuffed in envelopes hidden in the couch they bought from the Salvation Army in early March.  Go to full article
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission

D-Day plane restored in New York heading to France

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) A World War II transport plane that dropped American paratroopers on Normandy has departed a western New York airfield for D-Day's 70th anniversary commemoration in France.

The Douglas C-47 restored at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo took off Thursday afternoon from the museum's airfield. It's one of the last planes of its kind still flying and the only one from the U.S. participating in the June 6 events in Normandy.  Go to full article
Former NY Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joe_Bruno.JPG">UpstateNYer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Former NY Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Photo: UpstateNYer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Jury weighs charges for ex-NY Senate leader Joe Bruno

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal jury is set to resume considering federal fraud charges against the ex-New York state Senate leader following two hours of deliberations late Thursday afternoon.

In closing statements, prosecutors and defense attorneys have accused each other of using half-truths and misrepresenting the testimony about retired Sen. Joe Bruno and his dealings with businessman Jared Abbruzzese.  Go to full article

Man damaged ambulance after garden driven over

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) State police say they arrested a 61-year-old upstate New York man after he threw a crowbar through the window of an ambulance because he thought the vehicle was damaging his organic garden.

Troopers say they were called late last Friday night to assist an emergency medical squad with a combative patient in the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville.  Go to full article
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mmahaffie/28651285/">Mike Mahaffle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: Mike Mahaffle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US will own lamprey barrier with Quebec town

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with a town in Quebec to prevent sea lamprey from traveling up a tributary of Lake Champlain just north of the Vermont border.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the barrier is on the Moprion Cree, a tributary of the Pike River in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, which flows into Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.  Go to full article

Boys tossed from flyaway bouncer still in hospital

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Police say two young boys who fell from an inflatable bounce house as it was swept skyward by gusty winds remain hospitalized in stable condition, with one in a medically induced coma with a head injury.

Police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls that a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were playing in the 10-by-10-foot structure at a South Glens Falls townhouse community Monday when it broke loose from plastic anchoring stakes.  Go to full article
Lyngbya wollei is a relatively new type of algae that has been found in Lake Erie. Photo by Mark Brush / Michigan Radio
Lyngbya wollei is a relatively new type of algae that has been found in Lake Erie. Photo by Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Schumer wants EPA help for toxic algae in lakes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer says toxic algae found in 96 upstate New York lakes could contaminate drinking water and hurt tourism.

The Democrat is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for guidance to help local water treatment plants test and treat the toxins in the drinking water as well as criteria to help identify contaminated water.  Go to full article
Farmland in the Hudson Valley. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jms2/3599304300/">June Marie</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Farmland in the Hudson Valley. Photo: June Marie, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY makes $20.5M available to keep farmland

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they are making $20.5 million available to help maintain farmland and prevent its conversion to non-agricultural uses.

Municipalities, conservation districts, nonprofits and land trusts can apply for the grants from the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the funding will help ensure farms are kept in production.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

Vermont judge says F-35 won't need land-use permit

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont environmental court judge says there's no need for a state land-use permit to bring F-35 fighter planes to the Burlington International Airport.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas Walsh rejected a call by F-35 opponents who argued an Act 250 permit would be needed to bring the planes to the airport.

The South Burlington airport is owned by the city of Burlington.  Go to full article

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