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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
Photo: <a href="http://laughingsquid.com/">Scott Beale, Laughing Squid</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Scott Beale, Laughing Squid, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Online marketplace Etsy moves to new Brooklyn HQ

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Online marketplace Etsy is moving its operations to new headquarters in Brooklyn.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday says the new Etsy location, in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, is slated to create 340 jobs.  Go to full article

Churchill Downs joins casino proposal near Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Churchill Downs Inc. is joining an effort to bring a $300 million casino resort to the Albany area.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company says Tuesday it is joining with Saratoga Casino and Raceway in a bid to develop a casino across the Hudson River from Albany in the town of East Greenbush. The company owns and operates the Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby.  Go to full article
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard

New York airman receives 2nd heroism medal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A member of a New York Air National Guard unit based on Long Island has been awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan for the second time in six months.

National Guard officials say Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer of Westhampton Beach received the Bronze Star with Valor during a ceremony held earlier this month at the Air National Guard base on Long Island that's home to the 106th Rescue Wing.  Go to full article

Roads in Finger Lakes region closed by flooding

PENN YAN, N.Y. (AP) Severe storms that dumped up to five inches of rain have forced evacuations and closed roads in the Finger Lakes region.

Authorities tell local media that flash flooding forced some homes to be evacuated early Wednesday morning in the Yates County village of Penn Yan, on the northern end of Keuka Lake 45 miles southeast of Rochester.  Go to full article

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