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Gates-funded student data group to shut down

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The head of a student data processing organization says it will shut down in the coming months following criticism that led to the recent loss of its last active client--New York state.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit inBloom was started with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp.

The goal was to give educators a data tool to personalize instruction. But the idea of storing sensitive student data in cloud-based servers had parents and lawmakers worried about privacy and security.  Go to full article

Saratoga racino owners eye different casino site

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Owners of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway have dropped a push to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the city known for its horse racing in favor of a proposal to build a casino closer to Albany.

The facility's owners say Monday that they will seek a license to operate a casino in East Greenbush in Rensselaer County, just across the Hudson from the state's capital.

The decision came after officials and residents in Saratoga Springs objected to plans for a full casino.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coalition seeks answers on NY crude oil shipments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A coalition of environmental groups and local residents is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to set a deadline for a crude oil shipper to provide more details on its Albany port operations.

A letter sent to DEC Monday by Earthjustice, other environmental groups and Albany residents and officials seeks details on Global Companies' current and planned operations by May 3.  Go to full article
Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.
Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.

Dig planned at site of NY Revolutionary War fort

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig is planned for later this spring at the Mohawk Valley site of a Revolutionary War fort that played a role in one of the conflict's bloodiest battles.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that the excavations will start May 31 at the Herkimer County Historical Society, former site of Fort Dayton.

Built in 1776, Fort Dayton was one of several fortifications constructed by the Continental Army along the Mohawk River. In August 1777, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer and hundreds of American militiamen set out for the relief of nearby Fort Stanwix in present-day Rome.  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Rubin_Carter_4.jpg">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: WikiMedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending almost 20 years in a U.S. prison for a triple murder he didn't commit died at his home in Toronto yesterday. He was 76.  Go to full article
Life Jackets Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeline-imagery/262176952">Sean Connors</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Life Jackets Photo: Sean Connors, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont officials remind boaters to stay safe

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials are reminding boaters and anglers to stay safe on the water and wear flotation vests.  Go to full article
Spent Grain Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/2306070622">Kelly Teague</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Spent Grain Photo: Kelly Teague, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers up in arms.

Schumer will be at the Rohrbach Brewing Co. brewery in Rochester today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ditch a proposal he says will make it too expensive for brewers to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperedjane/9528253385">Peppered Jane</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: Peppered Jane, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New NY group to promote Champlain Valley hiking

WESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) A new nonprofit group that has been developing trails in the Champlain region for the past five years is planning an inn-to-inn trekking event to showcase the area.

The organization Champlain Area Trails is hosting an event called the Grand Hike on May 3. Hikers will depart at 9 a.m. from the Westport Hotel in Westport, walk along trails and scenic back roads, and end up at the Essex Inn in Essex.  Go to full article
Happy Earth Day Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eraphernalia_vintage/4544738487">Cheryl</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Happy Earth Day Photo: Cheryl, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

The activities include hikes, wildlife watching, tree-planting and educational exhibits.  Go to full article
New York City Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/layant/4175092212/">Pedro Layant</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York City Photo: Pedro Layant, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ravitch to discuss fiscal plight of cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments.

Ravitch is set to deliver a lecture on the fiscal woes of America's municipalities Tuesday afternoon at Albany Law School. The event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article

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