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NY gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York and federal officials report a final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.

The goal of the Medicaid waiver is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.

The Department of Health and Human Services says New York will have to meet ongoing milestones for funding.  Go to full article

NY limiting acceptance of welfare debit cards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget contains amendments to a social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling or strippers.

The measure, scheduled to take effect at the end of May, prohibits gaming facilities, liquor stores, adult entertainment venues and some other retail outlets from accepting electronic benefit transfers from public assistance recipients.

The law already prohibits them from cashing welfare checks.  Go to full article
Cranberry pool in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/6537926433/"> U.S. Fish And Wildlife </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cranberry pool in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish And Wildlife , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Missisquoi delta recognized as important wetland

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's Missisquoi Bay delta and bay wetlands are being recognized as important wetlands.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuges and Vermont's Maquam, Carmen's Marsh and Rock River wildlife management areas along the northeastern edge of Lake Champlain are receiving the recognition from the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.  Go to full article
Ice Flow. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/landerholm/5251946494/">Kent Landerholm </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ice Flow. Photo: Kent Landerholm , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rain, melting snow keep rivers high

COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.  Go to full article

NY Senate task force on opiate addiction to meet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A legislative task force is continuing its review of ways to address the rise in heroin and opiate abuse.

The group is scheduled to hold a forum Tuesday at the Monroe County Office Building in Rochester. It's the second of 12 such events planned throughout the state. Another forum is planned for Tuesday night in Utica.  Go to full article
New York State Route 418. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/10788756074/">Adam Moses</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Route 418. Photo: Adam Moses, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Route 418 reopened after Adirondack mudslide closes it

WARRENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) The Warren County Sheriff's Office says a road closed by a mudslide in the southeastern Adirondacks has been reopened after the debris was cleared.

The sheriff's office says Route 418 from Warrensburg to Thurman was closed Saturday evening after mud and trees covered about 100 feet of the roadway.  Go to full article

NY pay raise for 100,000 direct care workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 caretakers of the disabled and others next year, their first raise in several years for many.

They will get a second cost-of-living adjustment next April, along with about 30,000 case workers, nurses and social workers.  Go to full article

Canadian sentenced for running US pot smuggling

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A 66-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced in a northern New York court to 10 years in prison for his leading role in a multi-million-dollar marijuana smuggling operation.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Thursday that 66-year-old Nicolas Varacalli of Montreal was recently sentenced in federal court in Syracuse, where he pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Go to full article
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennlaw/12995711874/">>Penn Law</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: >Penn Law, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Federal prosecutors taking NY commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say they're taking the remaining files from the state anti-corruption commission now shutting down and plan to complete its investigations.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara requested the Moreland commission's "important and unfinished work" investigating New York political corruption. He tells the commissioners in a letter that the closing was "premature."  Go to full article

NY man sues doc, saying his appendix was left in

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A New York investment banker had only one appendix. But he says two surgeons reported taking it out, in operations 14 months apart.

William McCormack is suing the first hospital, Lawrence Medical Center in Bronxville, and the surgeon, Dr. Michael Kerin.  Go to full article

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