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Propane storage facility. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierceplace532/1289206110/">Pierce Place</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Propane storage facility. Photo: Pierce Place, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY regulators to discuss propane storage plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators say they'll hold an "issues conference" on a proposed propane storage facility in a depleted Finger Lakes salt cavern to determine if an official hearing before a judge is needed.  Go to full article
National Guard troops outside of Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thenationalguard/11964721055/">The National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
National Guard troops outside of Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Photo: The National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York National Guard unit returns from Kuwait

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 200 members of a New York Army National Guard aviation unit are back in the United States after a deployment to the Persian Gulf.  Go to full article

NY judge rules that Teachout may stay on ballot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in Brooklyn says liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary, dismissing an attempt by Cuomo supporters to kick her off the ballot.  Go to full article
Norris Berry Farm in Monkton, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/found_drama/3888672864/">Rob Friesel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Norris Berry Farm in Monkton, VT. Photo: Rob Friesel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business.

The tiny spotted wing drosophila arrived in the U.S. from Asia in 2008 and turned up in the Northeast in 2011.  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelgarethjohnson/14643558018/">Michael Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: Michael Johnson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY judge to rule on challenge to Teachout campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in New York state will soon rule on whether a liberal law professor's campaign to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo can continue.

Fordham University professor Zephyr Teachout's candidacy has been challenged by Cuomo supporters who say she doesn't meet the five-year residency requirement to run in next month's Democratic Primary for governor.

The judge in the case plans to announce his ruling Monday.  Go to full article
Coast Guard checking a boat off Alexandria Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastguardnews/8862036256/">Coast Guard News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Coast Guard checking a boat off Alexandria Bay. Photo: Coast Guard News, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coast Guard rescues five on St. Lawrence, one on Lake Ontario

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. (AP) It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard patrolling the waters of the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8936100840/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

New York governor, other officials head to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during that country's conflict in Gaza.

Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on Tuesday. Cuomo announced the trip Sunday, saying the delegation would meet with Israeli leaders and visit residents affected by the fighting.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York teachers to shred tests in protest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York teachers say they plan to protest against the privatization of public education by shredding standardized tests.

Leaders of the New York State United Teachers union say the protest will take place Monday evening on the steps of the state Education Department in Albany.  Go to full article
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_powder">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: Stanisław Skowron, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product hits stores as early as next month.

Schumer cites what he calls the "already massive problem of underage drinking," drunken driving and other alcohol-related crime on Long Island.  Go to full article
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/monusco/8102320043/">MONUSCO Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: MONUSCO Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

President of Senegal visiting Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The president of the west African nation of Senegal is in Vermont.

Senegal President Macky Sall is scheduled to visit Montpelier on Friday. Sall was invited to Vermont by Gov. Peter Shumlin.  Go to full article

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