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NY expands youth employment program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is expanding a program that offers businesses tax credits in exchange for hiring at-risk youth.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that annual funding for the program has grown from $6 million to $10 million.  Go to full article

NY ethics board declines to shield finance reports

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics board has notified four advocacy groups that it won't shield their financial backers from public disclosure, citing insufficient evidence that revealing their names is likely to result in threats or even harm to those supporters.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics in January rejected disclosure exemptions for Family Planning Advocates and New York Women's Equality Coalition, which back abortion rights.  Go to full article
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

NY state health exchange reports 908,000 enrolled

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Health Exchange says 1.26 million New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 908,000 have enrolled for specific coverage.

The Department of Health says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes nearly 422,000 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and nearly 487,000 in government-funded Medicaid.

More than 70 percent were uninsured.  Go to full article

Two Vermont troopers, man shot in Leicester

LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) A man who allegedly entered his neighbor's home and shot him in the head before wounding a pair of Vermont state troopers has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.  Go to full article
USS Slater Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jackjack/">Michael Sheehan </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
USS Slater Photo: Michael Sheehan , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With the ice finally off the Hudson River, an Albany-based World War II warship has headed south to Staten Island for repairs.

The destroyer escort USS Slater is the last of its kind afloat in the U.S. and is a floating museum from April through November. It was supposed to head south in February to be dry-docked for extensive repair work. But thick ice downriver kept the 70-year-old ship in its upstate port. It finally left its Albany dock Sunday morning, towed by the tug Margot.  Go to full article
Tiger. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheddarcheez/">Phil Holker </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Tiger. Photo: Phil Holker , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fulton County man fights to keep his big cats

MAYFIELD, N.Y. (AP) A state appeals court has given a Fulton County man 30 days to get rid of his cats: three tigers and two leopards.

The Gloversville Leader-Herald reports that the state Supreme Court Appellate Division on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling against Steven Salton of Mayfield. Salton claimed the town Zoning Board was incorrect in determining his animals were part of a business.  Go to full article
Typical Surgery Room Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Typical Surgery Room Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Surgeon accused of slapping sleeping patients

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Federal investigators say a Syracuse surgeon often slapped anesthetized patients on the buttocks and insulted them before surgery.  Go to full article
Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/">denisbin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake Champlain. Photo: denisbin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Southern Champlain water quality in spotlight

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) Water quality in the southern Lake Champlain basin will be the focus of upcoming public hearings in Pawlet and Orwell.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has drafted a water quality management plan for surface waters in the basin, including the Poultney and Mettowee rivers, East Creek and several other tributaries that drain into the southern part of the lake.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52161059@N00/6322438058/">Danielle Spraggs</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Danielle Spraggs, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY task force to study rise in heroin, opioid use

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A legislative task force in New York is taking a look at ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.

Beginning Tuesday, the Senate task force is holding 12 forums around the state to gather information about the increase in opiate use.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House approves school tax increases

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House has voted to increase school property taxes after rejecting an amendment to scrap the state's current school funding system.

The bill before the House on Thursday would raise the rate on a house and up to 2 acres from 94 cents to 98 cents for every $100 of the property's value. The tax rate on non-residential property would go from $1.44 to about $1.52 per $100 of value.  Go to full article

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