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The WAVE program uses citizen volunteers to monitor water quality. Photo: NYS DEC
The WAVE program uses citizen volunteers to monitor water quality. Photo: NYS DEC

NY looks for citizens to help assess water quality

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York environmental officials are looking for citizen scientists to help them assess water quality.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers to help with assessments of Lake Ontario and the Niagara, Genesee, Delaware, Hudson and Mohawk river watersheds.

Data from the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators--or WAVE--project augments the work of state scientists creating an inventory of water quality. Volunteer monitors visit stream sites once a year in the warmer months to collect samples.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bondidwhat/206871891/">Bonnie Natko</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Bonnie Natko, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY offers $3M in cooling assistance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state has set aside $3 million to buy air conditioners for low-income residents whose medical problems could be worsened by high summer temperatures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Monday. Residents are encouraged to apply for the assistance program soon so the air conditioning units can be installed before summertime.  Go to full article
Cheerleaders doing splits. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/richelleantipolo/97771959/">Richelle Antipolo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cheerleaders doing splits. Photo: Richelle Antipolo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY moving to classify cheerleading as a sport

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York education officials are moving to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport for the safety of its participants.

A committee of the state Board of Regents approved the proposal Monday and the full board is expected to consider it Tuesday.

The Regents say the measure will help ensure that coaches are properly trained and that schools follow a common set of standards. Right now, there are no limits on the length of seasons or required practice days.  Go to full article
One reason many proposed mergers fail, says the New York Association of School Business Officials, is the threat of very long bus rides for rural children. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/">freefotoUK</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
One reason many proposed mergers fail, says the New York Association of School Business Officials, is the threat of very long bus rides for rural children. Photo: freefotoUK CC some rights reserved

Senate passes ban on sex offender bus drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Registered sex offenders could soon be prohibited from working as bus drivers in New York.

The Senate on Monday passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from driving a school or passenger bus.

Under the bill sponsored Sen. Carl Marcellino, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be barred from issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license to operate a bus to people who are required to register as a sex offender.  Go to full article

Would-be New York teachers face licensing test

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York education officials say about 83 percent of the first would-be teachers required to take a new "bar exam" have passed so far.

Any college student graduating after May 1 has to pass the new test, called the edTPA, to be certified as a New York teacher. It's the latest in a series of education reforms.  Go to full article

Officials: Deer scavenger may risk rabies exposure

CLAVERACK, N.Y. (AP) Health officials in Columbia County say a person who picked up a deer shot by a homeowner may be at risk of rabies exposure.

Officials tell the Albany Times Union that a resident shot the deer Thursday on County Route 16 in Hollowville, 32 miles south of Albany. The animal had been disoriented, stumbling into trees and a fence, and state Department of Environmental Conservation officials were scheduled to pick up the carcass to test for rabies.  Go to full article
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC

National Guard training in central New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) National Guard soldiers and airmen are taking part in special training to improve their emergency preparedness skills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the training will take place in the state's preparedness center in Oriskany Monday through Friday.  Go to full article

Teen's arm severed in Massena restaurant's pasta machine

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) A teenage employee at an Italian restaurant in northern New York has severed his arm while cleaning a pasta machine.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital tells The Associated Press that 17-year-old Brett Bouchard was listed in serious condition there Sunday morning.  Go to full article

Two killed by train in Verona NY

VERONA, N.Y. (AP) State police say two people have died after being hit by a train in central New York.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports that the man and woman were struck as they stood on tracks in the town of Verona around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kclegacymedia/8021795005/">Legacy Media</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Legacy Media, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

77% of NY high school students graduate on time, slightly below national average

NEW YORK (AP) A new report shows New York ranks 34th in the nation for students graduating on time, with 77 percent of high school students who entered the ninth grade in 2008 earning their diplomas in 2012.

The report was released Monday by foundations including the America's Promise Alliance headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Go to full article

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