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Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Walmex_plateros.JPG">Enrique Cornejo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Enrique Cornejo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY minimum wage rising to $8 an hour

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's minimum wage will increase to $8 an hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.

It's the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget last March.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Study finds NY 21st in funding to stop smoking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates ranks New York 21st among states in funding of smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this month also includes New York among states it says broke promises to use all or most of the money from the historic tobacco company settlement 15 years ago to combat smoking.  Go to full article
Warren County, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5218592705/">Diane Cordell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Warren County, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Upstate NY man accused of killing estranged wife

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man has been accused of killing his estranged wife with a knife.

The Warren County sheriff's office says 46-year-old Clifford Burns of Niskayuna was arrested after a brief car chase soon after 42-year-old Patricia Burns was attacked in her Lake Luzerne home at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Nine_Mile_Point_Nuclear_Generating_Station_001.jpg">Michael Styne</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Michael Styne, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NRC: Nine Mile Point reactor problems resolved

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) Federal regulators say they're satisfied the operator of a nuclear power plant in central New York has addressed problems that led to four unscheduled reactor shutdowns last year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it did a special inspection at Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba last month because of the shutdowns from July to November 2012.  Go to full article
Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chelsea_nj/4738864523/">Szapucki</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Burlington, VT. Photo: Szapucki, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. group that provides cars to needy, needs cars

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont group that donates cars to the needy is seeking vehicle donations.
The Good News Garage in Burlington is seeking drop-off donations by Dec. 31 when the organization will host its Annual Car Donation Drop-off Event between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Go to full article
Danville, VT. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloggle/2903168279/">Doug Cadmus</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Danville, VT. Photo: Doug Cadmus, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont pair charged in teacher death wants new court

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) The Waterford couple accused of kidnapping and killing a Vermont teacher last year will try again to move their trial out of Caledonia County.

The Caledonian Record reports that Patricia and Allen Prue are scheduled to be Caledonia Superior Court on Jan. 10 to argue that publicity makes it impossible to get a fair trial in St. Johnsbury.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_nguyen/11483736825/">Rob Nguyen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Rob Nguyen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. outages remain, but crews making progress

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Thousands of Vermont utility customers are still without electricity in northwestern Vermont, more than three days after an ice storm dropped trees on power lines or the heavy ice made the lines collapse.

As of late Tuesday, the Vermont Electric Cooperative still had almost 3,400 customers without power.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtgklt/2155522564/">Mike&Kelly</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mike&Kelly, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Refreshed phone app has NY Times Square countdown

NEW YORK (AP) The breathless drama of New York City's Times Square New Year's Eve countdown is going miniature with a free app for electronic devices.

The app promises news and updates from the Times Square ball and is touted as simpler to navigate than earlier versions.  Go to full article

NY man charged after bicyclist killed by car

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) A 28-year-old northern New York man faces multiple felony charges after state police say he left the scene after hitting a bicyclist with his car, causing fatal injuries.

Troopers say Daniel Lester of Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County was driving his Toyota Corolla north on County Route 27 in Canton shortly before 11 p.m. Monday when the accident happened.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39017545@N02/5814147128/">Matt Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Matt Johnson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Feds: $18.5M to help fund Syracuse rail upgrades

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal officials say they're giving the state $18.5 million to reduce delays and improve service on the railroad in Syracuse.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the money will be used to cut passenger and freight train congestion on Amtrak's Empire Corridor at the Syracuse station.  Go to full article

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