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The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York creates $40M energy technology contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities to keep the lights on during power failures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which would award funding to companies or utilities that suggest the best ways to create so-called "microgrids." Microgrids are small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh man dead of stab wounds after fight

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A 49-year-old Plattsburgh man is dead and his friend's neighbor is charged with murder after a backyard argument escalated into a knife fight.

Plattsburgh police say Richard Bombard was in the backyard of a friend Sunday evening around 7:45 when a neighbor, 49-year-old Otis Grenton Jr., came over. Police say Bombard and Grenton apparently argued, and Grenton left for a short time.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/24571330@N03/9462050066/">Karen Yaeger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Karen Yaeger, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY fishing rules will extend through March

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation says current freshwater fishing regulations will extend through the end of March 2015, with a new regulations guide available on April 1.

The change was made based upon the change to the effective dates of fishing licenses. In the past, fishing licenses, like hunting licenses, were effective October 1 thru September 30. Now, fishing licenses are effective 365 days from the date of purchase.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Officials to discuss Champlain Valley oil trains

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A public forum is planned to discuss oil train safety in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

The forum Thursday evening in Plattsburgh will include emergency services directors, federal spill-response officials, environmental groups, lake ecologists and advocates for healthy schools.  Go to full article
Students in math class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/8081867203/">woodleywonderworks</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Students in math class. Photo: woodleywonderworks, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Vermont state board opposes standardized testing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont State Board of Education is taking a stance against the testing policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."  Go to full article
The Hyde House in Glens Falls has been an important art and cultural destination for decades. Photo: Todd Moe
The Hyde House in Glens Falls has been an important art and cultural destination for decades. Photo: Todd Moe

Hyde Collection receives French print collection

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) A Texas law school professor has donated an extensive collection of 19th century French prints and books to a museum in upstate New York.

The donation of 94 items from Tobin Sparling was the second major donation this year to the Hyde Collection of Glens Falls. Earlier this year, the museum received 128 photographs by 14 significant photographers from former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office

NY fishing touted in new TV tourism ads

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's finest fishing waters from Long Island to the Thousand Islands are featured in a TV tourism ad unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend.

Cuomo was in the Finger Lakes hosting the Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake while the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament was taking place on Cayuga Lake. It was one of a series of tourism promotional events held by Cuomo around the state, which have included snowmobiling in Tug Hill and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

NY products featured in new vending machines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New vending machines featuring New York's homegrown products have been introduced at the State Fair and will soon be added at state-run highway rest areas across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says proceeds from the machines at the fair will benefit the Food Bank of Central New York.  Go to full article

Searchers comb woods in 1994 missing woman case

MEXICO, N.Y. (AP) A search team continues to look for remains of 1994 kidnapping victim Heidi Allen in Oswego County woods.

Allen was last seen in early April 1994 working at a convenience store in the town of New Haven. Her body was never found, but a jury convicted Gary Thibodeau of kidnapping her.  Go to full article
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turningstonepoker.jpg">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Pwrbanker, public domain

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York.

The lawsuit filed by the village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County alleges that officials in two nearby communities offered support for the project without analyzing the impact it would have on the village.  Go to full article

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