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Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/12400205764/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Parade honors Union College's hockey championship

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Union College's championship hockey team is being honored with a parade in their home city.

The parade from Union's Schenectady campus to city hall several blocks away will be held Thursday afternoon. It will honor Union's win over Minnesota on Saturday for its first NCAA title.  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokwan/3785077774/">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pete Seeger. Photo: DoKwan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Seeger will be celebrated at Hudson River festival

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer.

Seeger died in January at age 94, after surviving his wife Toshi by about seven months.

Clearwater Festival organizers say the two-day show at Croton-on-Hudson starting June 21 will celebrate the couple's legacy.  Go to full article
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.

US troops in Afghanistan hosting "shadow" marathon

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon "shadow run" to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

The 26.2-mile shadow runs are held by deployed U.S. military personnel on or around Patriots Day, when the Boston Marathon is run. This year's Boston Marathon is Monday, but the Bagram race is being held Friday.

Some 600 military members and civilians are expected to run in Bagram's shadow Boston Marathon.  Go to full article

NY comptroller says dubious tax refunds blocked

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Comptroller's Office reports stopping more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year, saying it has found 7,482 improper filings, up 18 percent from last year.

The office has audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests totaling $4.3 billion, with another 346,000 refund requests for $352.5 million expected to be paid soon.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says tax cheats are continually coming up with "new schemes to get money they aren't entitled to."  Go to full article
Vermont's Otter Creek during  spring flood in 2007. Photo: <a href="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/179/437135973_31a897d666_o_d.jpg">Jim Something</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont's Otter Creek during spring flood in 2007. Photo: Jim Something, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rains add to flood threat in Vermont, parts of NH and ME

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Heavy rains and melting snow and ice have pushed rivers toward or above flood stage in northern New England.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for most counties in Vermont. Emergency management officials say a number of state and local roads are closed due to high water and more are expected to close as rivers crest.  Go to full article
The <em>Robinson Bay</em> breaks Seaway ice back in 2001. NCPR file photo: Lisa Lazenby
The Robinson Bay breaks Seaway ice back in 2001. NCPR file photo: Lisa Lazenby

Shipping hampered by ice on St. Lawrence Seaway

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) Huge chunks of ice are causing problems on the Saint Lawrence Seaway even though the shipping season started two weeks ago.

Canadian Coast Guard ice cutters were trying to disperse ice clogging the shipping channel Tuesday as several ocean-bound cargo vessels waited to pass through.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/13131820805/">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer opens NY's new utility control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has formally opened the state's new high-tech utility control center near Albany that aims to improve the efficiency of the state's electrical grid.

The Democrat attended the official opening of the $38 million center Tuesday. Known as the New York Independent System Operator Utility Control Center, the facility is intended to better coordinate electrical production with demand.  Go to full article

Foundation says law changes improve NY tax climate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Washington-based Tax Foundation says recent changes in New York law would raise the state's corporate tax climate ranking from 25th to fourth best in the nation, while inching its overall ranking from last place to 48th, ahead of New Jersey and California.

In its new report, the nonprofit research group says New York's new tax laws, simplifying business taxes and cutting the corporate rate from 7.1 to 6.5 percent and manufacturers' rate to zero, will be phased in over a few years.  Go to full article
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wdwbarber/2943933431/">Bill Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: Bill Barber, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario farmland continues to soar in value

There has been another healthy increase in the value of Ontario farmland.

Farm Credit Canada's "Farmland Values Report" says the average value of farmland in the province went up by nearly 16 per cent last year, continuing a trend that began in 1988.  Go to full article
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in 2010. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/azipaybarah/4499301881/">Azi Paybarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in 2010. Photo: Azi Paybarah, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Paladino: Astorino must "cleanse" GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would make a "great governor" but says he will only win if he appeals to the party's conservative base.

In an email to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, Paladino said he's dropping his efforts to recruit celebrity businessman Donald Trump. But he says Astorino won't win unless he works to "cleanse" the GOP of officeholders who he says fail to adhere to conservative principles.  Go to full article

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