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Gov. Cuomo talking with the press yesterday in Freeport, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14601317018/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Cuomo talking with the press yesterday in Freeport, NY. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo again defends handling of corruption probe

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission but questions about his office's involvement aren't going away.

The Democratic governor traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: Jasperdo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake's drinking water cited for lead

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the Department of Health sent a letter to Saranac Lake officials two weeks ago notifying them that the village is in violation for exceeding the allowable level for lead based on samples conducted earlier this year.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

NY announces $250M in green energy investments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is setting aside $250 million to invest in wind farms, hydropower and other renewable energy projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Tuesday. It's available to businesses and groups looking to build wind farms, fuel cells or biomass generators or upgrade small to medium-sized hydroelectric facilities.  Go to full article
A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/5261073563">arbyreed</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. arbyreed, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Government fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.

A year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.  Go to full article
Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson in 1918, wearing his Croix de Guerre. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lincoln_Johnson#mediaviewer/File:Henry_Johnson.PNG">Private Needham Roberts</a>, public domain
Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson in 1918, wearing his Croix de Guerre. Photo: Private Needham Roberts, public domain

Schumer pushes Pentagon on Albany WWI hero's behalf

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer has met with a top-ranking Pentagon official in an effort to get a Medal of Honor awarded to a World War I hero from Albany.

The New York Democrat says he met Tuesday with the undersecretary of defense who oversees decisions regarding the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.  Go to full article
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack<br />Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/celtico/4789746688/">mikescottnz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Photo: mikescottnz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit central NY

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is headed to central New York to promote the government's new Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund.

Vilsack and Colorado-based Co-Bank CEO Bob Engel will meet Wednesday with leaders in Bridgeport, New York, to discuss the $10 billion private sector fund announced last week by the White House. They'll discuss how this fund can promote local infrastructure upgrades.  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain
Cooking heroin. Photo: Psychonaught, public domain

Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.

Officials in Franklin County tell local media that the arrests were made this week in the Malone area. Four other suspects are still being sought.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/2181773720/">John</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Photo: John, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.

A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.  Go to full article
Democrat Eric Schneiderman. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/azipaybarah/4984253272">Azi Paybarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Democrat Eric Schneiderman. Azi Paybarah, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Political foe faults NY attorney general's silence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.

John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn't said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/66110858@N06/6155762196/"> pkulapatna</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: pkulapatna, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Preservation efforts discussed for covered bridges

TUNBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) The Vermont town of Tunbridge is trying to come up with ways to protect its five covered bridges.

The bridges were built between 1845 and 1902. The weight limits range from 3 tons to 8 tons. Their heights range from 9-foot-2 to 10-foot-8.  Go to full article

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