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Idling motors waiting to clear customs and the Peace Bridge have a big impact on air quality. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapstickaddict/974237114/">chapstickaddict</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Idling motors waiting to clear customs and the Peace Bridge have a big impact on air quality. Photo: chapstickaddict, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY launches yearlong air study at Peace Bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

The study will monitor seasonal changes in air quality associated in traffic patterns around the bridge.  Go to full article

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) College students from West Africa can expect extra health screenings when they arrive to study in the United States. They're part of plans administrators have made as they try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

With the virus continuing to kill, the expected arrival of as many as 10,0 students from impacted countries has U.S. authorities on alert, but cautioning against alarm.  Go to full article
Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in next month's primary. Photo: public domain
Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in next month's primary. Photo: public domain

NY Times endorses Wu over Cuomo running mate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Times has endorsed Tim Wu for New York lieutenant governor over Kathy Hochul, delivering another snub to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign.

In an endorsement published online Wednesday night, the newspaper's editorial board said Wu offers a "fresh perspective and a new voice." The Columbia University law professor is running alongside liberal gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.  Go to full article
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSED_Building_Night_2.JPG">Matt Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York releases teacher evaluation data

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The results of New York state's mandatory teacher evaluations are in.

Data released by the Education Department Thursday shows that 94 percent of teachers earned a rating of effective or highly effective for the 2012-13 school year.  Go to full article
Bat with white nose syndrome. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/microbeworld/6021646303">Microbe World</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Bat with white nose syndrome. Microbe World, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont getting nearly $43K for bat research

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is getting a federal grant of nearly $43,000 to support bat research and monitoring related to white nose syndrome.

The funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will support conservation and recovery of six cave bat species affected by the deadly fungal disease.  Go to full article
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown in a 2012 commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown in a 2012 commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

Events mark Battle of Plattsburgh's bicentennial

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Two weeks of events will lead up to next month's commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812.

The festivities kick off Friday night with a showing of the silent film "Old Ironsides" at Plattsburgh's Strand Theater.  Go to full article
Gene Tunney (left) and James J. Jeffery in 1927. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6218199222/">Boston Public Library</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Gene Tunney (left) and James J. Jeffery in 1927. Boston Public Library, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack village dedicating park to boxing champ

SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) A village in the Adirondacks is dedicating a new park to Gene Tunney, the Hall of Fame boxer who trained in the North Country before his two epic bouts with Jack Dempsey nearly 90 years ago.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Gene Tunney park will be dedicated Thursday afternoon in Speculator, 67 miles northwest of Albany.  Go to full article
Slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman spent summers in Tupper Lake. Photo: public domain
Slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman spent summers in Tupper Lake. Photo: public domain

Goodman Mountain in Adirondacks gets new trail

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) There is a new path to the summit of Goodman Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The 1.6-mile trail near Tupper Lake was officially opened Tuesday.  Go to full article
The creation of energy plans for NY cities is one measure of of the program. Pictured; Buffalo, NY. <a href=" <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved">John Peircy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The creation of energy plans for NY cities is one measure of of the program. Pictured; Buffalo, NY. Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved">John Peircy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Energy efficiency saves NY state, cities $4M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Energy efficiency programs are leading to big savings for state and local governments in New York state.

The New York Power Authority reported Wednesday that $4 million has been saved in the first six months of 2014 after efficiency programs were implemented at 100 state and municipal facilities.  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

Ag Secretary Vilsack visiting Vermont on Thursday

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Vermont on Thursday to discuss funding related to improving water quality through conservation-related practices on farms.

Vilsack is joining Leahy and others at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on the waterfront in Burlington at 9 a.m.  Go to full article

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