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Zephyr Teachout. Photo: <a href="">zephyrforgov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: zephyrforgov, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachout a hit among fracking opponents

Law professor Zephyr Teachout's campaign for governor survived a court challenge yesterday. That clears the way for Teachout's own challenge: to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary.

A New York judge dismissed a suit brought by Cuomo supporters who argued that Teachout didn't meet the state's 5-year residency requirement to run.

The Fordham University professor spent last weekend rallying liberal voters against the governor. At a rally in Cooperstown where she said, if elected, she'd ban hydrofracking her first day in office.  Go to full article
Vegetable farmer, and new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball
Vegetable farmer, and new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball

Farmers fear food safety rules too costly

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA wants to reduce the number of people getting sick from things like spinach, cilantro, or peanuts contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The FDA asked for comments on the rules this year. Thousands of Upstate New York farmers responded. Many of them criticized the rules, saying they could spoil their livelihood. The FDA recently announced it's responding to the objections.  Go to full article

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