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A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfullshots/495436157/">Soulfull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: Soulfull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo expected to sign tougher drunken driving law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign an amendment to New York's laws against drunken driving that would turn three DWI-related offenses within 15 years into a felony.

Possible penalties for the felony are up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Go to full article
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/3939455673/">Bobby Hidy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: Bobby Hidy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Canadian border crossings could see busy weekend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Customs officials are telling travelers to brace for the possibility of busy border crossings into Canada this weekend.

Monday is the civic holiday in Canada often called "Provincial Day." That can mean more Canadian travelers taking advantage of the long weekend by crossing the border at western and northern New York crossings.  Go to full article
Photo: Brad Miller
Photo: Brad Miller

NY Antique Boat Museum holds its 50th annual show

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) The Antique Boat Museum on the St. Lawrence River is holding its 50th annual show and auction this weekend.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the museum's first boat show in 1965 featured 18 antique boats and a small exhibition. Up to 125 antique boats are expected to take part in this weekend's festivities at the museum in Clayton, in the Thousand Islands region along the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Donald Trump at a press conference in 2008. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donald_Trump_announcing_latest_David_Blaine_feat_3.jpg">David Shankbone</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Donald Trump at a press conference in 2008. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Donald Trump's attorney has confirmed the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills.

A person close to the process confirmed Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula also have been selected by Morgan Stanley, a firm overseeing the sale for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale process is supposed to be private.  Go to full article

Burlington health center getting $250K in funding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont organization is getting $250,000 in Affordable Care Act funding to establish or expand behavioral health services for 461 people.

The Community Health Center of Burlington is receiving the funding.  Go to full article
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
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended again on crude oil project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have again extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until Sept. 30 because of broad public interest. It had been set to expire Aug. 1, after a previous 60-day extension.  Go to full article
Chaplain prepares for a soldiers' memorial service in the Main Post Chapel at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army
Chaplain prepares for a soldiers' memorial service in the Main Post Chapel at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army

Fort Drum chapel rededicated after $7M renovation

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The main chapel at Fort Drum in northern New York has a new look after a $7 million renovation project.

The newly renovated Main Post Chapel will be rededicated during a ceremony Thursday.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.

Right now it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running. Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.  Go to full article

NY public defender challenges 1995 kidnap verdict

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) A federal public defender has filed papers seeking the overturn of a 1995 kidnapping conviction in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old convenience store clerk.

Lisa Peebles filed the papers Wednesday in Oswego County Court.  Go to full article

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