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10th Mountain Division soldier Specialist Kerry Danyluk died of wounds sustained in a firefight in Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Army.
10th Mountain Division soldier Specialist Kerry Danyluk died of wounds sustained in a firefight in Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Army.

Flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor of a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday says the flags will be lowered Thursday.

The Defense Department said Specialist Kerry Danyluk of Cuero, Texas, was injured on April 12 and died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on April 15.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.
Photo: Chris Barker, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

Chobani secures $750M investment from TPG

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (AP) Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth.

The privately-held food company said Wednesday that as part of the deal, TPG will have representation on the company's board. Additionally, Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya will serve as its chairman.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielleellis55/13295727434/in/photolist-mfU5xU-mfS6bc-cenaT-Jyndv-4PsCEL-4KNJ9Q-65SpkG-5DbZz4-aDrE9x-aqV1pK-5SviVC-5xG6CF-gpwP73-j2iq6X-65G8XH-jFr6Gt-jFrmQz-jFrE2D-jFsgDv-jFsrcr-jFstic-jFsKi8-jFsKUM-jFsNXk-jFt4zt-jFtoD8-jFtp3W-jFtsqN-jFtvXg-jFtEgG-jFtHrE-jFtW9o-jFtYZJ-jFuhsb-jFunvA-jFuxkq-jFuRzw-jFvoAj-jFvV33-jFso6B-jFsPje-jFsRtp-jFsZkX-jFu469-jFu6w1-jFujoU-jFuAbW-jFv1au-jFvbsy-jFvoMJ">Danielle Sprags</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Danielle Sprags, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.

The bipartisan Senate task force was created to study the problem of opiate abuse and recommend better treatment and prevention programs.  Go to full article
Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nengard/8560714678/">Nicole C. Engard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT. Photo: Nicole C. Engard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Burlington library to put locks on restrooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The public library in the Vermont city of Burlington plans to put locks on its public restrooms to keep people from clogging the toilets with hypodermic needles and other drug material.

The head librarian at Fletcher Free Library says they hope to have the locks in place by the end of the week.  Go to full article
Master grower Ryan Douglas checks out the plants in a legal marijuana growing operation in Ontario. Photo: Sarah Harris
Master grower Ryan Douglas checks out the plants in a legal marijuana growing operation in Ontario. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bill in Vermont House would study legalizing pot

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is slated to take a final vote on passage of a measure calling for a study of potential tax revenues and other impacts from legalizing marijuana.

That provision was added to a bill Wednesday calling for adjustments to an existing state law allowing some sick Vermonters to use marijuana for relief of their symptoms.  Go to full article
Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/5047775028/in/photolist-8G4aDW-68z65j-bDK9j2-9qLejf-btAfzh-ce1zFY-i3yjLF-9jZdPE-bWDe2p-9Afi1R-bpCdYg-7o6dS6-dfRZC4-68uRnt-6xC126-9g4wWF-dq1yie-6fWbN8-i77Yht-i77vRW-2YJgc8-i3yxGG-i77rKh-i3z6RZ-i77XKX-i3yjBx-i3yyom-i3yxt3-a4agHd-i3yjjZ-dn2KR8-8Qi1rK-auMGu9-8Qi3ve-8Qi2YV-i77njV-ce1CA7-8uYmYu-bWDhaH-8FZUEX-ce1Ckj-bWDkNM-bWDhBD-eib12A-4Uk3iz-dLBLen-eFD6RQ-4Upafs-4UpdBW-dpYzPi">Ed Schipul</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Photo: Ed Schipul, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Texas Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo on business

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry is countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New York, a tactic he's tried from coast to coast.

Perry, a Republican, is slated to be in New York City on Wednesday to meet business owners to convince them to move their operations to Texas, where he says the business climate is friendlier.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/3225245292/in/photolist-5V1e4s-9i1D86-Ed9MC-84614W-f6NHcS-66hAam-tybg-3nvwXS-k77QrJ-aPhYw4-9n38eb-9dAw36-4R55AP-7RDhDD-2t83YN-divk2t-dKE4HZ-eev4K2-fxH1rN-fxsH8P-7z9zqD-7ekpUg-5V1evN-cnAmTW-4PqVch-8YxX5e-ejoQwP-7zttme-7BMUEp-ajPbFj-k75W98-cXeWbG-85urbN-iLG2T4-9mZ55K-5UVQZx-8Fd3m2-9ictKZ-9TyBCX-PMwUG-aaTq3G-6KTHgW-L5Zdh-aQW9sV-adQpoC-4LnsBp-4KC4Ym-aWftTH-7HDN4H-cJ5g3s">Andrew Magill</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Andrew Magill, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fire companies in NY seek volunteers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fire departments from around New York state are opening their doors this weekend as they look for new volunteer members.

The open houses on Saturday and Sunday are part of the fourth annual Recruit-New York campaign. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York says fire companies need more volunteers since membership has fallen off in recent years.  Go to full article
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3054923942/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Caesars enters New York casino competition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Caesars Entertainment is vying to build a casino 50 miles north of New York City.

A Caesars spokesman said Tuesday the Las Vegas-based company has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee for a proposed $750 million complex in Woodbury.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont and then send it on to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Three House committees reviewed and endorsed a Senate-passed version of the bill, so passage is expected without having to take the measure to a conference committee.  Go to full article
Highway 401. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/4756260863/in/photolist-5s2k16-8E143F-8fi5DD-6JryRg-9TCRcs-5c7SAK-dwaGc-5Adove-8fpYtJ-6ZucYk-5wUZ9f-5zYqyR-6xfAJB-7PAHC6-5xXrNo-854zjM-4Mg1Wo-9qvPf3-a5nErU-6iJc73-9usFFV-9uvHvC-9usFZn-miWRA7-9BL43Z-5AyvFs-iBoWPJ-98b8hq-79XpY7-8Tax7H-6AvLCo-6NJBru-9Co5pV-4Mg2co-6Hb3Pp-fQs5ch-7vGgWd-fQasPV-9af6c-fQarJz-fQavaH-fQs2m9-5QA6BN-6zUQaS-8TaoJ4-6SVPLo-8Tavvc-adW2X-6NJHCd-8TdCoA">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Highway 401. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Highway 401 to close for 12 hours

ONTARIO A section of Highway 401 will be completely shut down this weekend for 12 hours.

The stretch of highway from Cornwall to Lancaster will be closed to traffic starting at 8 pm Saturday night.  Go to full article

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