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Spotted wing fruit fly, <em>Drosophila suzukii</em>. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/31031835@N08/9902714764/">John Tann</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Spotted wing fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii. Photo: John Tann, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Invasive Asian fruit fly devastates Northeast berry crops

A new invasive insect that devastates berry crops threatens millions of dollars worth of the fall harvest in the northeast. It's called the Asian spotted wing fruit fly, and it was found in the North Country late last month.

In a press release, Paul Hetzler, of the Canton office of Cornell Cooperative Extension, says a female fruit fly was caught in a monitoring trap near Canton on August 25.  Go to full article
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kb35/1368677930">Kevin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Kevin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Troopers, OPP urge drivers to watch for school buses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With children heading back to school this week, state police are urging New Yorkers to support the AAA's annual "School's Open_Drive Carefully" campaign.

The campaign alerts motorists to the risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.  Go to full article
Apples at the Rochester Public Market. Photo by Kate O'Connell
Apples at the Rochester Public Market. Photo by Kate O'Connell

NY apple growers expect above-average harvest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman tells The Saratogian that growers in the state are expected to harvest more than 30 million bushels this fall. Last year, they picked a record 32 million bushels. The average is around 29 million bushels.  Go to full article

Pickup truck crashes in Saranac Lake; driver dies

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Police say a man in his 60s has died after suffering a medical condition while driving his pickup truck in the village of Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake Police Sgt. Geoff Carmichael tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the man's GMC Sierra crashed into a stone wall on Broadway in the village on Monday morning.  Go to full article
Photo: Lizette Haenel
Photo: Lizette Haenel

5 things to know about New York's election season

Here are some key things to watch as New York's election season unfolds:  Go to full article
Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4865659615">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: Don Shall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York residents challenged to eat local

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being challenged to eat local in September.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is launching its fifth annual month-long Locavore Challenge on Monday.  Go to full article

Utility and national company to talk energy

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) Officials from Vermont's largest utility and a national renewable energy company are going to announce plans for a project that they say would make the state as a leader in the movement toward cost-effective sustainable energy solutions.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, officials from Green Mountain Power and NRG Energy will be making the announcement on Tuesday in Essex.  Go to full article
Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Photo: Christine K, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Photo: Christine K, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Scale will matter for success of New York casinos

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders are proposing upstate casino projects. Developers say they've carefully studied the local market to ensure they don't overbuild.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Report faults New York's anti-smoking plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking.

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.  Go to full article

Man, 21, dies in Jefferson County ATV crash

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (AP) State police say a 21-year-old man has died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle in northern New York.

Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson County town of Philadelphia, troopers say 21-year-old Brandon Hagan of Plessis failed to negotiate a curve on Sandy Hollow Road.  Go to full article

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