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Tanker flies over East Diamond Lake Highway in south central Oregon with fire retardant in July, 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondot/9317417644/">Oregon Department of Transportation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Tanker flies over East Diamond Lake Highway in south central Oregon with fire retardant in July, 2013. Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY fire crew battles western wildfires

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Firefighting crews from New York and four New England states are in Oregon battling numerous wildfires that have charred more than 600,000 acres.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo dispatched a 20-person firefighting crew on Friday. The team is comprised of specially-trained Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, employees and volunteers, who will be assigned to wildfires for 14 days.  Go to full article

NY man drowns after falling into Sacandaga Lake

PROVIDENCE, N.Y. (AP) The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has drowned after he fell into Sacandaga Lake while docking a pontoon boat.

The sheriff's office says Arthur Merchant of Scotia fell into the water near Pine Tree Hollow Road in the town of Providence around 8:30 Saturday night.  Go to full article
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lafayette-college/4727527815/"> Lafayette College<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: Lafayette College
, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont writer wins National Medal of the Arts

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) Novelist, poet and Middlebury College instructor Julia Alvarez has won a National Medal of the Arts.

Alvarez, who lives in Weybridge, will receive the award along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Monday.  Go to full article

Troopers: Northern NY couple die in murder-suicide

ELLENBURG, N.Y. (AP) State police say autopsies are planned for a Clinton County couple after an apparent murder-suicide.

A concerned relative called troopers Saturday evening to check on the welfare of a resident of Ellenburg in northern Clinton County. Police found 44-year-old Pamela Williamson and 58-year-old Larry Williamson dead.  Go to full article
This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.
This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.

NY to change signs for disabled access

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York's signs showing access points for disabled individuals.

The measure calls for removing the word "handicapped" from replacement or new signs, while using an updated wheelchair logo suggesting mobility, both intended to help remove any stigma attached to the designations.  Go to full article
Camille Mackler, director of legal services for New York Immigration Coalition. Photo: LinkedIn profile
Camille Mackler, director of legal services for New York Immigration Coalition. Photo: LinkedIn profile

Unaccompanied immigrant children reaching NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more expected to reach the state in coming months.

Camille Mackler, director of legal services for the advocacy group, says most are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.  Go to full article
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/6266737728/">The Wild Center</a>, Creative Commons some rights reserved
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: The Wild Center, Creative Commons some rights reserved

NY officials give tips to keep away nuisance bears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid people, but they are notorious for taking advantage of any available food source.  Go to full article

US judge orders new trial for Vermont man on death row

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a new trial for a Vermont man on federal death row for the 2000 killing of a North Clarendon woman abducted outside a Rutland supermarket.

Federal Judge William Sessions III issued the order Thursday on the appeal filed by attorneys for Donald Fell.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/amjs_photos/1267670128/">Axizor</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Axizor, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Moose spotted wandering in Lake George area

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) State wildlife experts say a young moose that has been wandering through populated areas in northeastern New York is likely looking for his own place to hang out.

Ed Reed, a regional wildlife manager, tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls that the male moose may have been pushed out of another territory by an older bull moose. Reed says the young moose apparently is looking for his own territory.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the 1,804th best-paid public worker in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the 1,804th best-paid public worker in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Report: 1,803 public workers paid more than Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year.

The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.  Go to full article

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