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Wall of sand bags protecting the Montpelier post office during flooding in 2011. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/happenstancephotos/5886981776/">Cody and Maureen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wall of sand bags protecting the Montpelier post office during flooding in 2011. Photo: Cody and Maureen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Small businesses can seek loans for May flooding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Eligible Vermont small businesses have until July 21 to file for federal disaster loans for losses from the excessive rain and flooding in May.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says federal economic injury disaster loans are available to businesses and nonprofits in all 14 counties.  Go to full article
Floreclosure on home, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/basicgov/3993310255/">BasicGov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Floreclosure on home, Photo: BasicGov, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY loans to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has announced a new small loan program intended to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Eric Schneiderman announced the new program on Thursday. Called the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program, the initiative is starting on Long Island this September before being opened up to the entire state in October.  Go to full article
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Lake Placid to host international luge conference

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) The International Luge Federation will host its annual congress in Lake Placid in 2016.

State Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Luge officials secured the 64th congress during the federation's recent meeting in Innsbruck, Austria.  Go to full article

NY ups spending for disabled outside institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal statistics show New York has stepped up spending to give the disabled a choice to live outside institutions since a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision said unnecessarily segregating people in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounted to discrimination.  Go to full article
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright#mediaviewer/File:Frank_Lloyd_Wright_portrait.jpg">Al Ravenna</a>, public domain
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Al Ravenna, public domain

Transportation museum builds Wright gas station

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A New York auto museum is ready to take the wraps off a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station that never made it off the drawing board during the architect's lifetime.

The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum will open the filling station on Friday, more than 11 years after acquiring the 1927 plans from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Go to full article
Under Vermont's smoking ban, smoking will be prohibited in cars carrying children younger than 8. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Under Vermont's smoking ban, smoking will be prohibited in cars carrying children younger than 8. Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont set to ban smoking in cars with kids

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is poised to become the seventh state to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen is going to highlight the new law Friday in Burlington.  Go to full article

Advocates fear new rules could hamper Medicaid

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Some Vermont legal advocates say they are worried that new health care rules will make some people ineligible for long-term care Medicaid.

State officials say that the eligibility requirements are more streamlined but have not changed in law or practice.  Go to full article

Heavy rains flood Albany area

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Heavy rain caused local flooding in the Albany area and one small Hudson River city declared a state of emergency.

Mechanicville in Saratoga County declared the emergency Wednesday night after a one-two punch of roughly three inches of rain and a water main break. Drivers are asked to avoid city roads until 10 a.m. Thursday and residents are being advised to boil their water.  Go to full article
Starting a chainsaw bear sculpture. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ekilby/6965820737/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Starting a chainsaw bear sculpture. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

A man, a plan, a log, a chainsaw: bear sculptures

SALISBURY, N.Y. (AP) Rembrandt worked in oils. Michelangelo carved marble. Mark Tyoe chainsaws big tree trunks.

Tyoe carves soaring eagles, grizzled mountain men and wolves from white pine. But he mostly carves bears, his specialty. Tyoe earns a living turning big logs into improbably fluid sculptures at his home just south of the Adirondack Mountains with nothing more than buzzing chainsaws.  Go to full article

$13.8M in grants to protect soil, water on farms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 200 farms across New York will be aided by $13.8 million in state grants designed to protect soil and water.

The competitive grants from the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets and Soil and Water Conservation Committee went to 32 county soil and water conservation districts statewide.  Go to full article

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