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11 whooping cough cases reported in Windham County

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department says 11 whooping cough cases were reported in Windham County in June and so far this month there have been five suspected cases.

Of the 11 confirmed cases, 10 people have been vaccinated against whooping cough. Officials don't know the vaccination status of the other case.  Go to full article
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192/">Keith Cooper</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: Keith Cooper, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY public authorities' spending rises $1.5B

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report shows New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year, up $1.5 billion over 2012.

The state Authorities Budget Office says the spending has risen 17.6 percent since 2009 while staffing has declined by more than 2,800 over those five years.  Go to full article
Vermont utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyldkyss/5573741067/">Kristin Brenemen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. Photo: Kristin Brenemen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Storms cause power outages in Vermont

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) A storm with high winds moving across Vermont has knocked down trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service says Tuesday's storm caused mostly wind damage although there was heavy rainfall at times.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/38983646@N06/6095398568/">Putneypics</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US EPA uses Vermont flood planning to help others

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

In a report and checklist released Tuesday, the EPA released details of planning for floods being done in the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown. The checklist offers steps communities can take to prepare for flooding.  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

New York casino applicants promise economic boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop resorts.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday released the executive summaries that were submitted with the 17 casino applications last week. The documents summarize the selling points of each proposal.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Shumlin celebrates veterans laws

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Shumlin made the remarks Tuesday at a celebration of laws for veterans.  Go to full article

Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in.

Police say Willy B. Levitt of Hardwick was issued a citation Tuesday to appear in court July 22 on a charge of simple assault.  Go to full article

Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.

A spokesman for the Madison County emergency management office says the deaths were reported Tuesday evening in Smithfield, located between Syracuse and Utica. No details were immediately available.  Go to full article
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ingveeh/14190930571/">Yngve Roennike</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: Yngve Roennike, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.  Go to full article

New York arts council launches online survey

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Do you take part in cultural events? Are they important to you?

The New York State Council on the Arts wants to know.

The council this week posted an online survey to help guide its plans and priorities over the next several years.

Survey takers are asked questions about the sort of arts, cultural and heritage events they attend and take part in. The survey is accessible through the state council's web site and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will be available to the public through Aug. 4.  Go to full article

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