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An algae bloom in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4815081929/">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
An algae bloom in Burlington, VT. Photo: Don Shall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How Vermont's trying to help Lake Champlain with new transportation regulations

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers will be examining the effects of new environmental regulations on transportation in the state.

State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say roads and parking lots are contributors to non-wastewater runoff flowing into Lake Champlain, which they say is causing algae blooms, hurting tourism and increasing water treatment costs.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Call for elections for empty NY legislative seats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Advocates who want special elections to be held for 12 vacant seats in the state Legislature say minority communities are being deprived of proper representation.

The New York Voting Rights Consortium is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to order special elections for the vacant seats in the State Assembly and State Senate by April 24.  Go to full article
 A brown trout caught in a Pulaski creek. Photo: Joanna Richards
A brown trout caught in a Pulaski creek. Photo: Joanna Richards

NY trout season starts soon; licenses sold online

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) There's still ice on many of upstate New York's streams and rivers, but trout fishing season is just around the corner.

April 1 is opening day for trout and salmon fishing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says residents of the state can purchase and print a fishing license from their computers by visiting http://licensecenter.ny.gov. Licenses can also be purchased by phone at 866-933-2257. The annual fishing license fee is $25 for state residents, $4 less than last year.  Go to full article
A mastodon skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mammut_americanum.jpg">Ryan Somma</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A mastodon skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo: Ryan Somma, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Mastodon has new home at Cambridge NY school

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) A mastodon that was on display at a New York college for 80 years and in storage for another 20 now has a new home at an upstate school.

Steve Butz, a science teacher at Cambridge High School, says the New York State Museum has permanently loaned parts of the Vassar Mastadon's skeleton to his school.  Go to full article
A CCTA bus in Vermont. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8611378361/sizes/z/in/photolist-e7XyLH-e7XyAg-e7XyX8-8qeXo8-8wwzTL-8wwyyJ-aePwrN-98VAEn-98VAxn-8qi6XW-akb1J4-akb1Qv-98YJrQ-9tLwdH/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A CCTA bus in Vermont. Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Striking Vermont bus drivers said ready to talk

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) Striking bus drivers in Vermont's largest county say they have a proposal and are ready to discuss it with the management of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

A number of the drivers and a Vermont Workers' Center representative made the comments Tuesday to the Burlington Free Press.  Go to full article

Lawmakers ask: Would Vermont be sued over GMO labels?

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont Senate committee is set to address the question of whether Vermont would be sued by biotech or food industries -- and if the state could win -- if it passed a law requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

A bill requiring the labels currently is before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to hear from legal experts about whether a law requiring labeling would withstand a legal challenge.  Go to full article
A Chittenden County Transportation Agency shuttle.  Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8528340792/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Chittenden County Transportation Agency shuttle. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont bus driver union says strike to continue

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Burlington school superintendent says there was an increase in absenteeism and tardiness in the city schools on the first day of a bus strike in Vermont's largest county.

Superintendent Jeanne Collins says most of the increase was among students who receive free and reduced priced lunches.  Go to full article
Ottawa's Queen Street. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40687512@N06/8602753159/in/photolist-e7cmNk-4RhqRo-8cbhCr-dM8pwp-8fj2Wf-6WjSsV-pHdEv-dHDLa4-5Tudcj-6VKi4J-gUpHh-6WbXg5-dHDMSB-btLjoN-dHEnpB-8jRHMx-75TGMh-21tzK-3EVnxG-7mHHtF-4NQnKg-2or4CY-2muQ45-67NYnR-a4yqXm-4M3ZY5-e6TXyq-4xhGfS-aZdPsR-aZdPez-aZdPnR-aZdP3i-5oMGXY-9VZbfN-AZYWX-AZYR2-AZZbK-AZYYy-Bfxfh-AZZag-AZZfa-AZZdZ-AZZcC-Bfxtw-AZYU6-5nRfB-5nQZP-5nRa6-5nR9q-AZYWe-BfxBt">Ian Hunter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ottawa's Queen Street. Photo: Ian Hunter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario would increase penalties for distracted driving

Ontario's proposed new road safety law would impose tougher fines for distracted drivers also calls for new rules to protect cyclists.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray says it would raise fines for motorists who "door" cyclists and calls for a one-metre-wide berth between vehicles and bicycles.  Go to full article
Ferry approaching the dock at Charlotte, VT with the purple Adirondack mountains' majesty in the background. Archive Photo of the Day 12/28/13: Sue Cameron, Lake Placid, NY
Ferry approaching the dock at Charlotte, VT with the purple Adirondack mountains' majesty in the background. Archive Photo of the Day 12/28/13: Sue Cameron, Lake Placid, NY

Lake Champlain ferry fees going up next month

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says fees for crossing between Vermont and New York are going up.

The company announced Monday that the cost for a driver and a vehicle less than 19 feet long will increase to $10 on April 4. Each adult passenger will cost $4.  Go to full article

28 attorneys general want tobacco out of stores

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Attorneys general from 28 states and U.S. territories have written to the chief executives of major U.S. pharmacy chains urging them to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Following the decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco in its stores, the chains Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger are being asked to follow suit.  Go to full article

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