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Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont 7th state to outlaw car smoking with kids

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

The law that took effect Tuesday also bans smoking on all state property, in hotel rooms, and on the property of hospitals or secure residential recovery facilities owned or operated by the state.  Go to full article
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/3939455673/">Bobby Hidy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: Bobby Hidy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US officials: be ready for busy border crossings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Customs officials are advising holiday travelers to prepare for busy border crossings this holiday week.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency suggests that travelers prepare for inspection before arriving at the customs booth by having documents ready, rolling down windows and ending cell phone calls.  Go to full article

Telecommunications firm to launch rural networks

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) The telecommunications company VTel is marking the launch of a statewide high-speed communications network that will serve rural Vermont.

The Tuesday event will mark the launch of the company's wireless network that will reach more than 20,000 homes and businesses. Over the next year additional towers will be brought online every week.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone syringe. Photo: Intropin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont evaluating heroin antidote use at 6 months

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Health Department statistics show that overdose antidote kits for heroin and other opiate drugs distributed to the general public were used 38 times to treat overdoses during the first six months of a pilot program.

Of the total, the antidote was used 34 times to treat heroin overdoses.  Go to full article
University of Rochester. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmcbean/339410881/">Nate McBean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
University of Rochester. Photo: Nate McBean, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds.

The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hudson Valley groups ask NY state about oil trains

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) Two environmental groups is asking New York state to reveal details about rail shipments of crude oil through the Hudson Valley.

The Times-Herald Record of Middletown reports that Earthjustice and Hudson Riverkeeper want to know more about the controversial trains. The paper says Earthjustice attorney Chris Amato filed a Freedom of Information Law request last week seeking records CSX Corp. submitted to the state about its crude-oil shipments.  Go to full article
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
Glens Falls Civic Center, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbritt00/14041745203/">Matthew D. Britt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Glens Falls Civic Center, Photo: Matthew D. Britt, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Glens Falls to auction civic center

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) The city-owned Glens Falls Civic Center is going on the auction block.

Mayor Jack Diamond says the arena has been operating at a loss since it was built in 1979. He says there's a projected shortfall of $900,000 this year based on events booked so far.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/flowector/3452703868/">Mediajon</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mediajon, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Leahy to hold hearing in Vermont on net neutrality

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to convene a hearing in Vermont to gather opinions from residents on a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay more.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at the University of Vermont.  Go to full article
Mosquito bite, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agder/2783124139/">dr_relling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mosquito bite, Photo: dr_relling, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile Virus.

The state's Department of Health says the virus was confirmed in a mosquito sample from Rockland County last week.  Go to full article

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