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A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/5261073563">arbyreed</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. arbyreed, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Government fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.

A year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.  Go to full article
Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson in 1918, wearing his Croix de Guerre. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lincoln_Johnson#mediaviewer/File:Henry_Johnson.PNG">Private Needham Roberts</a>, public domain
Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson in 1918, wearing his Croix de Guerre. Photo: Private Needham Roberts, public domain

Schumer pushes Pentagon on Albany WWI hero's behalf

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer has met with a top-ranking Pentagon official in an effort to get a Medal of Honor awarded to a World War I hero from Albany.

The New York Democrat says he met Tuesday with the undersecretary of defense who oversees decisions regarding the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.  Go to full article
Giant Hogweed. Photo: NYS DEC
Giant Hogweed. Photo: NYS DEC

DEC: report, don't touch toxic giant hogweed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which can cause blistering and blindness.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing its ongoing efforts to control invasive giant hogweed plants across the state. It's reminding residents to look out for the plant and report any new locations.  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8936100840/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo considering trip to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering a visit to Israel, despite that nation's ongoing conflict with the militant group Hamas in Gaza.

The Democratic governor told reporters on Monday that he is discussing a possible trip to Israel. He says a visit would highlight the special relationship between Israel and the state of New York, which is home to many of the nation's Jewish people.  Go to full article

Clinton County couple's deaths ruled a murder-suicide

ELLENBURG, N.Y. (AP) State police say autopsies have confirmed that a northern New York man fatally shot his wife, then committed suicide by turning the weapon on himself.

Troopers say they received a request last Saturday to check on the welfare of a couple at a home in the Clinton County town of Ellenburg, near the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/66110858@N06/6155762196/"> pkulapatna</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: pkulapatna, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Preservation efforts discussed for covered bridges

TUNBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) The Vermont town of Tunbridge is trying to come up with ways to protect its five covered bridges.

The bridges were built between 1845 and 1902. The weight limits range from 3 tons to 8 tons. Their heights range from 9-foot-2 to 10-foot-8.  Go to full article
Democrat Eric Schneiderman. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/azipaybarah/4984253272">Azi Paybarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Democrat Eric Schneiderman. Azi Paybarah, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Political foe faults NY attorney general's silence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.

John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn't said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/2181773720/">John</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Photo: John, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.

A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.  Go to full article
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

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