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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

Cardinal Dolan lobbies for education tax credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York City's Cardinal Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state will be lobbying in Albany for a tax credit designed to help schools.

Dolan and the bishops are scheduled to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders Tuesday. They are advocating for a new tax credit for charitable donations made for educational purposes.  Go to full article
Anti-NY SAFE Act protest in Albany, February 2013. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamchristiaan/8522089326/">125o4</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Anti-NY SAFE Act protest in Albany, February 2013. Photo: 125o4, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saratoga Co. gun law protestors burn registration forms

WILTON, N.Y. (AP) Protesters at a gun-rights rally in New York have burned assault weapons registration forms to protest the state's 2013 gun law.

The Saratogian reports that dozens of gun owners attending Sunday's rally at the Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge burned New York State Police assault weapons registration forms in a barbecue grill.  Go to full article
Law would protect those wearing attire traditional to their religious practice, such as these Sikh men, from discrimination. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriksimages/7592692048/">Arjen Stilklik </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Law would protect those wearing attire traditional to their religious practice, such as these Sikh men, from discrimination. Photo: Arjen Stilklik , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers seek protections on religious attire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York state lawmakers from Queens are promoting a bill that would protect workers from religious discrimination based on how they dress.

The bill before the state Senate would clarify that attire and facial hair worn in accordance with a worker's religion is protected under human rights law.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand to USDA: Keep County Farm Service Agency offices open

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep open 250 offices nationwide that help farmers. Ten of those offices are in New York state.

Gillibrand said farmers depend on the County Farm Service Agency offices to navigate the USDA's system and sign up for programs.  Go to full article
Boat washing station at Lake George boat launch. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nysdec/8981421492/">NYS DEC</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Boat washing station at Lake George boat launch. Photo: NYS DEC, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Sea Grant wants to hire boat launch stewards

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) New York Sea Grant is looking to hire college and graduate students to serve as Launch Stewards to inspect boats and educate the public about aquatic invasive species this summer.

The stewards will work at boat launches in Cayuga, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and Wayne counties.  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

Vt.'s CCTA bus drivers poised to go on strike

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) It could be a tough commute for people who ride the bus in Vermont's largest county if the drivers of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority go on strike.

The drivers decided last week to strike Monday after they rejected a contract offer.  Go to full article

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