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Museum at Bethel Woods, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/13111644@N00/9788530985/">Steve Brown</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Museum at Bethel Woods, Photo: Steve Brown, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Museum at Woodstock site focusing on the Beatles

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) The upstate New York museum at the site of the original Woodstock concert is focusing on the Beatles this summer.

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County says it is joining with the National Council for the Social Studies to present a series of workshops that will focus on the Beatles and the band's impact.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebayink/6816581064">ebayink</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote. Photo: ebayink, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Senator Gillbrand: Expand online voter registration access

NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote.

The New York Democrat is announcing legislation Sunday that would force the 23 states that don't have an online registration system to establish one.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/60588258@N00/3293465641/">Brian Turner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Brian Turner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers approve adding 25 family court judges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) While the current state budget funds 20 more family court judges statewide, intended to help ease crowded dockets, legislators have approved 25 new judgeships.

Most would take office next year, following upstate elections in November.  Go to full article
Larger, heavier "UTVs" increase trail erosion, the Adirondack Council says. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmysmith/6780565430/">Jimmy Smith</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Larger, heavier "UTVs" increase trail erosion, the Adirondack Council says. Photo: Jimmy Smith, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bill allowing larger ATVs on NY trails is rejected

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental groups are pleased that state lawmakers have rejected a proposal to allow larger off-road vehicles on New York's public trails.

Sponsors of the bill said raising the weight limit of ATVs from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds would put safer, slower machines on trails and roads and provide more people with access to public land. But environmental groups said it would cause more erosion and pollution.  Go to full article
Photo: US National Park Service
Photo: US National Park Service

NY proposes plan for North Country Scenic Trail

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a plan for the Adirondack segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

In March 1980, federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail as a component of the National Trails System. To date, Congress has authorized the establishment of eight National Scenic Trails, which are patterned after the Appalachian Trail.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mackvilleroad/4160483304/">Diane</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Diane, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont promotes state's Abenaki heritage

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is promoting the state's Abenaki heritage.

This summer the Department of Tourism and Marketing is working with Abenaki tribes to help people learn about the first people to live in what is now Vermont.  Go to full article
Yogurt, Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91499534@N00/">ehpien</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Yogurt, Photo: ehpien, CC some rights reserved

NY yogurt makers picked for school lunch program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) School children in seven states will be eating New York yogurt this fall under a school lunch program operated by the federal government.

U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced that Chobani and Upstate Niagara won a bid to supply yogurt for the program.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/64072859@N02/6054602708">Capt. Kris Kelley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Capt. Kris Kelley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York releases tentative bird hunting seasons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state environmental officials have released tentative fall hunting season dates for ducks and other migratory game birds.

Department of Environmental Conservation officials say they're releasing the tentative schedule for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails to give hunters time to plan in advance.  Go to full article
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Lawmakers OK Common Core teacher safety net

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Low-rated teachers in New York won't be at risk of losing their jobs based simply on student performance on the new Common Core tests--at least for a few years--under legislation passed by lawmakers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill aims to prevent teachers deemed "ineffective" or "developing" from facing termination or a denial of tenure based solely on student test scores.  Go to full article
33,000 fans pack the Carrier Dome for an SU game. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamurray5/5378719050/">Theresa Murray</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
33,000 fans pack the Carrier Dome for an SU game. Photo: Theresa Murray, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse hoops topped nation in 2013-14 attendance

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is back as the No.1 draw in college basketball.

NCAA figures released recently show that Syracuse averaged 26,253 fans for its 18 home games at the Carrier Dome in 2013-14, the team's first as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference  Go to full article

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