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New York City Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/layant/4175092212/">Pedro Layant</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York City Photo: Pedro Layant, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ravitch to discuss fiscal plight of cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments.

Ravitch is set to deliver a lecture on the fiscal woes of America's municipalities Tuesday afternoon at Albany Law School. The event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperedjane/9528253385">Peppered Jane</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: Peppered Jane, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New NY group to promote Champlain Valley hiking

WESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) A new nonprofit group that has been developing trails in the Champlain region for the past five years is planning an inn-to-inn trekking event to showcase the area.

The organization Champlain Area Trails is hosting an event called the Grand Hike on May 3. Hikers will depart at 9 a.m. from the Westport Hotel in Westport, walk along trails and scenic back roads, and end up at the Essex Inn in Essex.  Go to full article
Spent Grain Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/2306070622">Kelly Teague</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Spent Grain Photo: Kelly Teague, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers up in arms.

Schumer will be at the Rohrbach Brewing Co. brewery in Rochester today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ditch a proposal he says will make it too expensive for brewers to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Rubin_Carter_4.jpg">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: WikiMedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending almost 20 years in a U.S. prison for a triple murder he didn't commit died at his home in Toronto yesterday. He was 76.  Go to full article
Life Jackets Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeline-imagery/262176952">Sean Connors</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Life Jackets Photo: Sean Connors, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont officials remind boaters to stay safe

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials are reminding boaters and anglers to stay safe on the water and wear flotation vests.  Go to full article

NY jobless rate up slightly in March to 6.9 pct.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state labor department says the unemployment rate was up slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 6.8 percent in February.

It says New York City also saw a slight increase to 8 percent from 7.9 percent a month earlier. In March 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent overall and 8.8 percent in New York City.  Go to full article

Lake Luzerne man admits killing wife Christmas Eve

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the Christmas Eve stabbing death of his estranged wife.

In a plea deal that will result in a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison, 47-seven-year-old Clifford Burns of Niskayuna admitted Thursday that he stabbed his 42-year-old wife Patricia in a fit of rage in her Lake Luzerne apartment.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Syracuse mayor resigns as Democratic Party chair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is resigning from her position as co-chair of the state's Democratic Party.

In a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state committee Thursday afternoon Miner says she chose to resign now to give the committee ample time to find a replacement before the November elections.  Go to full article
Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

VERNON, Vt. (AP) The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year.

The zone around the Vernon reactor includes towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Go to full article
The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8397057968/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers are learning of the challenges of meeting the needs of people who are addicted to heroin and other drugs.

Bill Young, the head of the Maple Leaf Farm residential drug and alcohol treatment and recovery center in Underhill, told the Senate Health and Welfare committee Thursday that estimates say 50,000 Vermonters need substance abuse treatment every year and don't get it.  Go to full article

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