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NY Assembly passes fracking ban; Senate hopes dim

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that's as far as the bill is likely to go.

Monday's 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be largely symbolic, since the Senate isn't expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont governor to attend regional drug meeting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to be in Massachusetts to meet with most other New England governors to map out a regional response to the growing problem of opioid drug abuse.

Shumlin is planning to attend the Tuesday meeting at Brandeis University in Waltham hosted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.  Go to full article
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenmelkisethian/11227303746/">Stephen Melkisethian</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Stephen Melkisethian, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fast-food workers to push for raise at NY Capitol

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York are heading to the state Capitol to pressure lawmakers to approve an increase in the minimum wage.

Supporters want lawmakers to raise the wage from $8 an hour to $10.10, allow New York City and other communities to raise the wage as high as $13.13, and make future increases automatic, based on inflation.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature's last week: min. wage, medical pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The fate of medical marijuana, a higher minimum wage and efforts to combat heroin addiction are set to be decided as New York lawmakers enter their final week of work during this year's regular session.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

US Sen. Schumer wants tighter trucking regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is launching a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.  Go to full article
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris

2014 projected to be record year for milk prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont dairy farmers were paid a record high price for their milk in April and prices remain strong, driven in part by international demand for U.S. dairy products. The extra income is allowing farmers to pay off debt, repair equipment and make other investments, following challenging years in 2012 and 2009.  Go to full article
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSED_Building_Night_2.JPG">Matt Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Poll: New Yorkers say Common Core rollout rushed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new poll finds a majority of upstate New Yorkers believe the state's rollout of new Common Core education standards have been rushed, leading to widespread confusion.

The Times Union/Siena Research Institute poll released Sunday finds 82 percent of those polled agreed the implementation had been rushed, while 14 percent disagreed.  Go to full article
Start of Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race in 2012. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/activesteve/7437445966">Active Steve</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Start of Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race in 2012. Photo: Active Steve, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bike race at Whiteface unaffected by construction

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) The 13th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race is still on despite construction on the Veterans' Memorial Highway.
Race officials say the course is unaffected for next Saturday's 11-mile race.  Go to full article

Human trafficking bill caught up in legislative standoff

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Unless one side budges, a bill to combat human trafficking could again become a casualty to a standoff in the New York Legislature.

The legislation to increase penalties for sex traffickers passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday.  Go to full article
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premierphotos/8696092534/">Premier of Ontario Photography</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario Liberals win majority, Tory leader will step down

The Ontario Liberals won a majority and the Progressive Conservatives lost a leader in yesterday's election.

Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals picked up an extra 11 seats for a total of 59 in sweeping past Tim Hudak and his PC party, which dropped 10 seats to finish with 27. Hudak said he would step down once a new party leader is chosen.  Go to full article

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