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Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York.

The suits were filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, claiming 70,000 members, and the trustee of the bankrupt Norse Energy.  Go to full article
Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"">.
Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"">.

NY state Sen. Maziarz says he won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A longtime New York state senator says he won't run again amid reports that his office is under investigation by a federal prosecutor.

Sen. George Maziarz (MAZ'-ee-arz) of Niagara County made his announcement late Sunday night, saying he wasn't feeling up to another campaign. The 61-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1995.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: <a href=",_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Atheist to open NY meeting, top court OKed prayers

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) -- An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Dan Courtney says he asked the town of Greece for an opportunity to deliver the "non-theist" message right after the 5-4 decision in May.  Go to full article

22.8 million New Yorkers' personal records exposed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new report shows 22.8 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in a report Tuesday that deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents, which exposed a majority of the records, followed by lost or stolen equipment, insider wrongdoing and inadvertent errors.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: WILPF, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Questionnaire results in on GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont attorney general says a questionnaire has found that most participants think information about genetically engineered food should be placed near the product's nutrition facts label or ingredients list.

The survey was conducted after the legislature passed a law requiring the labelling of genetically modified foods. The law takes effect in mid-2016.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Fried Dough</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Fried Dough, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY seizes 2.5 million contraband cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An effort to crack down on cigarette smuggling in New York state has led to the seizure of nearly $1.7 million in cash and untaxed cigarettes and cigars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the results, which are the culmination of six months of work by the state's new Cigarette Strike Force, a group of investigators from the state's Department of Taxation and Finance.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Dairy Farmers of America ends price suit for $50M

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

A class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 charged Dallas-based Dean Foods, DFA, and the cooperative's marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services, with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast, driving down prices paid to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Highway 401. Photo: <a href="">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Highway 401. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer: highway funding row would delay projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says dozens of highway projects in New York state would be delayed if Congress can't reach an agreement on federal highway funding.

The Democrat said last week that the state would be forced to either put off projects or pay for them without federal assistance if lawmakers don't replenish the federal highway trust fund.  Go to full article

Search to resume for 84-year-old missing hiker

FORESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they'll resume their search for an 84-year-old man who failed to return from a hiking and camping trip in central New York.

State police say Donald Combs of Sauquoit, near Utica, left a note for his family on Thursday saying he was going camping in the town of Forestport, located on the Adirondack Park's southwestern border in northern Oneida County.  Go to full article

5 rescued after boat capsizes near Cape Vincent

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The Coast Guard has rescued five people from the St. Lawrence Seaway near Cape Vincent after their boat hit a large wake and capsized.

Officials say a Coast Guard crew stationed at Alexandria Bay saw the 19-foot boat hit the wake around 9:30 Saturday night, throwing the boaters into the water. None were wearing life jackets.  Go to full article

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