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Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premshree/2535275511/">Premshree Pillai</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: Premshree Pillai, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Customs: possible traffic delays at Quebec border

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say there could be traffic delays at the Vermont-Canadian border during Quebec's two-week "Construction Holiday."

The annual holiday from July 20 through Aug. 2 could cause increased traffic since many residents from Quebec, including those not in the construction industry, go on vacation during this time.  Go to full article
US Senator Charles Schumer.
US Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer: Let pharmacies fill pet prescriptions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary pharmacies.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he's working with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on legislation that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions to allow owners to buy the medication at a pharmacy or online.  Go to full article
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Vermont_State_House.jpg">GearedBull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: GearedBull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bats in the State House? No problem for Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont's grand State House, and nobody seems to mind.

In fact, the furry, flying bug-eaters are welcomed back each summer almost like old friends. They add a rustic touch to the 155-year-old, gold-domed building.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarki982/6997264737/"> Steve Sarkisian</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Steve Sarkisian, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Meetings planned on Lake Champlain waterfowl

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The status of waterfowl populations and hunting seasons on and along Lake Champlain will be discussed at two publics meetings next month in Vermont and New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold its meeting on Aug. 5 at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department meeting takes place the following day, Aug. 6, in Essex at Memorial Hall. Both meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Go to full article
More than 50 people were reported to be on the bus. The number and extent of injuries is unclear, but one fatality has been confirmed.

2nd update: Fatal bus crash on Adirondack Northway

State police say a bus has rolled over on the in the northbound lane of the Northway in the Adirondacks just after 8 am Friday.

According to a statement issued a short time ago, New York State Police remain on the scene of a commercial bus rollover on I-87 in North Hudson in Essex County.

"The bus was traveling south on I-87 from Quebec City to New York City," according to police, "when it veered off the shoulder of the highway and into the median..."

Don Jaquish, emergency services director for Essex County, has confirmed to North Country Public Radio that there is one fatality, along with a "a few serious injuries."

There's no word yet on what caused the accident, though Jaquish says a "reconstruction team is on the scene."

State police say a total of 56 people were aboard the bus.

"Several others are being treated for mostly minor injuries at three area hospitals," they report.

Glens Falls Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital have all helped care for the injured.

Motorists traveling in the area of the accident should expect long delays. The passing lanes both north and sound bound are closed.

"Traffic is slowed and heavy," he said, noting that travelers in the area should expect delays.

Several area fire departments and the Essex County Sheriff's Office are assisting at the scene, according to police.

DEVELOPING...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/dankdepot/5500915851/">Dank Depot</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Dank Depot, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Move over, pot brownies.
The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry. Cookbooks, classes and vendors are spreading information on ways to make candies, infused olive oils and more.  Go to full article

NYC forms task force on aiding child migrants

NEW YORK (AP) New York City has formed a task force in response to the growing number of Central American child migrants who've arrived in the city in recent months.

The city's commissioner for immigrant affairs told The New York Times her office was leading a newly formed interagency working group on how best to assist the young migrants.  Go to full article
Kids completing after-school crafts. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usagrc/6958610188/">US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Kids completing after-school crafts. Photo: US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY awards $11M to 68 after-school programs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sixty-eight after-school programs around New York state are set to get nearly $11 million in new funds from the state and federal government.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the grants Thursday. The programs that received the grants provide three hours of after-school education, recreation and cultural opportunities to some 8,000 students.  Go to full article
F-16 in flight. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1114903725">Lockheed Martin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-16 in flight. Photo: Lockheed Martin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

6 F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8.

The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the aircraft.  Go to full article
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_commander#mediaviewer/File:Air_Sweden_IAI_1124.jpg">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.Felix Goetting, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport and is believed to have crashed in Lake Champlain.

New York and Vermont state police will be putting divers and high-resolution sonar into the lake starting Friday to search for any sign of the 10-seat Jet Commander that disappeared on the snowy night of Jan. 27, 1971 during a flight from Burlington, Vermont, to Providence, Rhode Island.  Go to full article

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