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Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Nicole Vaisey will be in court on Thursday. Her lawyer says she's a victim of an abusive relationship with 39-year-old Stephen Howells Jr.

Howells waived his right to a similar hearing. His case will go to a grand jury in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone syringe. Photo: Intropin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police at 12 SUNY colleges to get heroin antidote

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420482378/">zephyrforgov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: zephyrforgov, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachout again survives NY residency challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.

A four-judge panel on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.  Go to full article

New York State Fair opens today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes open at 8 a.m. Thursday.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

100 gallons of oil spill at Port of Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's environmental agency is investigating a 100-gallon oil spill at the Port of Albany but officials say there's no risk of contamination to the Hudson River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews responded to the 10-foot diameter spill at the Global Partners terminal after it was reported Wednesday. Clean-up work was expected to be completed Wednesday evening.  Go to full article
Skiing at Killington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlaurente/79704493/">Robert Laurente</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Skiing at Killington. Photo: Robert Laurente, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Snow gun exchange program to help energy costs

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Ski resorts in Vermont are upgrading their snowmaking equipment with help from a statewide energy efficiency program.

Efficiency Vermont is offering rebates from $500 to up to $4,000 in a snow gun exchange program.  Go to full article
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nysendems/5690823610/">NYSenDems</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: NYSenDems, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group challenges New York redistricting plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog group is challenging the wording of a ballot question on redistricting, saying the referendum on this fall's ballot is deceptive.  Go to full article
Field medical exercise at Fort Drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/8612345651"</a>U.S. Army</a>
Field medical exercise at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army

Fort Drum, 2 counties holding emergency exercise

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Military officials at Fort Drum say the Army's 10th Mountain Division and local emergency response agencies will be conducting a mass casualty exercise.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkinmartin/467951184/">Scott Kinmartin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved<br />
Photo: Scott Kinmartin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

AP source: Bills bids to be submitted in 2 weeks

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/itait/6443102499/">Taiter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Taiter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Craft beer research will be brewing at Hartwick

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) Hartwick College is getting government help to develop a lab designed to support the local craft brewing industry.  Go to full article

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