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F-15 Jet. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usairforce/5081385740/">US Air Force</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-15 Jet. Photo: US Air Force, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Air defense drill for 4 Northeastern states

ROME, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit will be conducting an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.

Officials say the exercise will be conducted from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise is being run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Opponents petition regulators against pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) About 40 protesters have converged on the building that houses the Vermont Public Service Board to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion underway in western Vermont.

Anti-pipeline activists staged a "fish-in"--complete with poles, a canoe and a petition with 500 signatures on Tuesday afternoon to protest what they're calling a bait and switch by project developer Vermont Gas.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/87007001@N04/13017908873/">Shaun Fisher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Shaun Fisher, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

NY adding cameras for drivers running red lights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.

Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019.  Go to full article
Albany International Airport. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/b_whitford/4511665963">Barbara Whitford</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany International Airport. Photo: Barbara Whitford, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany airport to get nearly $4 million upgrade

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany International Airport is getting nearly $4 million in federal money for runway repaving and other upgrades.

The Department of Transportation award was announced Tuesday by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko.  Go to full article
Graphic: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/76344025@N08/6996008403">thetaufan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Graphic: thetaufan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

NY agencies collecting more gender data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.  Go to full article
The Pine Bush area. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarthur/11309604054/">Andy Arthur</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Pine Bush area. Photo: Andy Arthur, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's Pine Bush named national landmark

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The National Park Service has designated the Albany Pine Bush a national natural landmark as an outstanding example of a globally rare ecosystem.

The sandy region of pitch pines and scrub oaks along the Thruway west of Albany joins 596 other sites across the country recognized as natural landmarks.  Go to full article
On Camelot Island. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightlounge/157504297/">Jason Roberts</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
On Camelot Island. Photo: Jason Roberts, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousand Islands controlled burn will protect rare pitch pines

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. - Parks Canada is to start a controlled blaze today in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help protect rare fire-dependent species. It says a 16-member team will descend on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees.

The fire will help them regenerate and open the canopy, giving more light for seedlings to grow. The federal agency says years of fire suppression has upset the balance of natural and essential processes needed to support healthy mixed forests in the park.  Go to full article
Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch
Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch

Vermont loon count gauging health of bird

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.

On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.  Go to full article
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters

Recreational projects funded for Adirondacks

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for several projects to expand and improve outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Indian Lake will receive $750,000 to repair and upgrade the Lake Abanakee Dam on the Indian River to bring the dam into compliance with state dam safety regulations. The upgrade will also allow continued water releases from the dam for rafters who paddle down the Indian River into the Hudson River.  Go to full article

Vermont keeps No. 2 ranking in Kids Count report

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is keeping its No. 2 ranking in a national survey of the well-being of children.

The 2014 Kids Count report was compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Go to full article

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