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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29705061@N07/2889295690/">Ruthanne Reid</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Ruthanne Reid, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hannaford named presenting sponsor for Empire State Games

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) The Empire State Winter Games have signed Hannaford Supermarkets as a presenting sponsor.

Organizers of the 2014 games, which begin Feb. 6 in Lake Placid, say the contribution from Hannaford marks the first major corporate partnership for the games since their transition to a private operation four years ago.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law in January. His poll numbers have fallen in the months since the signing. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law in January. His poll numbers have fallen in the months since the signing. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

NY restrictions on ammunition sales start Wednesday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new restrictions on ammunition sales take effect Wednesday, requiring all sellers to register with state police and buyers to appear in person to get bullets.

It's part of the law pushed through a year ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one month after the massacre of 26 educators and children in Newtown, Conn.  Go to full article
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

NY education reform commission issues final report

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to recommend education reforms is out with its final report.

Cuomo already has embraced many of the recommendations released Tuesday and advanced several in his 2014 State of the State address. They include expanding full-day pre-kindergarten, upgrading classroom technology and rewarding top teachers.  Go to full article
LIHEAP helps feed the monster in the basement. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skewgee/5597260862/">Matthew Hurst</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
LIHEAP helps feed the monster in the basement. Photo: Matthew Hurst, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer: Low-income heating aid boosted by $169M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer says federal funding for low-income heating assistance will increase by $169 million in the coming fiscal year, to a total of $3.4 billion.

Schumer had called on appropriators to increase funding in light of record low temperatures last week.  Go to full article
The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/infinitedecay/7967870870/">infinitedecay</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: infinitedecay, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DEC to remove damaged Marcy Dam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A log dam that was a favorite photo and camping spot for generations of Adirondack hikers is going to be removed after state officials decided it would be too expensive to repair damage from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.  Go to full article
Anaerobic digester on the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, MA. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/5470625445/">USDA</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Anaerobic digester on the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, MA. Photo: USDA, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY makes $20M available for anaerobic digesters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is making $20 million available to dairy farmers to turn waste into energy.

The money through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will go toward the installation of anaerobic digesters, which make electricity and heat from organic wastes like manure.  Go to full article
Lake Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/88664052@N00/4468113212/">non-euclidean photography</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake Ontario. Photo: non-euclidean photography, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a deep cut during last year's budget battle.  Go to full article
NY State Sen. Kemp Hannon chairs the Senate Health Committee. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kemp_Hannon.JPG">Office of Sen. Hannon</a>
NY State Sen. Kemp Hannon chairs the Senate Health Committee. Photo: Office of Sen. Hannon

Legislators cite flaws in NY health exchange

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State legislators say some problems plague the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in New York, with constituents complaining about lost insurance coverage, higher premiums and confusion and limitations of medical networks.  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

NY court to consider acceptable police lies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police lie to suspects.

Now New York's top court is considering whether they go too far by claiming a dead victim is still alive.

The question is whether that's so deceptive that it amounts to coercion and therefore disqualifies any incriminating statements from a suspect that follow.  Go to full article
State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with government regulation at a forum in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with government regulation at a forum in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

NY senators say state has too many regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A group of New York state senators say they've identified more than 2,000 rules and regulations that put the state at a competitive disadvantage.  Go to full article

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