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Food industry to sue over Vermont GMO foods law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A national food industry group says it will file suit in federal court within weeks challenging Vermont's new law that requires labels on genetically modified foods.

The Grocery Manufacturers' Association said Thursday, the same day the Vermont governor signed the law, that government has no compelling interest in warning consumers about foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The national group maintains the foods are not unsafe.  Go to full article
Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/harwoobe/14137949351/">Ben Harwood</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: Ben Harwood, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fire rips through apartments in Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Four people have suffered minor injuries and two dozen people have been left homeless by a fire that ripped through a three-story apartment building in Glens Falls.

Witnesses tell The Post-Star that some residents jumped from second-story windows to escape Thursday night's fire. Fire Chief James Schrammel says three residents and a Glens Falls firefighter have been treated for injuries believed to be minor.  Go to full article
The current federal minimum wage is well below the average value of the past 50 years, in inflation-adjusted dollars. Data: U.S. Dept. of Labor
The current federal minimum wage is well below the average value of the past 50 years, in inflation-adjusted dollars. Data: U.S. Dept. of Labor

Vermont House delays minimum wage debate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House has delayed voting on an increase in the state's minimum wage due to a technical error in legislative documents.

The House was in the middle of a debate over a compromise increase when it was discovered that the House calendar -- the document that lists bills to be taken up each day -- did not accurately reflect the version of the bill passed by the Senate.  Go to full article

Cuomo, lawmakers push campaign finance changes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A day after penning an op-ed piece arguing for campaign finance reform, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has support from two key lawmakers and Senate Republicans involved in negotiations.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Wednesday he's encouraged that Cuomo is pushing public financing of campaigns, which would match small donor contributions with state funds.  Go to full article

Report recommends sanctions on Vermont Public TV

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) The office of the inspector general for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has recommended that Vermont Public Television be sanctioned because the board of directors did not follow open meeting rules.  Go to full article

Senate Oks tougher hit-and-run penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Lawmakers in New York have voted for tougher penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

The state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of legislation that would impose up to seven years of prison on a motorist who flees the scene of an accident resulting in an injury. Currently, the crime carries a sentence of up to one year.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In Vermont, cellphone ban on track

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Driving with a cellphone to an ear would be banned under Vermont law effective Oct. 1, under a bill that looks likely to become law.

Meanwhile, budget negotiators said Wednesday they still did not have agreement on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and an effort to consolidate Vermont school districts appeared to be fizzling.  Go to full article

NY Senate backs high school diplomas for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Senate has passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree based on knowledge and experience from their service time.

The effort, called "Operation Recognition," already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: CT Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GMO labeling bill passes legislative hurdle in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly.

The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the Assembly's Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Town prayer case challengers: The debate matters

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) The upstate New York residents who challenged their town board's prayer practice before the nation's highest court say their disappointment in losing is softened by the dialogue the case has inspired.

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision upholding Christian prayers at the start of Greece Town Board meetings, Linda Stephens and Susan Galloway say they'll continue to push the board to be more inclusive as it schedules people to deliver the prayers.  Go to full article

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