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A sauger taken by a fish technician from the Wabash River. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest/6441954421/">Tim Edison</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A sauger taken by a fish technician from the Wabash River. Photo: Tim Edison, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Plan set to restore imperiled fish in NY waters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a restoration plan for sauger, a walleye-like fish that biologists call one of New York's most imperiled fish species.

The fish used to thrive in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Allegheny rivers and Lake Champlain, but they've become scarce because of pollution and habitat loss. Only a small remnant population remains in Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image: National Weather Service Burlington)
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image: National Weather Service Burlington)

Upstate NY copes with blowing snow, subzero cold

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Homeless shelters are taking in more people and school districts are closed from Albany to Buffalo as bitterly cold weather combines with snow and wind to make conditions miserable in upstate New York.  Go to full article
Photo: COCOEN daily photos CC some rights reserved
Photo: COCOEN daily photos CC some rights reserved

NY gets waiver to eliminate double math test

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Some New York seventh- and eighth-grade students will have one less math exam to take after the state received a waiver from the federal government.  Go to full article

Northern NY co. co-owner dies in chemical accident

ADAMS, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say the co-owner of a northern New York business has been killed as the result of a hazardous materials spill at his work place.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells local media outlets that 54-year-old Gary Berry and an employee were working behind a building at Berry Bros. Lumber Co. in Adams when the accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Go to full article

Lawyers begin appeal of NSA phone ruling in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) Civil libertarians in New York City have begun an appeal of a federal judge's decision that found the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records is legal.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed the notice of appeal on Thursday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Go to full article
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain

NY Sen. Schumer to disclose drone test client

ROME, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is heading to central New York to provide details about the state's role as one of six sites in the nation selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to test unmanned aircraft.

Schumer will be at Griffiss Airport in Rome Friday morning and at Manley Field House in Syracuse in the afternoon to announce the first client to begin drone testing.  Go to full article
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012.  Photo: David Sommerstein.
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Seaway closes for season after delays clear

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The St. Lawrence Seaway is finally clear of ships after an early ice-up caused traffic jams that delayed the end-of-season closing by a day.

Lori Curran of the Seaway Development Corporation tells the Watertown Daily Times that the last time she could remember the Seaway having difficulties closing traffic for the season was in 1989.  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

Vermont ski areas say early season looking good

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Despite some rain, Vermont's ski areas say the early season is looking good, with the slopes full of skiers, many of whom are also staying in area hotels and eating in local restaurants.

As of just before Christmas, the Killington ski resort was about 9.5 percent ahead through the same point in the 2012-2013 season.  Go to full article
Lake effect snow. Photo: Dawn Huczek, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Lake effect snow. Photo: Dawn Huczek, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Winter storm watch issued for southern Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A winter storm watch is in effect for Vermont's two southernmost counties with 6 to 12 inches of snow possible.

The National Weather Service says some snow was going to fall early Thursday, but the storm is not scheduled to begin in earnest until later in the day.

And it's going to be cold.  Go to full article

NY couple charged with illegal pet neutering

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) A husband and wife face animal cruelty charges after police say the woman neutered a dog and a kitten for friends who didn't want to pay veterinarians for the surgery.

Authorities said both animals required extensive veterinary care after the botched amateur operations in 2011.  Go to full article

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