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Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3073/2580716878_3ac0f21ac7_z_d.jpg">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: Joel Kramer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY environmental officer killed in 1914 honored

HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) A New York environmental officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered 100 years after his death.

Samuel Taylor was shot on April 5, 1914 as he attempted to apprehend a duck hunter along the Mohawk River. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says 38-year-old was the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York. Taylor's official title was game protector.  Go to full article
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

NY state health exchange reports 908,000 enrolled

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Health Exchange says 1.26 million New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 908,000 have enrolled for specific coverage.

The Department of Health says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes nearly 422,000 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and nearly 487,000 in government-funded Medicaid.

More than 70 percent were uninsured.  Go to full article

NY ethics board declines to shield finance reports

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics board has notified four advocacy groups that it won't shield their financial backers from public disclosure, citing insufficient evidence that revealing their names is likely to result in threats or even harm to those supporters.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics in January rejected disclosure exemptions for Family Planning Advocates and New York Women's Equality Coalition, which back abortion rights.  Go to full article

NY expands youth employment program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is expanding a program that offers businesses tax credits in exchange for hiring at-risk youth.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that annual funding for the program has grown from $6 million to $10 million.  Go to full article
Sean Eldridge. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sean_Eldridge_close,_2012.jpeg">mzorick</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sean Eldridge. Photo: mzorick, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Eldridge files 6,000 signatures for Congress run

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) Democratic congressional candidate Sean Eldridge says he has collected enough signatures to make it on the ballot in the Hudson Valley.

Eldridge is challenging two-term Republican Rep. Chris Gibson in New York's 19th District. Eldridge says Monday he filed nearly 6,000 signatures for the Democratic ballot line, far more than required.  Go to full article
Black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8749778@N06/12033862626/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Black bear. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY hunters killed 1,358 bears in 2013 season

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State officials say New York hunters killed 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, the second-highest number on record.

Figures released by the Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday show hunters killed a record 636 bears from the Southeastern hunting area and a near record 342 from the Central-Western area.

The agency says the high numbers reflect a growing bear population and an abundance of acorns and other nuts last fall.  Go to full article

Two Vermont troopers, man shot in Leicester

LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) A man who allegedly entered his neighbor's home and shot him in the head before wounding a pair of Vermont state troopers has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52161059@N00/6322438058/">Danielle Spraggs</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Danielle Spraggs, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY task force to study rise in heroin, opioid use

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A legislative task force in New York is taking a look at ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.

Beginning Tuesday, the Senate task force is holding 12 forums around the state to gather information about the increase in opiate use.  Go to full article
Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/">denisbin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake Champlain. Photo: denisbin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Southern Champlain water quality in spotlight

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) Water quality in the southern Lake Champlain basin will be the focus of upcoming public hearings in Pawlet and Orwell.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has drafted a water quality management plan for surface waters in the basin, including the Poultney and Mettowee rivers, East Creek and several other tributaries that drain into the southern part of the lake.  Go to full article
Typical Surgery Room Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Typical Surgery Room Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Surgeon accused of slapping sleeping patients

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Federal investigators say a Syracuse surgeon often slapped anesthetized patients on the buttocks and insulted them before surgery.  Go to full article

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