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Number of Vermonters without health care unclear

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials say they won't know for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without.

Vermont Health Connect spokeswoman Emily Yahr says the best answer to that question won't come until consumer surveys are out later this year.  Go to full article
Andrea Malik applies a BTI treatment by a beaver dam in Colton. Black fly eggs need running water to hatch, so they're an easy target. Photo: David Sommerstein
Andrea Malik applies a BTI treatment by a beaver dam in Colton. Black fly eggs need running water to hatch, so they're an easy target. Photo: David Sommerstein

Hate black flies? Hug this woman.

It's one of the cruelest fates dealt the North Country. The snow's gone. The warm sun's finally back. And just when we're dying to bask in spring, the black flies begin to swarm.

A couple dozen towns in the North Country try to take a stand. They treat thousands of miles of streams to kill the nasty, biting bugs. It's all done by hand, dozens of people slogging miles through the deep woods to deliver a bacteria that's fatal to black flies: Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or BTI.

One woman in St. Lawrence County has dedicated almost 30 years of her life to battling the black fly. David Sommerstein profiled her in 2007.  Go to full article
Happy Earth Day Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eraphernalia_vintage/4544738487">Cheryl</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Happy Earth Day Photo: Cheryl, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

The activities include hikes, wildlife watching, tree-planting and educational exhibits.  Go to full article
New York City Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/layant/4175092212/">Pedro Layant</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York City Photo: Pedro Layant, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ravitch to discuss fiscal plight of cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments.

Ravitch is set to deliver a lecture on the fiscal woes of America's municipalities Tuesday afternoon at Albany Law School. The event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperedjane/9528253385">Peppered Jane</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: Peppered Jane, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New NY group to promote Champlain Valley hiking

WESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) A new nonprofit group that has been developing trails in the Champlain region for the past five years is planning an inn-to-inn trekking event to showcase the area.

The organization Champlain Area Trails is hosting an event called the Grand Hike on May 3. Hikers will depart at 9 a.m. from the Westport Hotel in Westport, walk along trails and scenic back roads, and end up at the Essex Inn in Essex.  Go to full article
Spent Grain Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/2306070622">Kelly Teague</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Spent Grain Photo: Kelly Teague, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers up in arms.

Schumer will be at the Rohrbach Brewing Co. brewery in Rochester today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ditch a proposal he says will make it too expensive for brewers to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Rubin_Carter_4.jpg">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: WikiMedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending almost 20 years in a U.S. prison for a triple murder he didn't commit died at his home in Toronto yesterday. He was 76.  Go to full article
Life Jackets Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeline-imagery/262176952">Sean Connors</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Life Jackets Photo: Sean Connors, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont officials remind boaters to stay safe

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials are reminding boaters and anglers to stay safe on the water and wear flotation vests.  Go to full article

NY jobless rate up slightly in March to 6.9 pct.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state labor department says the unemployment rate was up slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 6.8 percent in February.

It says New York City also saw a slight increase to 8 percent from 7.9 percent a month earlier. In March 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent overall and 8.8 percent in New York City.  Go to full article

Lake Luzerne man admits killing wife Christmas Eve

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the Christmas Eve stabbing death of his estranged wife.

In a plea deal that will result in a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison, 47-seven-year-old Clifford Burns of Niskayuna admitted Thursday that he stabbed his 42-year-old wife Patricia in a fit of rage in her Lake Luzerne apartment.  Go to full article

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