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Norris Berry Farm in Monkton, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/found_drama/3888672864/">Rob Friesel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Norris Berry Farm in Monkton, VT. Photo: Rob Friesel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business.

The tiny spotted wing drosophila arrived in the U.S. from Asia in 2008 and turned up in the Northeast in 2011.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saratoga_National_Historical_Park#mediaviewer/File:SaratogaHistoricParkSign.JPG">Upstate NYer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Upstate NYer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saratoga Battlefield gets $750K grant for upgrades

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga National Historical Park has received a $750,000 grant to upgrade and re-design outdoor exhibits that have been in place since the 1960s and '70s.

Officials say the funds from the National Park Service for a comprehensive wayside rehabilitation plan will be used to improve more than 60 exhibits dotting the 10-mile scenic road that winds through the park, also known as Saratoga Battlefield.  Go to full article
Photo: Ebola in Guinea <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/13717624625/">European Commission DG ECHO</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Ebola in Guinea European Commission DG ECHO, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.

Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said the Food and Drug Administration modified a hold recently placed on the company's drug.  Go to full article
Photo: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes Keynote Inaugural address at the "Made in Rural America Regional Forum" in Canonsburg, PA on Jun. 4, 2014. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/14378971173/">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes Keynote Inaugural address at the "Made in Rural America Regional Forum" in Canonsburg, PA on Jun. 4, 2014. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sen. Gillibrand: Rural export forum planned in NY

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the Obama administration is bringing its "Made in Rural America" export forum to upstate New York. Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, urged the administration in May to bring one of its five export forums to New York.

The initiative aims to strengthen rural exports by assisting small and midsize rural businesses overcome obstacles to reach untapped overseas markets. The forum is planned in Cortland in September.  Go to full article
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission

Fulton County clerk gave out free snowmobile registrations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's inspector general says an upstate county clerk issued free snowmobile registrations to local snowmobile clubs--including a group he participated in.

Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott's office said Friday that Fulton County Clerk William Eschler improperly gave the snowmobile clubs government registrations to avoid the required $45 registration fee.  Go to full article
E-cigarette display. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/6871369114/">elycefeliz</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
E-cigarette display. Photo: elycefeliz, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes with a ban on more than 7,000 flavors now available.

In a letter they plan to submit Friday to the Food and Drug Administration, they say limits on advertising and prohibiting flavors besides tobacco and menthol will help protect minors.  Go to full article
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/monusco/8102320043/">MONUSCO Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: MONUSCO Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

President of Senegal visiting Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The president of the west African nation of Senegal is in Vermont.

Senegal President Macky Sall is scheduled to visit Montpelier on Friday. Sall was invited to Vermont by Gov. Peter Shumlin.  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelgarethjohnson/14643558018/">Michael Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: Michael Johnson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo challenger to fight to stay on NY ballot

NEW YORK (AP) A law professor challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic Primary is heading to court to defend her campaign against claims that she's not officially a resident of the state.

The legal challenge to Zephyr Teachout's campaign goes before a Brooklyn judge on Thursday for the first of what's expected to be a few days of proceedings.  Go to full article
Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Authority OKs water funds for Tappan Zee Bridge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been approved by a key state board.

The state Thruway Authority board voted Wednesday to accept the $256 million, five-year loan from the state's Environmental Facilities Corp. The Authority plans to request a second $256 million loan, perhaps next year.  Go to full article
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains.  Photo:  New York State Police
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains. Photo: New York State Police

No prior defects found in bus that crashed on Northway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police say they have found no prior mechanical defects that contributed to a Canadian tour bus crash that killed a teenage girl in upstate New York last month.

The crash about 8 a.m. on July 18 on Interstate 87, also known as the Adirondack Northway, left the bus on its side in a grassy median about 90 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article

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