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NY pension fund estimate reaches $176 billion

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's comptroller is expected to announce Monday that the pension fund for state and local government workers has reached a record high of $176.2 billion after paying benefits.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund showing a 13 percent return on investment in the fiscal year that ended March 31.  Go to full article
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the  NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook

Ex-Pataki aide announces run for attorney general

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The former chief adviser to Republican Gov. George Pataki is running for New York attorney general against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.

John Cahill, also former state conservation commissioner, tells a gathering in Yonkers, his hometown, that he intends to be an advocate for all New Yorkers as both the public's prosecutor and defender.  Go to full article
A bat in Vermont's Aeolus Cave frozen in icicle, Photo: Brian Mann
A bat in Vermont's Aeolus Cave frozen in icicle, Photo: Brian Mann

Biologists check Vermont cave for bat disease rate

DORSET, Vt. (AP) Biologists are analyzing data collected over the winter in a Vermont cave to determine whether more bats are surviving white nose syndrome.

Last fall, biologists glued radio tags to the backs of more than 400 bats outside the Aeolus cave in Dorset and lined the cave with electronic equipment that monitors how many of the bats emerged in the winter.  Go to full article
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT

NY lists 51 bridges needing upgrades, retrofits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials have identified 51 bridges statewide most at risk from repeated flooding, saying they need upgrades and retrofits that will cost more than $257 million.

The bridges have been scoured and lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.  Go to full article
Million Dollar Beach, Lake George, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/plastiks-romance/8217100899/">Pamela Boudreau</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Million Dollar Beach, Lake George, NY. Photo: Pamela Boudreau, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Artifacts from Lake George dig going on display

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Some of the thousands of artifacts uncovered during an archaeological dig in the southern Adirondacks are going on display this summer.

Archaeologists started excavations last year near the parking lot at the state-owned Million Dollar Beach on Lake George ahead of a road construction project. They've found thousands of arrowheads, pieces of stone tools and other artifacts dating back to about 8,000 B.C.  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Critics, supporters tangle over pipeline under Lake Champlain

SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions about the project.

They attended a packed Public Service Board public hearing Wednesday night in Shoreham on the second phase of the project, which would run under Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York.  Go to full article

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

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