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Gov. Cuomo launching the Recharge NY program in 2011. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/5619247915/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Cuomo launching the Recharge NY program in 2011. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Energy program supports 600 jobs at Ticonderoga paper mill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is praising a state program that offers companies access to affordable energy in exchange for the creation or retention of jobs.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that the initiative, called ReCharge NY, has supported 600 jobs at International Paper's Ticonderoga paper mill.  Go to full article
Electric meter. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnfriedman/5386873788/">Lynn Friedman</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Electric meter. Photo: Lynn Friedman, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New Yorkers offered advice on high electric bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New Yorkers who have seen their electric bills increase within the last few months are getting some advice.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, said Wednesday that National Grid bills have increased on average 60 to 75 percent since last year. As a result, his office is receiving numerous complaints.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rinkjustice/4069633895/">Jason Comely</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jason Comely, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Debit card companies reach payday loan agreement

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's financial regulators are working with Visa and MasterCard to stop illegal payday loans through debit card transactions.

The Department of Financial Services says Wednesday they've reached agreement with Visa and MasterCard to provide information to card companies about payday lenders that are using debit cards to circumvent New York laws to recover loans.  Go to full article
Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30 percent of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011. Photo by Matt Richmond.
Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30 percent of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011. Photo by Matt Richmond.

Ontario moves to aid struggling beekeepers

The Ontario government says it's moving to help beekeepers rebuild their colonies and maintain the essential role honeybees play in the pollination of agricultural crops.

Due to harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues, the province's bee colonies are expected to experience higher than normal mortality rates.  Go to full article
Sgt. Shawn Farrell II. Photo: U.S. Army
Sgt. Shawn Farrell II. Photo: U.S. Army

Flags half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the flags will be lowered Thursday.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency to test air near crude oil shipping hub

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says the state will start testing for air pollutants in the neighborhoods around Albany's Hudson River port, which has become a hub for crude oil shippers.

The testing program announced Tuesday is in response to residents and local officials who have raised concerns about the health and environmental impacts of increased crude oil shipments through the port by train and ship.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanblaser/8655954187/">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Evan Blaser, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Casino contenders to gather for mandatory summit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Developers looking to build a casino in upstate New York are gathering in Albany for a meeting with state regulators.

Wednesday's conference is mandatory for anyone applying to build one of the four casinos authorized for the Catskills, the Albany-Saratoga area or the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region.  Go to full article
Indian Point nuclear plant. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/2755502911/">Tony Fischer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Indian Point nuclear plant. Photo: Tony Fischer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NRC bans NY nuclear worker who admitted violation

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A supervisor who admitted trying to cover up fuel contamination at a New York nuclear plant has been banned from the industry for a year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that Daniel Wilson cannot take part in any commission-licensed activities in the U.S.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

NY troopers issue 24,354 tickets in 'speed week'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York troopers report issuing 24,354 traffic tickets in their recent "speed week" crackdown and another 3,471 tickets in "operation hang-up" targeting drivers using hand-held phones, texting or using other electronics.

The April 17-24 focus on speeders produced 2,156 more tickets than a year earlier. It also resulted in 1,034 tickets for so-called "distracted driving" while texting or chatting on a hand-held cell phone.  Go to full article
Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/7174327@N06/1975439105/in/photolist-41yAXg-41yDdV">stevehager</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: stevehager, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Civil War prison camp building to be rebuilt

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) A building from a former Civil War prison camp in Elmira is going to be reconstructed at the original site of the camp, with plans to open it as a museum site.

John Trice of Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp tells the Elmira Star Gazette construction work is targeted for completion in early July.  Go to full article

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