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Report recommends sanctions on Vermont Public TV

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) The office of the inspector general for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has recommended that Vermont Public Television be sanctioned because the board of directors did not follow open meeting rules.  Go to full article

Senate Oks tougher hit-and-run penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Lawmakers in New York have voted for tougher penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

The state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of legislation that would impose up to seven years of prison on a motorist who flees the scene of an accident resulting in an injury. Currently, the crime carries a sentence of up to one year.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In Vermont, cellphone ban on track

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Driving with a cellphone to an ear would be banned under Vermont law effective Oct. 1, under a bill that looks likely to become law.

Meanwhile, budget negotiators said Wednesday they still did not have agreement on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and an effort to consolidate Vermont school districts appeared to be fizzling.  Go to full article

NY Senate backs high school diplomas for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Senate has passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree based on knowledge and experience from their service time.

The effort, called "Operation Recognition," already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: CT Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GMO labeling bill passes legislative hurdle in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly.

The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the Assembly's Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Town prayer case challengers: The debate matters

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) The upstate New York residents who challenged their town board's prayer practice before the nation's highest court say their disappointment in losing is softened by the dialogue the case has inspired.

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision upholding Christian prayers at the start of Greece Town Board meetings, Linda Stephens and Susan Galloway say they'll continue to push the board to be more inclusive as it schedules people to deliver the prayers.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY steps up disaster drills as oil trains increase

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Firefighters are getting some practice battling crude oil fires as part of stepped-up efforts by the Cuomo administration to address safety threats from increased rail shipment of highly flammable crude from North Dakota to East Coast refineries.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is hosting a two-day disaster training drill at the Port of Albany on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday afternoon, fire and hazardous materials personnel will practice using fire suppressant foam to douse flames in a simulated oil-spill fire.  Go to full article
Sow with piglets at the New York State Fair last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/9605205114/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sow with piglets at the New York State Fair last year. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York fair suspending piglets and sows exhibit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The state department of agriculture and markets has decided to suspend the sows and piglets exhibit and competition at the New York State Fair this summer.

The move is an effort to protect the health and safety of the animals from a relatively new virus known as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.  Go to full article

Vermont lawmakers at odds over drug screening bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) With just days left on the 2014 Vermont legislative schedule, House and Senate lawmakers are at odds over a top priority of Gov. Peter Shumlin: getting nonviolent criminal defendants with drug problems into treatment, rather than on a path to jail.

The Senate on Tuesday declined to go along with House proposals of amendment on what some are calling the pre-trial screening bill.  Go to full article

Young moose on the loose in Burlington, Winooski

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A young moose made its way into Burlington and over to Winooski, where it was spotted in parks, yards, parks and city streets.

The police dispatch centers in Burlington and South Burlington and 911 received many reports Tuesday morning about the presence of the moose.  Go to full article

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