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"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_powder">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: Stanisław Skowron, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product hits stores as early as next month.

Schumer cites what he calls the "already massive problem of underage drinking," drunken driving and other alcohol-related crime on Long Island.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York teachers to shred tests in protest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York teachers say they plan to protest against the privatization of public education by shredding standardized tests.

Leaders of the New York State United Teachers union say the protest will take place Monday evening on the steps of the state Education Department in Albany.  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8936100840/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

New York governor, other officials head to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during that country's conflict in Gaza.

Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on Tuesday. Cuomo announced the trip Sunday, saying the delegation would meet with Israeli leaders and visit residents affected by the fighting.  Go to full article
Coast Guard checking a boat off Alexandria Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastguardnews/8862036256/">Coast Guard News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Coast Guard checking a boat off Alexandria Bay. Photo: Coast Guard News, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coast Guard rescues five on St. Lawrence, one on Lake Ontario

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. (AP) It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard patrolling the waters of the St. Lawrence River.  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

NY judge to rule on challenge to Teachout campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in New York state will soon rule on whether a liberal law professor's campaign to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo can continue.

Fordham University professor Zephyr Teachout's candidacy has been challenged by Cuomo supporters who say she doesn't meet the five-year residency requirement to run in next month's Democratic Primary for governor.

The judge in the case plans to announce his ruling Monday.  Go to full article
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

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