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NY gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York and federal officials report a final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.

The goal of the Medicaid waiver is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.

The Department of Health and Human Services says New York will have to meet ongoing milestones for funding.  Go to full article

NY limiting acceptance of welfare debit cards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget contains amendments to a social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling or strippers.

The measure, scheduled to take effect at the end of May, prohibits gaming facilities, liquor stores, adult entertainment venues and some other retail outlets from accepting electronic benefit transfers from public assistance recipients.

The law already prohibits them from cashing welfare checks.  Go to full article

NY flu season continues; second wave of illness

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Health officials say a second wave of influenza has struck this spring and is putting more New Yorkers in the hospital now than in January.

The Albany Times Union reports that a different strain of flu is circulating than the one in midwinter, and people who already had the flu can get it again -- especially if they didn't get the vaccine.

The state Health Department says 648 New Yorkers were hospitalized with influenza during the first week of April. There were more than 2,500 confirmed cases of flu statewide that week.  Go to full article

NY updates oil spill preparedness plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.

The process also includes emergency response drills by federal authorities and improvements to maps that detail environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands.  Go to full article

NY Senate task force on opiate addiction to meet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A legislative task force is continuing its review of ways to address the rise in heroin and opiate abuse.

The group is scheduled to hold a forum Tuesday at the Monroe County Office Building in Rochester. It's the second of 12 such events planned throughout the state. Another forum is planned for Tuesday night in Utica.  Go to full article

NY pay raise for 100,000 direct care workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 caretakers of the disabled and others next year, their first raise in several years for many.

They will get a second cost-of-living adjustment next April, along with about 30,000 case workers, nurses and social workers.  Go to full article
New York State Route 418. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/10788756074/">Adam Moses</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Route 418. Photo: Adam Moses, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Route 418 reopened after Adirondack mudslide closes it

WARRENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) The Warren County Sheriff's Office says a road closed by a mudslide in the southeastern Adirondacks has been reopened after the debris was cleared.

The sheriff's office says Route 418 from Warrensburg to Thurman was closed Saturday evening after mud and trees covered about 100 feet of the roadway.  Go to full article
Ice Flow. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/landerholm/5251946494/">Kent Landerholm </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ice Flow. Photo: Kent Landerholm , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rain, melting snow keep rivers high

COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.  Go to full article
Cranberry pool in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/6537926433/"> U.S. Fish And Wildlife </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cranberry pool in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish And Wildlife , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Missisquoi delta recognized as important wetland

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's Missisquoi Bay delta and bay wetlands are being recognized as important wetlands.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuges and Vermont's Maquam, Carmen's Marsh and Rock River wildlife management areas along the northeastern edge of Lake Champlain are receiving the recognition from the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

NY Comptroller discloses 2013 tax return

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's tax return shows that he made $152,567 from his state salary in 2013, an increase from the $146,838 he made the year before.

DiNapoli reported $5,342 in dividends from AT&T, American Funds, Comcast, Verizon and Vodafone and had a capital gain of $3,246 from selling some stock.  Go to full article

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