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Sugarloaf Mountain near Blue Mountain Lake is one tract of  the former Finch, Pruyn land purchased by New York. Photo: Carl Heilman
Sugarloaf Mountain near Blue Mountain Lake is one tract of the former Finch, Pruyn land purchased by New York. Photo: Carl Heilman

NY buys 8,451 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former timber company lands on 14 parcels in Fulton, Warren, Essex, and Hamilton counties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state will pay $5.7 million to acquire the former Finch, Pruyn tracts from The Nature Conservancy, using money from the Environmental Protection Fund.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.
Photo: Chris Barker, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

Schumer: School yogurt program expanding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to school lunches is expanding from New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona to eight more states.

The Department of Agriculture, which has operated the pilot program, is expected in the next school year to add school cafeterias in California, Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Mississippi.  Go to full article
Raw milk. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanishungry/3722209894/sizes/o/in/photolist-6EVijE-757kdN-78d5rf-7b9yeu-7b9yvq-7g1aYW-7hGmXY-7kkHrQ-7tCymc-7tCyxH-7tCy">RyanisHungrye</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Raw milk. Photo: RyanisHungrye, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Raw milk advocate will appeal Ontario ruling to highest court

ONTARIO A farmer who has spent two decades fighting for the right to sell unpasteurized milk is pledging to take his case to the country's highest court.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled against Michael Schmidt yesterday in his appeal of his conviction for breaking public health laws.  Go to full article
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA

Vermont House advances bill on Lyme disease treatment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is expected to give final passage to a bill that would give doctors more flexibility in treating Lyme disease.

The bill up for final action Wednesday would allow doctors to prescribe long-term antibiotics to patients diagnosed with the tick-borne illness.  Go to full article
Archive Photo of the Day: Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY
Archive Photo of the Day: Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Winter storm will blanket the whole region starting tomorrow morning

A major late winter snowstorm is expected to blanket the region over the next two days. Heavy snowfall and windy conditions will make travel hazardous in many areas.

Up to ten inches can be expected in parts of NY, and a similar amount in southern Ontario. Parts of Vermont can expect up to 20 inches of new snow.  Go to full article

Rochester teachers union sues over evaluations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The Rochester teachers union is suing the state and school district over state-mandated performance reviews.

The Rochester Teachers Association says New York's Board of Regents, state Education Department and district didn't account for Rochester's nearly 90 percent student poverty rate when it graded teachers last year. The lawsuit says that since poorer kids do worse on the state tests used in performance evaluations, the process was unfair.  Go to full article
Colin Gillis was last seen in Tupper Lake two years ago.
Colin Gillis was last seen in Tupper Lake two years ago.

NY police seek public's help in Colin Gillis disappearance

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State police investigators say they're hoping to speak to the person or persons who would have had contact with an 18-year-old college student who disappeared in the Adirondacks while home on spring break two years ago.

Authorities say Colin Gillis of Tupper Lake was last seen walking along state Route 3 between his home in Tupper Lake and Piercefield early on the morning of March 11, 2012. A student at SUNY Brockport in western New York, Gillis was home for spring break when he went to a party and never returned home.  Go to full article
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station in Scriba, NY. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station in Scriba, NY. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear plant back online after power outage

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) Constellation Energy says its Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in central New York is back in service after being shut down last week by a problem with a power supply.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the Nine Mile Point 2 plant in Scriba was manually shut down early Tuesday after the loss of off-site power to control and alarm electrical circuits.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Governor Shumlin calls for wage increase

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling on lawmakers to raise the state minimum wage in steps to $10.10 by 2017 but some business groups say it's not the right step to increase incomes for Vermonters.

Shumlin said Monday "it's imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended."  Go to full article
Long Island Solar Farm Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookhavenlab/6309843152/">Brookhaven National Labratory</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Long Island Solar Farm Photo: Brookhaven National Labratory, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY awards $28.6 million for solar projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state's NY-Sun initiative has awarded $28.6 million to 37 projects across the state, including 29 photovoltaic projects that will add 33.6 megawatts of solar power generation capacity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that under the NY-Sun initiative, a total of 299 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity has been installed or is under development in the past two years.  Go to full article

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