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Critics fault Cuomo's bank tax proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to simplify New York bank taxes contains a provision critics say would let Manhattan's big investment banks pay tax on only 8 percent of their billions in annual net income from stocks, bonds and other securities.

According to the Cuomo administration, the changes will simplify New York's complex tax structure and help end lengthy, expensive disputes between banks and tax collectors on what constitutes taxable revenue.  Go to full article
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS

Mohawk River flood protection projects get NYS funding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is providing grants to help communities along the Mohawk River better handle the threat of future floods.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than $640,000 will be provided through the Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Cuomo says the money will help Mohawk River communities be better prepared for weather disasters.  Go to full article
Holstered police taser. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorq/6004372352/">Doctor Q</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Holstered police taser. Photo: Doctor Q, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont statewide policy on police stun guns on track

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont House panel has voted 11-0 to support a bill calling for a statewide policy on police use of electronic stun guns.

The bill was prompted in part by concern over police use of the electronic weapons following the 2012 death of Macadam Mason of Thetford after a state trooper used a Taser on him.  Go to full article
Photo: Mark Kurtz
Photo: Mark Kurtz

Blizzard warning issued for upstate NY areas

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for an area stretching from New York's southwest corner to eastern Lake Ontario.

The warning is in effect until early Thursday morning. Forecasters say 10 to 24 inches of snow is expected in some areas from the eastern end of Lake Erie to the Lake Ontario shoreline in central New York. Forecasters say wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected later Wednesday.  Go to full article
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
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

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