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Photo: Cindy Seigle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Brush burning banned in some towns until May 14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental regulators are reminding New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents until May 14 because of increased risk of fires during spring months.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday wildfires can start and spread due to open burning of debris and dried out foliage. The agency said that open burning of debris is the largest cause of wildfire in the state.  Go to full article
Home page of <a href="http://43north.org">43North.org</a>, where businesses can apply to compete for the million-dollar prize.
Home page of 43North.org, where businesses can apply to compete for the million-dollar prize.

Buffalo business contest luring worldwide interest

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo's competition to attract business to Buffalo is drawing contenders from 48 states and 56 nations.

Cuomo said Tuesday that thousands of applicants have submitted business ideas hoping to win the contest's top prize of $1 million.  Go to full article
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Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa smoking rate lowest in province

OTTAWA, Ont. Public health officials say Ottawa's smoking rate is now the lowest in the province. New figures released yesterday conclude that 11% of Ottawa's population were smokers as of the end of 2012.

Ottawa is also marking the two-year anniversary of expanded smoke-free rules that banned smoking from outdoor patios, city parks and beaches, and outdoor festivals as of summer 2012.  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 House bucks Shumlin, speeds wage hike

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is bucking the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval on Tuesday after voting against an amendment to bring about the slower wage increase.  Go to full article

Long Island man charged in upstate hunting death

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A Long Island man has been charged in the shooting death of a fellow deer hunter in upstate New York.

Charles Bruce was shot Nov. 16 in the Otsego County town of Westford during a hunting trip with a group that included members of the Malverne fire department. The 52-year-old volunteer firefighter died at the scene.  Go to full article
Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3073/2580716878_3ac0f21ac7_z_d.jpg">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: Joel Kramer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY environmental officer killed in 1914 honored

HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) A New York environmental officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered 100 years after his death.

Samuel Taylor was shot on April 5, 1914 as he attempted to apprehend a duck hunter along the Mohawk River. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says 38-year-old was the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York. Taylor's official title was game protector.  Go to full article
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

NY state health exchange reports 908,000 enrolled

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Health Exchange says 1.26 million New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 908,000 have enrolled for specific coverage.

The Department of Health says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes nearly 422,000 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and nearly 487,000 in government-funded Medicaid.

More than 70 percent were uninsured.  Go to full article

NY ethics board declines to shield finance reports

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics board has notified four advocacy groups that it won't shield their financial backers from public disclosure, citing insufficient evidence that revealing their names is likely to result in threats or even harm to those supporters.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics in January rejected disclosure exemptions for Family Planning Advocates and New York Women's Equality Coalition, which back abortion rights.  Go to full article

NY expands youth employment program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is expanding a program that offers businesses tax credits in exchange for hiring at-risk youth.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that annual funding for the program has grown from $6 million to $10 million.  Go to full article
Sean Eldridge. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sean_Eldridge_close,_2012.jpeg">mzorick</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sean Eldridge. Photo: mzorick, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Eldridge files 6,000 signatures for Congress run

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) Democratic congressional candidate Sean Eldridge says he has collected enough signatures to make it on the ballot in the Hudson Valley.

Eldridge is challenging two-term Republican Rep. Chris Gibson in New York's 19th District. Eldridge says Monday he filed nearly 6,000 signatures for the Democratic ballot line, far more than required.  Go to full article

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