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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
E-cigarette display. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/6871369114/">elycefeliz</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
E-cigarette display. Photo: elycefeliz, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes with a ban on more than 7,000 flavors now available.

In a letter they plan to submit Friday to the Food and Drug Administration, they say limits on advertising and prohibiting flavors besides tobacco and menthol will help protect minors.  Go to full article
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/monusco/8102320043/">MONUSCO Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: MONUSCO Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

President of Senegal visiting Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The president of the west African nation of Senegal is in Vermont.

Senegal President Macky Sall is scheduled to visit Montpelier on Friday. Sall was invited to Vermont by Gov. Peter Shumlin.  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

Cuomo challenger to fight to stay on NY ballot

NEW YORK (AP) A law professor challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic Primary is heading to court to defend her campaign against claims that she's not officially a resident of the state.

The legal challenge to Zephyr Teachout's campaign goes before a Brooklyn judge on Thursday for the first of what's expected to be a few days of proceedings.  Go to full article
Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Authority OKs water funds for Tappan Zee Bridge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been approved by a key state board.

The state Thruway Authority board voted Wednesday to accept the $256 million, five-year loan from the state's Environmental Facilities Corp. The Authority plans to request a second $256 million loan, perhaps next year.  Go to full article
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains.  Photo:  New York State Police
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains. Photo: New York State Police

No prior defects found in bus that crashed on Northway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police say they have found no prior mechanical defects that contributed to a Canadian tour bus crash that killed a teenage girl in upstate New York last month.

The crash about 8 a.m. on July 18 on Interstate 87, also known as the Adirondack Northway, left the bus on its side in a grassy median about 90 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawncalhoun/4972627307/">Shawn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Shawn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY internships available to college students

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone says the application deadline is approaching for hundreds of internship opportunities available within New York State government.

He's encouraging college students to submit applications for the fall semester as soon as possible. The deadline is Sept. 8.  Go to full article
The Syracuse student section erupts during a 2010 NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. <br />(Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP)
The Syracuse student section erupts during a 2010 NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y.
(Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP)

Syracuse chief: No. 1 party school label not OK

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The chancellor of Syracuse University says his college's ranking as the nation's top party school is a "wake-up call" for change.

In a message posted on the university's website Tuesday and emailed to students, staff and alumni, Kent Syverud says being designated The Princeton Review's No. 1 party school isn't a good thing for a school to be labeled.  Go to full article
Photo by Lizette Haenel.
Photo by Lizette Haenel.

Sen. Sanders: Veterans bill will reduce wait times

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a bill passed by Congress to improve health care for veterans is the most significant piece of legislation affecting veterans in many years.

Sanders made the comments Wednesday during a visit to the Vermont veterans' hospital in White River Junction.  Go to full article

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