Aug 05, 2014 — SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga Race Course is tipping its top hat to John Morrissey, the Irish-born fighter-gambler-politician who punched his way to national fame before the Civil War and launched what's now the nation's oldest and most successful racetrack. Go to full article
Aug 05, 2014 — BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger are going to mark the start of construction on millions of dollars in improvements on the Lake Champlain waterfront in the Vermont city. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says privately operated drone aircraft are posing a threat to safety and privacy and should be regulated by the federal government.
The Democrat says New York has become "the wild west" for private drones since a court case limited the federal government's ability to regulate the use of the small, remote controlled aircraft. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has amended its penal law to exclude prison and jail time when calculating the 10-year period that elevates a repeated low-level sex offense into a felony.
The law effective Nov. 1 will exclude time locked up from the calculation whereby two or more misdemeanor offenses rise to "persistent sexual abuse" punishable by up to four years in prison. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2014 — ESSEX, Vt. (AP) The public is getting a chance to weigh in on the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for the state of Vermont and the Lake Champlain zone in New York. Go to full article