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Operating room. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/swhealthcare/9575079585/">Scott & White Healthcare</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Operating room. Photo: Scott & White Healthcare, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prosecutors: Northern NY hospital to pay $750,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a hospital in northern New York has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it submitted 1,900 improper Medicare claims.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Carthage Area Hospital double billed the federal health care program for the elderly for operating room and ambulatory surgery services from 2006 through June 2010.  Go to full article
The Barnes & Noble cafe. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/6.25.11SpringfieldBarnes%26NobleByLuigiNovi.jpg">wikipedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Barnes & Noble cafe. Photo: wikipedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Barnes & Noble to pay $10K for breastfeeding flap

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Barnes & Noble bookstore chain will pay $10,000 to promote breastfeeding after a woman was asked to cover up while nursing her infant son at a Rockland County store.  Go to full article

Weather service: Tornado hit homes where 4 died

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.

Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in the town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/40217091@N03/12379927834/">Jarrett Frazier</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jarrett Frazier, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Olympic authority faces cash-flow crunch

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state audit has found that the public entity operating former Olympic venues in Lake Placid continues to face significant cash flow problems and has had to borrow money to make payroll.

An audit released Wednesday by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli determined that the Olympic Regional Development Authority needs to improve its financial practices.  Go to full article
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Zephyr Teachout Pride, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Liberal NY gov candidate gets 40K names for ballot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A liberal law professor seeking to challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she has collected 40,000 signatures from voters who want her name on the Democratic Primary ballot.

Zephyr Teachout's campaign plans to mail the petitions Thursday from a New York City post office.  Go to full article

11 whooping cough cases reported in Windham County

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department says 11 whooping cough cases were reported in Windham County in June and so far this month there have been five suspected cases.

Of the 11 confirmed cases, 10 people have been vaccinated against whooping cough. Officials don't know the vaccination status of the other case.  Go to full article

14K still without power in upstate New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 14,000 utility customers in upstate New York are still without power two days after violent storms tore across the region, killing four people and destroying several homes in a rural town  Go to full article
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192/">Keith Cooper</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: Keith Cooper, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY public authorities' spending rises $1.5B

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report shows New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year, up $1.5 billion over 2012.

The state Authorities Budget Office says the spending has risen 17.6 percent since 2009 while staffing has declined by more than 2,800 over those five years.  Go to full article
Vermont utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyldkyss/5573741067/">Kristin Brenemen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. Photo: Kristin Brenemen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Storms cause power outages in Vermont

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) A storm with high winds moving across Vermont has knocked down trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service says Tuesday's storm caused mostly wind damage although there was heavy rainfall at times.  Go to full article
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Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US EPA uses Vermont flood planning to help others

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

In a report and checklist released Tuesday, the EPA released details of planning for floods being done in the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown. The checklist offers steps communities can take to prepare for flooding.  Go to full article

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