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Photo: Mark Kurtz

Fort Drum welcomes 300 soldiers home from Afghanistan

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) About 300 soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division are back with their families after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team were welcomed back to Fort Drum in northern New York in a brief ceremony Tuesday afternoon. It's the second group of 3rd Brigade Combat Team members to return home out of about 2,100 deployed to Regional Command-East to help develop the Afghan National Security Forces.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tracy_olson/61056391/">Tracy Olsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Tracy Olsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont candidates report campaign cash

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Campaign finance reports show that incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised more than $93,000 for his campaign this reporting period.

Republican candidate for governor, Scott Milne of Pomfret, has logged contributions of more than $20,000 by the Tuesday reporting deadline.  Go to full article

Weather service: Tornado caused damage Sunday

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Meteorologists with the National Weather Service have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Finger Lakes during violent storms over the weekend.

The weather service in Binghamton confirmed Monday that the tornado touched down around 4:40 p.m. Sunday in the Schuyler County town of Reading, just outside the village of Watkins Glen.  Go to full article
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Photo: Innovation Trail

Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York.

The suits were filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, claiming 70,000 members, and the trustee of the bankrupt Norse Energy.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York.

The suits were filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, claiming 70,000 members, and the trustee of the bankrupt Norse Energy.  Go to full article
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Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"http://www.nysenate.gov/files/profile-pictures/headshot3.jpg">.

NY state Sen. Maziarz says he won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A longtime New York state senator says he won't run again amid reports that his office is under investigation by a federal prosecutor.

Sen. George Maziarz (MAZ'-ee-arz) of Niagara County made his announcement late Sunday night, saying he wasn't feeling up to another campaign. The 61-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1995.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Atheist to open NY meeting, top court OKed prayers

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) -- An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Dan Courtney says he asked the town of Greece for an opportunity to deliver the "non-theist" message right after the 5-4 decision in May.  Go to full article

22.8 million New Yorkers' personal records exposed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new report shows 22.8 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in a report Tuesday that deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents, which exposed a majority of the records, followed by lost or stolen equipment, insider wrongdoing and inadvertent errors.  Go to full article
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Photo: WILPF, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Questionnaire results in on GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont attorney general says a questionnaire has found that most participants think information about genetically engineered food should be placed near the product's nutrition facts label or ingredients list.

The survey was conducted after the legislature passed a law requiring the labelling of genetically modified foods. The law takes effect in mid-2016.  Go to full article
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Photo: Fried Dough, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY seizes 2.5 million contraband cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An effort to crack down on cigarette smuggling in New York state has led to the seizure of nearly $1.7 million in cash and untaxed cigarettes and cigars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the results, which are the culmination of six months of work by the state's new Cigarette Strike Force, a group of investigators from the state's Department of Taxation and Finance.  Go to full article

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