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U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army
U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army

General killed in Afghanistan was 1980 RPI grad

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. military has identified the officer killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was born in upstate New York and graduated in 1980 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Greene was the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970.  Go to full article

New York man charged with threatening President

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A 30-year-old western New York man is charged with tweeting threats against President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Brandon Correa of Rochester pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in federal court Tuesday after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges that include threatening the president.  Go to full article
Sunset view looking west at the 1838 "Old Stone Barracks" at Plattsburgh, New York. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Stone_Barracks#mediaviewer/File:OldStoneBarracks.jpg">SmedleyButler</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sunset view looking west at the 1838 "Old Stone Barracks" at Plattsburgh, New York. Photo: SmedleyButler, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group adds Plattsburgh's Old Stone Barracks to "save" list

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Pre-Civil War barracks on the grounds of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base have been added to a preservation organization's list of the most threatened historic resources in New York state.

Congressman Bill Owens joined local officials and leaders of the Preservation League of New York State at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh for the group's announcement Tuesday regarding the Old Stone Barracks being added to the "Seven to Save" list.  Go to full article
NY State Trooper Jackson on patrol. Photo: Natasha Haverty
NY State Trooper Jackson on patrol. Photo: Natasha Haverty

NY troopers targeting speeders, aggressive drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) As NASCAR drivers head to Watkins Glen for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series weekend, New York's state troopers will be conducting a week-long enforcement effort targeting speeders and aggressive drivers across the state.

The state police "Speed Week" campaign runs from Aug. 6 through Aug. 12.  Go to full article
Researchers deploying a beam trawl from the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Kiyi on Lake Superior. Photo: USGS
Researchers deploying a beam trawl from the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Kiyi on Lake Superior. Photo: USGS

US Geological Survey commissions research vessel

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is launching the newest addition to its fleet of large research vessels on Lake Ontario.

A traditional commissioning ceremony is being held Wednesday morning at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego. Suzette Kimball, acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey, will christen the vessel.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/4152991645/">Truthout.org</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Truthout.org, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sanders discusses veterans health care overhaul

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be discussing legislation he helped craft to improve health care for veterans.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in White River Junction.  Go to full article
The $4.2 billion budget surplus could help cover the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The $4.2 billion budget surplus could help cover the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY looking at options for using $4.2B surplus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor is studying the state's options for how to spend a $4.2 billion budget surplus.

The state says the windfall is the result of recent financial settlements with banks and insurance companies.  Go to full article
NY Sen. Liz Krueger, shown here at a public forum, sponsored the legislation. Photo: NYS Senate
NY Sen. Liz Krueger, shown here at a public forum, sponsored the legislation. Photo: NYS Senate

NY beefs up post-partum depression screening

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is implementing new screening guidelines to help health care professionals recognize post-partum depression.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation intended to help doctors and nurses recognize the signs of depression in new mothers and get patients the care they need. The bill singles out pediatricians as playing a vital role in identifying depression in new mothers.  Go to full article
About half of the power comes from hydroelectric power plants. The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority
About half of the power comes from hydroelectric power plants. The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

Cuomo: power subsidies to spur jobs in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is offering low-cost electricity to 26 companies that have agreed to create or retain jobs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the latest round of energy subsidies on Monday. The 26 companies--along with three non-profit organizations--are expected to use the low-cost power to support more than 3,000 jobs.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/aerialcamera/7977542002/">Daniel Piraino</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Daniel Piraino, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Oneida Lake beaches closed due to algae bloom

CICERO, N.Y. (AP) Health officials have closed two beaches on Oneida Lake near Syracuse because of dense algae blooms.  Go to full article

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