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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
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Dairy Farmers of America ends price suit for $50M

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

A class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 charged Dallas-based Dean Foods, DFA, and the cooperative's marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services, with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast, driving down prices paid to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Highway 401. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/4756260863/in/photolist-5s2k16-8E143F-8fi5DD-6JryRg-9TCRcs-5c7SAK-dwaGc-5Adove-8fpYtJ-6ZucYk-5wUZ9f-5zYqyR-6xfAJB-7PAHC6-5xXrNo-854zjM-4Mg1Wo-9qvPf3-a5nErU-6iJc73-9usFFV-9uvHvC-9usFZn-miWRA7-9BL43Z-5AyvFs-iBoWPJ-98b8hq-79XpY7-8Tax7H-6AvLCo-6NJBru-9Co5pV-4Mg2co-6Hb3Pp-fQs5ch-7vGgWd-fQasPV-9af6c-fQarJz-fQavaH-fQs2m9-5QA6BN-6zUQaS-8TaoJ4-6SVPLo-8Tavvc-adW2X-6NJHCd-8TdCoA">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Highway 401. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer: highway funding row would delay projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says dozens of highway projects in New York state would be delayed if Congress can't reach an agreement on federal highway funding.

The Democrat said last week that the state would be forced to either put off projects or pay for them without federal assistance if lawmakers don't replenish the federal highway trust fund.  Go to full article

Search to resume for 84-year-old missing hiker

FORESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they'll resume their search for an 84-year-old man who failed to return from a hiking and camping trip in central New York.

State police say Donald Combs of Sauquoit, near Utica, left a note for his family on Thursday saying he was going camping in the town of Forestport, located on the Adirondack Park's southwestern border in northern Oneida County.  Go to full article

5 rescued after boat capsizes near Cape Vincent

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The Coast Guard has rescued five people from the St. Lawrence Seaway near Cape Vincent after their boat hit a large wake and capsized.

Officials say a Coast Guard crew stationed at Alexandria Bay saw the 19-foot boat hit the wake around 9:30 Saturday night, throwing the boaters into the water. None were wearing life jackets.  Go to full article
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Saratoga Race Course. Dustin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Opening weekend planned at Saratoga race track

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) A music festival and 23rd annual fancy hat contest are planned as part of the opening weekend activities at Saratoga Race Course.

Competition in the hat contest takes place next Sunday after the second, third and fourth races, with contestants parading in front of judges on the track apron.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

New York canoe camping area comes with new rules

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) Canoe campers seeking solace in New York's newest lake-studded Adirondack playground will encounter a few rules that run counter to the region's tradition of unfettered access.

In the Essex Chain Lakes, permits are required to pitch a tent under lakeside pines. And forget toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire. Campfires are forbidden.  Go to full article
Big Barn Dance at Sentinel Farms, Vermont. Photo:<a href="http://www.unboundgrace.org/blog/category/sentinel-farm/">Seintinel Farms, Unbound Grace</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
Big Barn Dance at Sentinel Farms, Vermont. Photo:Seintinel Farms, Unbound Grace, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Vermont camp is more than horses; it's a new path

STARKSBORO, Vt. (AP) A former Vermont lawmaker is running a summer program designed to help children learn important life lessons by working on the farm.

The dozen or so kids who go to Sentinel Farms frequently start the day by doing farm chores before getting to ride the horses.  Go to full article
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Photo: <a href="http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/">Peter Welch Biography</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Photo: Peter Welch Biography, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Welch to discuss negotiations over highway fund

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Congressman Peter Welch will be discussing the negotiations in Congress over reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund, which is how states pay for most major road construction projects.

Welch will also release a list of critical Vermont transportation projects that could be delayed if Congress doesn't act.  Go to full article

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