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Audit: special ed contractor overbilled state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new audit suggests a New York City special education contractor overcharged the state by more than $875,000.

The audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says TheraCare Preschool Services Inc. overbilled the state between 2008 and 2011.

TheraCare provides special education services to preschool-aged children in New York City and three nearby counties.  Go to full article

21 people arrested for cheating on drivers test

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says 21 people have been charged with cheating on their commercial driver's license test.

Scott, along with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, charged the group of people on Tuesday as part of a cheating ring first revealed in September.  Go to full article

Islamic group's plan to cut off crosses draws ire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Some neighbors and former parishioners of a century-old Catholic church are protesting plans to remove six crosses from the roof and spires so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a Muslim mosque.

More than 200 people have signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to deny an application by North Side Learning Center, the church's new owner, to remove the crosses and build a six-foot chain-link fence.  Go to full article

NY court throws out disorderly conduct case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's highest court has thrown out the disorderly conduct arrest of a man standing with three others near the entrance of a Harlem deli who refused to move when police told them to.

The Court of Appeals also dismissed the charge against Todd Johnson for the cocaine police subsequently found in his pocket.  Go to full article
Director Werner Herzog in Brussels. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Werner_Herzog_Bruxelles_03.jpg">Erinc Salor</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Director Werner Herzog in Brussels. Photo: Erinc Salor, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Students show films inspired by Herzog's footage

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- University of Vermont film students who got a chance to collaborate with award-winning director Werner Herzog will be showing their films in Burlington.

The free event takes place Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Burlington City Arts Center.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/96336086@N00/4683415185/">Erik Leenaars</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Erik Leenaars, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY attorney general sues FedEx over cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) The New York state attorney general says FedEx Corp. has cost the state more than $10 million by unlawfully shipping contraband cigarettes to consumers.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made the allegation Monday. He announced the state has joined a federal lawsuit that New York City officials brought against the high-speed mail carrier in December.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Astorino blasts state's Common Core

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he will pull his children from New York's Common Core tests this week, claiming the new academic standards are turning children into guinea pigs.

The Westchester County executive on Monday released a video on his campaign website saying he and his wife are protesting Common Core by opting out of the exams this week for their children in third and fifth grade.  Go to full article
Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. Source: NYCLU
Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. Source: NYCLU

NY college for inmates to remain privately funded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A senior official says Cuomo administration plans to expand college classes for New York's prison inmates will be privately funded and not financed by taxpayers.

The administration official, who declined to be identified publicly under the terms of a background briefing with reporters, says Monday it's not part of the proposed state budget, noting lawmakers' opposition to spending state money.

However, he says nonprofits and foundations are interested.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/59707291@N03/13430127905/">Jennifer Kenny</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jennifer Kenny, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Temporary bus drivers authorized amid Vt. strike

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The transportation agency in Vermont's largest county says it has authorized its staff to secure temporary bus drivers until negotiations with striking drivers are resolved.

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority says the move is "in the interest of restoring transit service as quickly as possible." The authority wants staff to prepare a plan including options for legal action to end the strike.

The measures are part of a resolution adopted Monday by the authority's Board of Commissioners.  Go to full article
Photo via Vermont Health Connect
Photo via Vermont Health Connect

Vermont urged health sign ups through deadline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- More Vermonters were signing up for health insurance right down to the wire.

The Department of Vermont Health Access said that as of Monday morning about 46,800 Vermonters had enrolled in a plan directly through Vermont Health Connect, including about 2,600 over the weekend.

Officials say the figure does not include tens of thousands of Vermonters covered by an employer who enrolled in a Vermont Health Connect plan directly through an insurance carrier.  Go to full article

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