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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
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward

State plans more public meetings on I-81 project

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials plan to hold more public meetings in Syracuse on the upcoming project to redesign the elevated stretch of Interstate 81.

The Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will hold six neighborhood meetings this month about the I-81 viaduct project. The elevated portion of the north-south highway that cuts through downtown Syracuse is deteriorating and needs to be upgraded.  Go to full article

Weather Service confirms North Creek tornado

NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has confirmed that a fourth tornado touched down in upstate New York during severe storms that killed four people.

Meteorologists say the twister touched down around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday in the hamlet of North Creek, in the Adirondacks 70 miles north of Albany. The tornado was rated EF-0 with wind speeds of 85 mph.  Go to full article

Police: Bus in fatal crash had no brake problems

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say no mechanical problems have been found on a bus that crashed while transporting passengers for an Adirondack river excursion company, killing a 15-year-old employee.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/4138495918/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Work begins on Syracuse's Inner Harbor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined local leaders to break ground on a long-awaited redevelopment project in Syracuse.

The Democrat participated in a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Inner Harbor, a former industrial section of the city that's connected to the Erie Canal system.  Go to full article
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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