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Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ingveeh/14190930571/">Yngve Roennike</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: Yngve Roennike, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.  Go to full article

New York arts council launches online survey

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Do you take part in cultural events? Are they important to you?

The New York State Council on the Arts wants to know.

The council this week posted an online survey to help guide its plans and priorities over the next several years.

Survey takers are asked questions about the sort of arts, cultural and heritage events they attend and take part in. The survey is accessible through the state council's web site and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will be available to the public through Aug. 4.  Go to full article
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Daniel X. O'Neil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY takes aim at invasive species

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials in New York are enlisting the public's help in going after invasive species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals by learning how to recognize them and prevent their spread.  Go to full article
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb. Photo: Julie Grant

Ontario may restrict insecticides harmful to bees

Ontario has no plan to ban a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, but the government will consider restricting its use.

The governing Liberals say they'll start consultations on a potential system where permits would be required to use plant seeds treated with neonicotinoids.  Go to full article

NY to add $3B windfall to state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is poised to collect nearly $3.3 billion from a recent settlement with France's largest bank for violating U.S. trade sanctions and conducting dollar transactions for clients in Sudan, Iran and Cuba.

The Cuomo administration plans to add it to the state budget to keep spending down.  Go to full article
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo (greatly enlarged): Scott Bauer, USDA
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo (greatly enlarged): Scott Bauer, USDA

Vermont Health Department warns of summer ticks

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department is warning people to watch out for ticks that could carry Lyme disease.

At this time of year, the immature ticks, which are about the size of a poppy seed, are biting and they could spread the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.  Go to full article
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/6086672220">Mark Jones Jr.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. Mark Jones Jr., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The C-45 flew for miles on its own after its three-man crew and two civilian passengers bailed out when one of the engines failed during a flight over central New York in 1952. The aircraft flew on automatic pilot for more than an hour before it crashed into the lake off Oswego.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: CT Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lines up legal team for GMO labeling fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is lining up its legal team for the expected legal battle over the state's effort to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

On Monday, Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced his in-house legal team and said he's hired a Washington law firm to help defend the labeling law.  Go to full article
Bat with white nose syndrome. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/microbeworld/6021646303">Microbe World</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Bat with white nose syndrome. Microbe World, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A study in a Vermont cave has found that up to 96 percent of the little brown bats tagged with radio chips remained for the winter, an indication they are surviving exposure to white nose syndrome.

Separately, studies of bat maternity colonies in the Champlain Valley have found that little brown bats appear to be reproducing at rates faster than they are dying.  Go to full article

Body of missing fisherman recovered from Lake George

HAGUE, N.Y. (AP) Police divers have recovered the body of a 59-year-old Albany County man from 74 feet of water on Lake George.

Divers from the Warren and Saratoga County sheriff's offices found the body of William Scott of Westerlo Friday afternoon after state police sonar detected an object in the area.  Go to full article

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