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Gov. Cuomo talking with the press yesterday in Freeport, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14601317018/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Cuomo talking with the press yesterday in Freeport, NY. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo again defends handling of corruption probe

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission but questions about his office's involvement aren't going away.

The Democratic governor traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended again on crude oil project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have again extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until Sept. 30 because of broad public interest. It had been set to expire Aug. 1, after a previous 60-day extension.  Go to full article
Chaplain prepares for a soldiers' memorial service in the Main Post Chapel at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army
Chaplain prepares for a soldiers' memorial service in the Main Post Chapel at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army

Fort Drum chapel rededicated after $7M renovation

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The main chapel at Fort Drum in northern New York has a new look after a $7 million renovation project.

The newly renovated Main Post Chapel will be rededicated during a ceremony Thursday.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.

Right now it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running. Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.  Go to full article

NY public defender challenges 1995 kidnap verdict

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) A federal public defender has filed papers seeking the overturn of a 1995 kidnapping conviction in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old convenience store clerk.

Lisa Peebles filed the papers Wednesday in Oswego County Court.  Go to full article
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has teamed up with Garden Share to bring fresh produce right to people's doorsteps.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: Jasperdo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake's drinking water cited for lead

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the Department of Health sent a letter to Saranac Lake officials two weeks ago notifying them that the village is in violation for exceeding the allowable level for lead based on samples conducted earlier this year.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

NY announces $250M in green energy investments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is setting aside $250 million to invest in wind farms, hydropower and other renewable energy projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Tuesday. It's available to businesses and groups looking to build wind farms, fuel cells or biomass generators or upgrade small to medium-sized hydroelectric facilities.  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain
Cooking heroin. Photo: Psychonaught, public domain

Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.

Officials in Franklin County tell local media that the arrests were made this week in the Malone area. Four other suspects are still being sought.  Go to full article
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack<br />Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/celtico/4789746688/">mikescottnz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Photo: mikescottnz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit central NY

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is headed to central New York to promote the government's new Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund.

Vilsack and Colorado-based Co-Bank CEO Bob Engel will meet Wednesday with leaders in Bridgeport, New York, to discuss the $10 billion private sector fund announced last week by the White House. They'll discuss how this fund can promote local infrastructure upgrades.  Go to full article

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