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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/38983646@N06/6095398568/">Putneypics</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US EPA uses Vermont flood planning to help others

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

In a report and checklist released Tuesday, the EPA released details of planning for floods being done in the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown. The checklist offers steps communities can take to prepare for flooding.  Go to full article
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3054923942/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York casino applicants promise economic boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop resorts.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday released the executive summaries that were submitted with the 17 casino applications last week. The documents summarize the selling points of each proposal.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Shumlin celebrates veterans laws

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Shumlin made the remarks Tuesday at a celebration of laws for veterans.  Go to full article

Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in.

Police say Willy B. Levitt of Hardwick was issued a citation Tuesday to appear in court July 22 on a charge of simple assault.  Go to full article

Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.

A spokesman for the Madison County emergency management office says the deaths were reported Tuesday evening in Smithfield, located between Syracuse and Utica. No details were immediately available.  Go to full article
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

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