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Be on the lookout for the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/warriorwoman531/8129491756/">Heather Paul</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Be on the lookout for the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Photo: Heather Paul, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cornell seeks volunteer bird's nest watchers

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) As birds wing their way north from their wintering grounds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is recruiting volunteers for its annual NestWatch citizen science project.

Participants map any nest or birdhouse location on the NestWatch website (www.NestWatch.org). Then they report the species of nesting bird, when eggs are laid, how many hatch, and how many fledglings leave the nest.  Go to full article
High Speed Rail Train Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiadoldol/438726376/">jiadoldol</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
High Speed Rail Train Photo: jiadoldol, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY extends comment period on high-speed rail

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period on plans for high-speed rail service between New York City and upstate New York.

The comment period was originally supposed to end Monday. Officials have received about 250 comments and held six public hearings across the state that attracted more than 500 people.  Go to full article
Raffle Tickets Photo: <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/alykat/5848722/">Alyson Hurt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Raffle Tickets Photo: Alyson Hurt, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY pastor raffles rifle during Sunday service

TROY, N.Y. (AP) After a sermon connecting the "Christian values" of America's founding fathers with the right to bear arms, an upstate New York Baptist minister has raffled off a new Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic rifle.

Other local ministers have criticized Sunday's giveaway of a gun similar to the rifle used in the December 2012 shooting at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Go to full article
World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidiver/8325999623/">Masm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: Masm, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

WWII troop transport plane will return to Normandy

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, an American transport plane now housed in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the mission.

At the invitation of the French government, the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo will fly its Douglas C-47 to France for 70th-anniversary festivities in June. It'll release paratroopers over Sainte-Mere-Eglise, just as it did in 1944 in advance of the amphibious invasion of the Normandy beaches.  Go to full article

Fix only slows insurance hike for 60,000 New Yorkers

NEW YORK (AP) Thousands of New Yorkers are likely to see flood insurance premiums rise as the government phases out subsidized insurance nationally in some of the most at-risk areas.

President Barack Obama signed a law Friday that put a halt to a 2012 overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program. It was supposed to end the subsidies for homes and businesses that were built in flood zones years ago.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard on Nov. 17.  Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50880267@N08/10947246426/in/photolist-hFnuY3-hFnv2u">New York National <br />Guard </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard on Nov. 17. Photo: New York National
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, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY holds "Veteran and Military Family Summit"

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promoted legislation to help disabled veterans during what was billed a "Veteran and Military Family Summit."

The proposed legislation, symbolically signed by Cuomo and legislative leaders, would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

Information from NY public authorities on website

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's comptroller has added financial information from more than 500 state and local public authorities on a website launched in 2008 to make government information publicly available.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the authorities, responsible for billions of dollars of taxpayer assets and money, often do business outside of public view.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Marthinsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Car stopped in Queensbury held 500 bags of heroin

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) State police say a Vermont man and two people from New Jersey have been charged after troopers say they found hundreds of bags of heroin inside a vehicle they pulled over on an upstate New York highway.

Police say a trooper stopped the car for speeding in Interstate 87's northbound lanes Thursday afternoon in the Warren County town of Queensbury, 50 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article
How to be kind to a horse: Cigar gets a nice bath at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7326810@N08/625667615/">Jean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
How to be kind to a horse: Cigar gets a nice bath at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo: Jean, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS, KY regulators investigate allegations of racehorse abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky are investigating allegations of mistreatment of horses by Racing Hall of Fame-nominated trainer Steve Asmussen and his top assistant, Scott Blasi.

The state's racing commissions said Thursday that investigations were launched after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen and associates. The PETA investigation was first reported by the New York Times.  Go to full article
The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8397057968/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Senate backs reversing Citizens United ruling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate is slated to take final action on a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse a Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision that critics say opened the floodgates on corporate campaign contributions.

Calling the convention would have to win support from two-thirds of the states -- 34 -- and an amendment would then have to ratified by three-quarters -- or 38 states.  Go to full article

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