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China-themed project in upstate NY draws critics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) It's an audacious plan that seems out of place for the Catskills: a $6 billion China-themed cultural, business and amusement park to be built on 2,200 acres nearly two hours from New York City.  Go to full article
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source:  Brian Mann)
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source: Brian Mann)

Protect the Adirondacks seeks reports of cougars

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An environmental group has started a database of public sightings of cougars in the Adirondacks in an effort to determine whether there's any truth to rumors that have circulated over the years about the big cats.  Go to full article
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

2nd Amendment advocates fire their weapons in protest

This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act.

On Saturday, opponents of the law held rallies they called "the shot heard 'round New York," where they fired a symbolic gunshot in protest of the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

2014 could be a good year for dairy farms

2013 was another comeback year for the dairy industry, after near-record low milk prices forced thousands of dairy farmers out of business during the recession. But the high cost of energy and feed still made it hard for farms to make money.

Two of the top industry forecasters say that could change for the better in 2014. David Sommerstein spoke with Mark Stephenson, who directs the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin, and Andy Novacovic, a professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University, about what the new year might hold for dairy farmers and how the Farm Bill debate in Congress could affect life on the farm.

Stephenson says soaring corn prices are finally coming down, with a record harvest last summer and declining use of corn in producing ethanol. That means dairy farmers will pay less for feed, so they'll end up with better profit margins this year.  Go to full article
Albany, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany, NY. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Taxes to be major topic in 2014

One of the top issues of the 2014 legislative session will be taxes. While Governor Cuomo wants to cut taxes, some, including New York City Mayor elect Bill de Blasio, want to raise them.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Walmex_plateros.JPG">Enrique Cornejo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Enrique Cornejo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY minimum wage rising to $8 an hour

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's minimum wage will increase to $8 an hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.

It's the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget last March.  Go to full article
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfullshots/495436157/">Soulfull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: Soulfull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Thruway, anti-drunk-driving group tout sobriety

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are kicking off their annual "red ribbon" campaign against drunken driving.

Officials say 65,000 red ribbons will be handed out to Thruway drivers across New York state on Friday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/9724908661/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY honor guards at 11,000-plus vets' funerals in 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of the New York National Guard's honor guards are expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,500 veterans by the end of the year.

State military officials say the Army National Guard's honor guards had provided services for 9,735 ceremonies as of Tuesday and expect to conduct another 265 military funerals by New Year's Day.  Go to full article
Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr
Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

2014: the year of reform?

This year saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in the wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Study finds NY 21st in funding to stop smoking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates ranks New York 21st among states in funding of smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this month also includes New York among states it says broke promises to use all or most of the money from the historic tobacco company settlement 15 years ago to combat smoking.  Go to full article

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