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A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Support at Ft. Drum for missile site that may never be built

Fort Drum is one of four locations the military is considering for a missile defense site for the East Coast. The project could bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Watertown region.

Most people who showed up to a public hearing Tuesday night in Carthage supported the idea. The biggest question is whether the project will be built at all.  Go to full article
Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Canada blasts American rail company in Lac Megantic tragedy

Canadian authorities yesterday issued a new report on last summer's deadly oil train disaster in Quebec that killed forty-seven people.

The study blasts the American company that owned the railroad involved in the accident and says more safety oversight is needed to prevent future oil train disasters.  Go to full article
A crew from New York state builds a fuel break in a fire in Washington state. Photo: NYS DEC

Big Western fires pose challenge and opportunity for NYS crews

This summer we've been hearing about those big wildfires raging out of control in the western United States. Drought conditions have left California and parts of Oregon and Washington state particularly vulnerable.  Go to full article
Eye of the Needle, Lake George. Photo: Sarah Harris

Boat inspections to keep invasives out of Lake George

Lake George is no stranger to invasive species. Spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels, Asian clam, and curly-leaf pondweed have all made their way into the...  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Supporters launch "Yes" campaign for redistricting amendment

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and...  Go to full article
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nysendems/5690823610/">NYSenDems</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group challenges New York redistricting plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog group is challenging the wording of a ballot question on redistricting, saying the referendum on this fall's ballot is deceptive.  Go to full article
Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from Youtube video

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans Democrats

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group's agenda...  Go to full article
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Preview: "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

The summer theater season continues at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario with the dark comedy, "The Ugly One". Todd Moe talks with Ashlie Corcoran,...  Go to full article
Ermina Pincombe (photo by Martha Cooper, courtesy of the TAUNY archives)

Musician/educator Dave Ruch remembers Ermina Pincombe

Ermina Pincombe, a celebrated traditional musician from the Southern Adirondacks who performed music passed down to her from her parents and grandparents, passed away this...  Go to full article
Field medical exercise at Fort Drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/8612345651"</a>U.S. Army</a>

Fort Drum, 2 counties holding emergency exercise

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Military officials at Fort Drum say the Army's 10th Mountain Division and local emergency response agencies will be conducting a mass casualty exercise.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkinmartin/467951184/">Scott Kinmartin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved<br />

AP source: Bills bids to be submitted in 2 weeks

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/itait/6443102499/">Taiter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Craft beer research will be brewing at Hartwick

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) Hartwick College is getting government help to develop a lab designed to support the local craft brewing industry.  Go to full article

Xerox to lay off 121 at New York plant

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) Xerox Corp. plans to lay off 121 people at its Webster plant in western New York.  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historian: Location of 1614 Dutch fort pinpointed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A historian who found the buried remnants of a Dutch Colonial fort in Albany 45 years ago says he has pinpointed the location of an earlier fortification.  Go to full article

Rocks thrown from Thruway overpass; no injuries

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) State police say a number of motorists reported damage from large rocks tossed off a Thruway overpass near Albany.  Go to full article