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At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY giving $340M to 81 schools, groups for pre-K

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive $340 million to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000 children.  Go to full article

Work begins on $1.7M flood project in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Work is underway on a $1.7 million project to remove sand, gravel and silt from a creek in western New York to reduce the risk of flooding.  Go to full article
Lebanon Valley Dragway in W. Lebanon, NY. Photo: <a href="">DrivingtheNortheast</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lebanon Valley Dragway in W. Lebanon, NY. Photo: DrivingtheNortheast, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Driver hurt in explosion at upstate NY drag strip

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) A 34-year-old drag-race driver has been airlifted to a hospital after his car's engine exploded in the pit area of a drag strip near the Massachusetts border.  Go to full article

Woman faces charges after car hits horse buggy

CLYMER, N.Y. (AP) A woman has been charged with drunken driving after her car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in western New York.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Evan Blaser, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Caesars opens upstate office amid casino bid

WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators are not expected to decide on upstate New York casino licenses until this fall, but applicants are still staying active.  Go to full article

What is causing paint damage at Ithaca car lots?

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) A central New York auto dealer is trying to find out what damaged the paint on about 700 cars and trucks at his Ithaca dealerships.  Go to full article
Wellington Annex. Photo: <a href="">Newbold Bohemia</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Wellington Annex. Photo: Newbold Bohemia, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Old hotel in downtown Albany to be imploded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An old 11-story hotel building near the state Capitol is set to be demolished this week.  Go to full article

Shumlin, Scott, take "ice bucket challenge"

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice cubes dumped on their heads to raise money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The two did so Thursday morning on the Statehouse steps, where they were doused by Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon and a team of dousers working from a crane above.  Go to full article

Sorrell, Welch warn: avoid student loan scams

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Congressman Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about offers from financial companies that promise student loan "relief."

They say state and federal authorities are raising concerns over companies that promise to help student-loan borrowers ease their financial burden but charge hefty fees for unnecessary services.  Go to full article

Website to get more oversight of complaints

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general says new owners of the website have agreed to provide more oversight of complaints in an attempt to curb harassment and bullying.

The question-and-answer website popular among teens has been acquired by the owners of Doug Leeds,'s chief executive, says the focus is ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for users.  Go to full article

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