Teachout again survives NY residency challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.
A four-judge panel on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.
The challenge was brought by two men listed online as Cuomo campaign interns. They noted in court papers that Teachout listed a Vermont address on documents in 2012 and obtained a New York driver's license this spring.
A Cuomo campaign spokesman says there are no plans to appeal Wednesday's decision.
Teachout says she moved to New York City in 2009 to take a job as a law professor at Fordham University. She says Cuomo wanted to keep her off the ballot to silence opposition.
Police at 12 NY colleges to get heroin antidote
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.
The SUNY campuses receiving the funding are: Purchase, Potsdam, Buffalo, Cortland, Oswego, Albany, Geneseo, Adirondack, Canton, Utica/Rome, Farmingdale and New Paltz.
In all, 258 campus officers - nearly half of SUNY's force - will carry the kits that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose.
Schneiderman says multiple students have overdosed on SUNY campuses over the past year.
MISSING AMISH GIRLS
Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
Nicole Vaisey will be in court on Thursday. Her lawyer says she's a victim of an abusive relationship with 39-year-old Stephen Howells Jr.
Howells waived his right to a similar hearing. His case will go to a grand jury in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border.
The couple is in jail without bail. They were arrested and arraigned Friday, accused of abducting the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters from the family's rural farm stand.
The sisters turned up the next night at a house 15 miles from their home.
The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse and is not naming the girls.
Police: Husband, wife slain in their Troy home
TROY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they're looking for two suspects after a husband and wife were slain at a home in Troy.
Police tell local media that man and woman were assaulted early Wednesday morning at a home on First Avenue in the city's Lansingburgh section. They say 51-year-old Michael Allen Lockrow was dead and 59-year-old Marie Lockrow died at a hospital.
Officials say both had been beaten.
They believe the victims knew their attackers, who may be driving the couples' blue 2013 Ford Escape SUV.
Autopsies were scheduled and the investigation is continuing.
PORT OF ALBANY-OIL SPILL
100 gallons of oil spill at Port of Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's environmental agency is investigating a 100-gallon oil spill at the Port of Albany but officials say there's no risk of contamination to the Hudson River.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews responded to the 10-foot diameter spill at the Global Partners terminal after it was reported Wednesday. Clean-up work was expected to be completed Wednesday evening.
The agency says it is looking into the cause of the spill. It says there's no impact on the river or the environment.
Albany's river port has emerged as a hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil, prompting concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.
Jim Kelly's follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer
(AP) - Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Dr. Peter Costantino says in a release issued by New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital that the treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing. He says Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal."
The statement was issued Wednesday, a day after Kelly visited the hospital for a follow-up examination.
Costantino says a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary.
Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus.
New York receives $5.9M for AmeriCorps projects
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has received $5.9 million in federal funding for AmeriCorps projects around the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the grants on Wednesday. The money will support more than 460 AmeriCorps members who provide service to nearly two dozen groups.
Groups receiving money include ones providing legal services to the poor, rural health care, after-school and summer programs for children, housing services, youth mentoring and job training.
This is the second AmeriCorps grant the state has received this year. New York announced $10 million in funds in May.
The governor's office says that more than 72,000 AmeriCorps members in New York have performed more than 110 million hours of service to the community since 1994.
STATE FAIR OPENS
New York State Fair opens today
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.
The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes (GEH'-dehs) open at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court, followed by the Barenaked Ladies at night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, Sept. 1.
Country music star Brad Paisley kicks off the concerts in the Grandstand with a Thursday night performance. Other Grandstand performers include Pitbull on Saturday, Kid Rock on Monday and Jason Aldean on Aug. 30.
The fair's midway includes more than 60 rides provided by Wade Shows.
Amtrak offers train service to New York State Fair
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Amtrak is once again this year offering train service to the New York State Fair.
The fair begins a 12-day run Thursday in suburban Syracuse. Amtrak will run five trains daily dropping passengers off at the fair.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he urged Amtrak and track operator CSX Corporation this week to reach an agreement to continue the annual service.
Cuomo says providing passenger service to the fair was more complicated this year because freight traffic has increased. Amtrak wanted to make sure passenger trains with fair stops were not delayed by heavy freight traffic.
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