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NY budget hearings start to amid Medicaid woes
January 25, 2020, 6:26 pm | Source
ALBANY — Public negotiations over New York's budget are set to begin amid worries about another round of Medicaid cuts.Heads of state agencies, lobbyists and members of the public will start to offer input on the governor's proposed budget Monday, kicking off three weeks of budget hearings. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $178 billion proposed spending plan would increase state spending by 1.9%.Lawmakers are likely to focus much of their attention this spring on avoiding more [...]

Police blotters for Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
January 25, 2020, 3:42 pm | Source
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How the 49ers, Chiefs match up in Super Bowl
January 25, 2020, 2:20 pm | Source
It has been a while since a Super Bowl has appeared to be such a toss-up. This one between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC champ Kansas City Chiefs is a difficult game to judge.The 49ers (15-3) have gone from the No. 2 pick in the draft last April to the verge of another championship. The Chiefs (14-4) were in the AFC title contest last year and fell in overtime.In 2019, both teams were dynamic and won a bunch of big games. Now they meet in the biggest [...]

China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41
January 24, 2020, 11:58 pm | Source
China reported early Saturday a jump in the number of people infected with a new virus to 1,287 with 41 deaths, as it expanded its lockdown to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims.

Trump touts logo for new Space Force, with nod to Star Trek
January 24, 2020, 11:49 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's new U.S. Space Force is not Star Trek's Starfleet Command, but their logos bear a striking similarity.President Donald Trump unveiled the Space Force logo Friday, writing on Twitter that he had consulted with military leaders and designers before presenting the blue-and-white symbol, which features an arrowhead shape centered on a planetary background and encircled by the words, "United States Space Force" and "Department of the Air Force. [...]

Trump, a late convert to cause, attends anti-abortion rally
January 24, 2020, 9:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump vowed to stand with anti-abortion activists Friday as he became the first sitting president to speak at the March for Life, an annual gathering that is one of the movement's highest profile and most symbolic events."Today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you," he told a crowd of thousands braving the cold on the National Mall. "Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. [...]

UPDATED: 1 displaced by house fire in Vernon Center
January 24, 2020, 8:24 pm | Source
VERNON CENTER — Multiple fire departments responded Friday afternoon to Bleeker Road in Vernon Center upon reports of a house fire.The call came in around 12:30 p.m. On-scene responders said there were no injuries, though one resident has been displaced. The fire started in the kitchen, though responders said it was not related to cooking.Vernon Center Fire Chief Peter Ropetski said that his department was about a mile and a half away responding to a medical call [...]

NFL's Saints seek to shield PR help to church in sex crisis
January 24, 2020, 8:20 pm | Source
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, [...]

Utica mayor: Applications now available for federal HUD funding
January 24, 2020, 7:57 pm | Source
Applications are now available through the City of Utica’s Department of Urban and Economic Development for Utica residents seeking to apply for federal funding from a number of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mayor Robert Palmieri announced Friday.Funding is available through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. [...]

Oneida County man faces drug, weapon charges
January 24, 2020, 7:43 pm | Source
A Forestport man faces drug and weapon charges, state police said.Charles Strain, 59, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.At 5:38 a.m. Friday, members from the Troop D Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET) and the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed a search warrant at 10613 Dustin Road [...]

Recording shows Trump called for firing of former Ukraine ambassador, report says
January 24, 2020, 7:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — A recording of President Donald Trump calling for the firing of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during a private meeting that included indicted Rudy Giuliani associates was made public Friday morning while Democrats prepared to enter their final day of opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial."Get rid of her!" Trump appeared to say in the recording, which was reviewed and reported by ABC News. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out [...]

China expands lockdown against virus
January 24, 2020, 6:41 pm | Source
BEIJING — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday.The number of confirmed cases around the world climbed sharply to more than 850, with at least 25 deaths, all of them in China.Meanwhile, France announced two cases of the virus — the first [...]

34 Americans injured in missile blast at Iraqi base, Pentagon says, tripling earlier estimates
January 24, 2020, 6:20 pm | Source
The Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries stemming from an Iranian missile strike on U.S. troops in Iraq, nearly tripling the number initially reported as injured.Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said eight soldiers who had been treated in Germany were sent to the U.S. for treatment.Nine others were being evaluated in Germany, he said, while one soldier who was evacuated to Kuwait for treatment had returned to [...]

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES conducting survey on mission, vision statements
January 24, 2020, 4:34 pm | Source
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is revisiting its mission statement.The BOCES Cooperative Board is conducting an online survey as school officials work to develop new mission and vision statements for the organization. A mission statement is focused on the organization’s present mindset and purpose. A vision statement is focused on the future.While the current mission statement was installed in 2012, school officials said in a statement that the needs of the [...]

HCCC to establish esports in fall
January 24, 2020, 4:25 pm | Source
Herkimer County Community College plans to start an esports team this fall, the college announced Thursday in a statement.The college has explored starting a team, at both club and varsity levels, for the past year, school officials said.College officials said the school would launch with a limited number of teams in the fall and add more teams and open an esports center, proposed for the technology center, in 2021.Academic eligibility requirements will be [...]

Actress Rosie Perez says she was told of Weinstein rape
January 24, 2020, 4:20 pm | Source
NEW YORK — "Do the Right Thing" actress Rosie Perez testified Friday that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her but that she couldn't go to the police because "he'd destroy me."Taking the stand at the former Hollywood mogul's rape trial, Perez said her friend Sciorra had told at some point in 1993, her voice shaking on the phone, that something had happened to her: "I think it was rape."Perez said she [...]

4 in NY being tested for coronavirus as China races to contain outbreak
January 24, 2020, 3:56 pm | Source
Health officials in New York have four people under investigation for novel coronavirus that are in isolation as their cases are being tested at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.So far, one of the cases has been proven negative and three are still pending, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The ages, locations and other details about the people weren't immediately available Friday."We are undertaking a wide-reaching and rigorous effort with all [...]

Cuomo: NY issued record number of underage drinking citations in 2019
January 24, 2020, 3:38 pm | Source
When it came down to cracking down on underage drinking, state authorities had a busy year in 2019.Officials issued a record number of 1,016 citations to people attempting to purchase alcohol while underage, up from 922 a year ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. Similarly, authorities also seized a record number of fake IDs: 918, up from 892 in 2018.Out of eight regions across the state, the Mohawk Valley had the second-most fake IDs seized with 229 along with the [...]

Coronavirus terrifies us, but another virus has already killed 6,000 in US
January 24, 2020, 3:37 pm | Source
Influenza rarely gets the sort of attention that coronavirus has, even though flu has already sickened at least 13 million Americans this winter and killed 6,600 people. In a bad year, the flu kills up to 61,000 Americans.

Trump administration picks a new leader for US Border Patrol
January 24, 2020, 3:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has named a new head of the U.S. Border Patrol.Rodney Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Scott has been a member of the Border Patrol for 27 years. He takes over the law enforcement agency at a critical time. The Border Patrol and its 19,000 agents have been under a [...]

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