Monday, December 22, 2014

New York State News

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors have sued New York City to speed reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

Utica man killed in Syracuse shooting
SYRACUSE - Police in Syracuse have released the name of the man who was fatally shot while walking on a city street earlier this week.

New York panel picks three upstate resort casinos
ALBANY - A panel has selected Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties as sites for casinos in upstate New York, deciding not to recommend a fourth.

New York will move to prohibit fracking
ALBANY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

12-year-old boy in custody after Syracuse school stabbing
SYRACUSE - Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing a 12-year-old girl inside a New York school.

NY Medicaid proposal for covering transgender treatment
ALBANY - New York officials have proposed authorizing coverage for transgender treatment under the state's Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers.

DEC urges consumers to recycle electronics
ALBANY - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that as of Jan. 1, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash.

Five-ton storage pod crushes woman who's unloading it
CLAY - Police say a 5-ton storage pod fell off a truck at a New York facility, crushing the woman who was trying to unload it.

New York education chief to join U.S. Education Department
ALBANY - John King Jr. is stepping down as New York's education commissioner for a post in the Obama administration.

Snowfall contest's fine print gives Syracuse edge
SYRACUSE - When it comes to the competition for the snowiest big city in upstate New York, location matters.