CAR IN CREEK
Woman dies after driving off narrow bridge into creek
SAROTOGA, N.Y. (AP) - Police say an upstate New York woman was found dead in a creek after apparently driving off the edge of a narrow private bridge.
The body of 66-year-old Ellen Steinberger of Saratoga Springs was pulled from the submerged wreckage of a car on Tuesday. The car had apparently fallen from a one-lane bridge crossing a creek in Saratoga. No one else was inside the vehicle.
Investigators do not suspect foul play, though they have not determined what caused the accident. They say the bridge has railroad ties running down its sides to serve as barriers.
ANIMAL WELFARE-TYSON FOODS
Tyson adopting video, welfare checks in poultry operations
PLUMERVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The nation's largest meat producer says it has installed video cameras in key areas of all its poultry processing operations and will seek a new way to slaughter birds.
Tyson Foods says it views itself as a steward for millions of birds and that it isn't reacting to the bad publicity that comes when undercover videos show abuses in agriculture. In recent years, animal rights groups have shown some workers with a number of companies treating animals roughly before they are slaughtered.
Tyson says a third party will review videos remotely, concentrating on areas where workers handle live animals. Tyson has also hired nearly five dozen "animal well-being" specialists to circulate among its growers.
The company also says it will explore killing birds with carbon dioxide gas rather than through traditional means.
NY Legislature set to adjourn, with no deal on NYC schools
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are ready to leave Albany - though they haven't yet agreed to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools.
The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to wrap up their annual session Wednesday.
Top lawmakers from both parties support mayoral control of schools in New York City, a 15-year-old policy that expires June 30 if lawmakers don't act.
Republicans have linked the renewal to a plan to raise the number of charter schools allowed in the city. So far Democrats won't go along.
Control of schools would revert to a mosaic of local school districts in the city if the policy expires.
Lawmakers say they could return this summer to try again if they can't reach a deal this week.
Parolee jumps 11 stories to death as he's taken into custody
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a parolee being taken into custody broke away from officers and jumped to his death from an 11th-floor New York apartment complex window.
Syracuse police say the man jumped late Tuesday night as he was being taken in by state parole officers for a violation.
The parolee made a phone call to a family member before his death. He was described by police as a man in his 30s.
This investigation is continuing.
Police investigate Nazi flag in building at NY school
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - Police are investigating the discovery of a Nazi-themed flag in a storage building at a New York school.
The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the black and white flag, bearing a swastika, was found spread on the floor of a barn at the Cambridge Central School campus.
Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell says the flag also has an eagle holding a sword and hammer - a symbol of a Hitler youth group.
Bell says people have a right to freedom of expression but it is illegal to trespass in a school building.
The incident was the second involving a Nazi flag in southern Washington County in recent days. The other one was flying in front of a home in Greenwich last week.
VOTER REGISTRATION-MOTOR VEHICLES
NY settles federal lawsuit over voter registration
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached an agreement with New York state to settle a lawsuit over voter registration opportunities through state motor vehicle offices.
Federal investigators found applications for New York driver's licenses, permits and identification cards didn't consistently serve as applications for voter registration for federal elections as required by law.
Under a settlement agreement, New York will make sure a voter registration opportunity will be included with all applications for driver's licenses and renewals.
Change of address information submitted for driver's license purposes will also be used to update voter address information.
Vermont governor signs on Lake Champlain international plan
CROWN POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have committed to combining their efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed on to the plan in Crown Point, New York alongside the commissioner of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation and the Quebec environmental minister Monday.
WVPS-FM reports the plan titled "Opportunities For Action" was developed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program with the goals of clean water, a healthy ecosystem, thriving communities and an engaged public.
The Republican governor says his administration's focus on Vermont's economy does not reduce the state's focus on environmental issues. Scott pledges to invest $55 million in clean water funding for the coming year.
Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for distributing heroin
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for distributing heroin in 2015.
Kevin Williams has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he was arrested in February 2016. He had pleaded guilty to the offense.
He moved to Rutland from New York City.
Prosecutors also presented evidence showing the 44-year-old Williams also organized a small prostitution ring in Rutland. A 19-year-old woman testified that in 2015, she met Williams and began buying heroin from him to feed her addiction. She said she helped him deliver crack and heroin in exchange for getting heroin to use.
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