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PALADINO-SCHOOL BOARD

Hearing set on fate of board member who insulted Obamas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board.

A hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday in Albany over whether wealthy developer Carl Paladino disclosed confidential board business.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is set to hear testimony in a petition filed by other school board members seeking Paladino's removal. They say Paladino publicly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.

Paladino counters in a federal lawsuit that the board's claims are in retaliation for derogatory remarks he made about the Obamas. He says his disclosures about the teachers' contract were in the public interest.

The hearing is expected to last several days. Elia will issue her decision at a later date.

ANONYMOUS SOURCES LAWSUIT

Lawsuit tests limits of New York state's 'shield law'

NEW YORK (AP) - A civil case pending in a New York state appeals court is testing the limits of state legislation that protects journalists from revealing anonymous sources.

Murray Energy Corporation, a coal mining company, is seeking an order from the New York Supreme Court to force Reorg Research Inc., a Manhattan-based corporate intelligence firm, to disclose anonymous sources believed to be investors liable for breach of contract.

The New York Times reports news alerts sent by Reorg to subscribers used information from anonymous sources to report the corporation had reached a collective bargaining agreement with workers.

New York state has legislation known as a "shield law," originally passed in 1970 by Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, which protects New York journalists from revealing anonymous sources.

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MISSING BEACH SIGN RETURNED

Welcome sign stolen from beach returned 2 weeks later

BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Officials are surprised but pleased that a welcome sign stolen from a Long Island village's beach has suddenly reappeared.

Bellport Mayor Ray Fell said Wednesday officials still have no idea how the 12-foot long sign was returned, but he's happy it's back. Newsday reports the "Ho-Hum Beach" sign, which was donated by village residents about a decade ago, was discovered missing on June 3.

Fell says maintenance workers found the returned sign by the beach snack bar on June 17. The mayor says there is no active investigation to find the people or person who took the sign.

Fell says, "As far as I'm concerned, it's done."

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STABBING SENTENCE

NY man who stabbed girlfriend sentenced to at least 25 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man who stabbed his girlfriend to death has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

An Erie County Court judge sentenced 50-year-old John Avent of the town of Tonawanda (tahn-uh-WAHN-duh) on Wednesday.

A jury convicted Avent of second-degree murder in March, a year after 51-year-old Roberta Rybinski was killed in the couple's apartment.

SOLID WASTE

New York proposes changes to solid waste regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators are taking public comments on proposed changes to solid waste management rules.

The Department of Environmental Conservation launched a comprehensive revision of solid waste regulations in February 2016. The initial proposal included changes to deal with illegal disposal of construction and demolition debris and stronger oversight of mulch processing facilities.

Revisions made in response to public comments include stronger prohibitions on disposal of liquid waste from oil and gas production.

Revisions also include enhanced tracking of construction and demolition debris from New York city, and reducing environmental impacts from large compost and mulch facilities.

Comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted at a public hearing on July 13 at DEC's headquarters in Albany, or by email.

LAKE PLACID-LACROSSE

Lake Placid set to welcome another lacrosse tourney

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Summit Lacrosse Ventures is bringing another tournament to Lake Placid.

The inaugural High Peaks Summit Classic for adult men is slated for this weekend. It's an opportunity to play for athletes who haven't been able to compete in the traditional August tournament.

SLV also is hosting the Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic for boys in first through eighth grades, which runs Monday through Wednesday of next week, and the sixth annual BRINE Northstar Invitational. The latter is an invitation-only development and recruiting showcase for girls and will be held at Northwood School.

The weeklong Lake Placid Summit Classic, in its 28th year, gets an early start on July 31.

In all, the village expects about 20,000 visitors this summer for lacrosse, with a direct economic impact of around $7 million.

NY LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST

The Latest: NY lawmakers adjourn without deal on NYC schools

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers have adjourned their 2017 session without a deal to extend Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools.

The Senate and Assembly adjourned late Wednesday night after negotiations over renewing the policy broke down.

Mayoral oversight of schools, first enacted in 2002, will expire June 30. Control will then revert to a mosaic of local school boards.

Senate Republicans sought to link the policy's renewal to a plan to increase the number of charter schools permitted in the city, but Assembly Democrats balked.

Some lawmakers expect to return to Albany to resolve the stalemate before the fall, but Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he has no intention of calling the Assembly back.

The policy lapsed once before, in 2009, but was quickly reinstated.

9/11 WORKER PARDON

Ex-Sept. 11 worker gets drug case pardon, fights deportation

NEW YORK (AP) - A former ground zero worker has filed a legal challenge to his pending deportation to Colombia after receiving a pardon from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) on a 1990 drug conviction.

Carlos Cardona was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February and is being held in New Jersey. Cuomo pardoned him Wednesday.

Cardona is from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and entered the U.S. illegally in 1986. He was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as a 21-year-old.

The Democratic governor's pardon on the conviction is seen as a way to challenge deportation.

Cardona worked as a recovery worker after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He suffers from acute respiratory issues, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

An ICE spokeswoman has declined to comment on the case.

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