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New York expands ban on synthetic marijuana

Lawmakers say they're tightening restrictions on synthetic marijuana to keep up with lawbreakers.

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New murals grace walls of Collegetown parking garage

Officials say the murals in the garage show Ithaca is committed to beautifying all kinds of public spaces.


Tompkins County Republicans get ready for first TV debate

The county party hasn't formally thrown supported behind a candidate.

Crime 3

State police start Speed Week campaign

Last year, 22,000 traffic tickets were issued. About half were for speeding.


Two men sentenced for dumping concrete waste into Susquehanna River

The company was fined $500,000 for the contamination.

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New York soldiers heading to Iraq as part of latest deployments

The New York soldiers, based at Fort Drum, will be deploying in the coming weeks to train, advise Iraqi forces


Changes to allow chickens in Ithaca could come up this fall

City officials say some residents are already raising chickens anyway despite laws prohibiting them in Ithaca.

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Council passes health plan for Ithaca officer Anthony Augustine

Ithaca city council members unanimously approved city-funded health care plan for Officer Anthony Augustine, who was wounded on duty in 2012

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Toxicology results reveal prison escapee was drunk when killed

Richard Sweat's blood alcohol was more than twice the level of intoxication for drunken driving.


Tompkins County naturalizes 25 new citizens

The applicants were from 16 different countries.


New York ranks high for more student debt, unemployment

The study by WalletHub ranks New York seventh-highest among all states for numbers of student debt.


Governor celebrates progress at solar panel factory in Buffalo

The solar project will create 3,000 jobs in the region.


Cortland Mayor: 2016 budget focuses on enhancing the city

City lawmakers have until November 15 to approve the budget.


Civil War prison site being reconstructed in Elmira

Organizers hope the building will be become a museum and learning center.

10th Annual Unicef Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street - Arrivals

Featuring: Sandra Lee
Where: New York City, New York, United States
When: 02 Dec 2014
Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com

**Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

Sandra Lee hospitalized after complications from surgery

Lee was hospitalized Tuesday night after developing complications following her double mastectomy

Crime 3

Ex-officer, 19 others busted in upstate New York drug ring

Authorities say former Albany-area police officer was buying cocaine from leaders of upstate New York drug ring; officer resigned in June

photo: Pete Blanchard

Ithaca to provide health insurance for injured officer Augustine

Officer Anthony Augustine was shot while responding to call in October 2012, but hasn't returned to work due to his injuries

County lawmakers are deciding what to do with the site of the old library on the corner of Cayuga and Court streets in Ithaca (photo by Pete Blanchard)

Lawmakers reach agreement on old Tompkins County library

Decision means project can move forward; reviews are still needed before property is sold, development can begin


New York rejects bid to block info of certain donors

Groups for, against abortion tried to get information of donors blocked, citing safety risks; state ruled groups did not prove risk


New 40-mile snowmobile trail system approved for Adirondacks

State officials say construction will start immediately.

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