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Cuomo challenges NY students to $3M clean energy contest

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Image: Pat Arnow via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor is offering $1 million to the best proposal created by college students for using renewable energy to power their campus. Andrew Cuomo announced the “Energy to Lead” competition on Friday. Three winning teams will each receive $1 million prizes to begin implementing their plans. The contest will be operated by the State Energy Research ...

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Slippery start to the work week for East Coast commuters

NEW YORK (AP) — East Coast residents clobbered by the weekend blizzard trudged into the workweek Monday amid slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalks after some cities got an entire winter’s snow in two days. In Brooklyn, only one teacher at the Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School called out, despite more ...

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Blizzard dumps snow in South; DC mayor says to ‘hunker down’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm’s path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. Snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could last for 24 hours or more ...

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NY comptroller seeks ExxonMobil analysis of Paris climate accord

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s comptroller and other investors have asked ExxonMobil to advise them about the resilience of the oil company’s business model following the recent Paris climate agreement by nearly 200 countries to slow global warming. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of New York’s $184.5 billion pension fund for public workers, is joining with the Church of England’s investment ...

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Power plant suing after state refuses to let it run on Hudson River

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in New York. (Image: Tony via Flickr)

BUCHANAN, N.Y. — A nuclear power plant owner has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to throw out the state’s refusal to authorize the plant to operate on the Hudson River. Entergy Nuclear Operations filed the suit Thursday against Secretary of State Cesar Perales. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Perales in November rejected a permit request that would allow the Indian ...

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NY attorney general objects to Constitution pipeline tree-cutting request

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general filed objections Thursday to the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request to cut trees along the proposed route of its 124-mile natural gas pipeline, citing the lack of a state water quality permit and pending requests for a rehearing of the federal agency order that cleared the way for the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory ...

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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease. The coal leasing program has not been significantly changed in more ...

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New York editorials–taxes, marijuana, and WSJ on Obama’s endorsement of a new pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The Gloversville Leader-Herald on medical marijuana markets in New York state. Jan. 12 On Thursday, New York state’s much-anticipated medical marijuana market opened for the first time, allowing the legal sale of marijuana in medicine form, including capsules, vaporizers and liquids. So far, the market is ...

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All 17 miners trapped in New York salt mine are rescued

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LANSING, N.Y.— Seventeen miners trapped in one of the world’s deepest salt mines were rescued Thursday morning, ending a 10-hour ordeal that began when their elevator broke down 900 feet underground. The workers were descending to the floor of the 2,300-foot-deep Cayuga Salt Mine — nearly deep enough to fit two Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other ...

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