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links for 2011-04-27

  • Crops are filling up greenhouses across Central New York as farmers wait for a break in the rain.
  • A National Weather Service storm survey team will be in the Rome area Wednesday morning to determine if a tornado touched ground during Tuesday afternoon’s storm that swept through Oneida County.
  • He's directing the state Insurance Department to issue regulations to permanently ban placement agents, lobbyists and so-called "pay-to-play" activity from fund operations.
  • Despite their education, women still make less money than men. Measured by pay, women with full-time jobs now make 78.2 percent of what men earn, up from about 64 percent in 2000.
  • The Upstate Chapter of the US Green Building Council will hear about solar and wind power at its meeting 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
  • No major damage was reported in Oneida County following a late afternoon storm that included a tornado sighting near Rome.
  • In fact, most of those who have reached age 50 noted that co-workers seek their counsel more now than when they were younger. And a third said their employer treats them with greater respect.
  • Utter asked commission members to draft recommendations that "range from either some shared services along certain functions up to and including a potentially full consolidation" for the New York State Thruway Authority, Bridge Authority and Department of Transportation. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of State, which is charged with coastal management. The Department of Health, Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Office for the Aging.
  • A bill before the Legislature would eliminate the state mandate that requires nurse practitioners to be supervised by doctors. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have master's degrees and advanced training.