National Missing Children's Day is being observed simultaneously with Memorial Day.

It's held in honor of Etan Patz, who went missing on May 25, 1979. Etan's body was never found. A recent trial in the case ended with a hung jury.

Robert Lowery of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says more than 470,000 children are missing across America.

He says children should be empowered to "say no" — and parents should pay attention if something happens that makes a child uncomfortable.



The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will begin budget hearings Tuesday.

The entire council will have an opportunity to publicly review the nearly $600 million budget recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno  during  three two-hour long meetings that have been scheduled by City Council President Mike Fenton.

" To give both department heads and councilors a chance to have their voices heard prior to any final deliberation and vote we have," he said.

Over 1,000 people attended the dedication of a new War Memorial outside the Ulster County Office Building in Uptown Kingston, New York on Sunday afternoon. The Roll of Honor consists of five black polished granite slabs, etched with the names of residents who perished in every American conflict.

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid is closing at the end of May after graduation and won't re-open in the fall.

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The Vermont Legislature wants feedback on its legislative website and suggestions for improving it.

West Point officials are telling the school's Hudson Valley neighbors that cadet training this summer might get noisy sometimes.

The U.S. Military Academy says nearby residents might occasionally hear summer training activities this month through August. That includes artillery firing, weapons training and demolitions.

Residents also can expect to see and hear low-flying helicopters, especially during air assault school, for most of the first three weeks of June.

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