New York's inspector general says the state corrections department improperly permitted 64 prison superintendents and 16 other staff to use state cars essentially for commuting.
Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says the investigation, which The Associated Press first reported almost two years ago, has been completed and corrections officials now return cars to the agency vehicle pool instead of assigning them to top staff.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Four parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are among the people chosen for a commission that will decide how to memorialize the victims.
Twelve people were sworn in Monday evening as members of the commission that will evaluate whether, how and where a permanent memorial should be built. The town has received many proposals but the process is expected to take several years.
A gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the school on December 14.
A 41-year-old North Adams man has been charged with murder in the death of an elderly woman found slain in her home.
Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said Friday night that David Delratez was arrested on murder and car theft charges in the death of 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli.
Delratez was arrested Thursday in Bennington, Vt., driving DePaoli's car. He appeared in court there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant for probation violation in a prior assault. He agreed to come back to Massachusetts and was formally charged with DePaoli's death on his return.
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) — Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York. They promise thousands of jobs, economic salvation and an abundant, clean-burning source of fuel.
But for all its political and financial clout, the industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door. One reason: Folks like Sue Rapp and Vera Scroggins are in the way.