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Supporters and campaign staff of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are getting together to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Longtime Dean aide Kate O'Connor says the festivities are set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

That's the date in 2003 when Dean stood before more than 5,000 people on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and announced his candidacy for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, a bid that faded after his loss in the Iowa caucuses that January.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Cuomo administration official says New York is trying to lure TV shows with its tax credits program and the "Tonight" show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan. 

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The state gambling commission is hearing from advocates and opponents of extending an Indian tribe's exclusive right to develop a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

The commission met Thursday at Bristol Community College in Fall River as it considers opening the region to commercial bidders.

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CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban district attorney has asked a neighboring county to handle a child rape case because he is acquainted with the suspect.

Putnam County prosecutor Adam Levy said Thursday in an emailed statement that he knows 35-year-old Alexandru Hossu of Southeast. His spokeswoman would not elaborate, but The Journal News reported that Hossu is the district attorney's personal trainer.

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

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 Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are facing off in their second debate in Connecticut's close race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Thursday's hour-long event will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, beginning at 7 p.m. It will air live on FOX CT, as well as some radio stations.

It is sponsored by the Hartford Courant, FOX CT and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association.

A western New York social studies teacher is the state's Teacher of the Year.

The state education department says Gregory Ahlquist has been teaching in the Webster Central School District, near Rochester, for 12 years. He teaches high school history and is also an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Geneseo, teaching humanities, history and Latin courses.

Ahlquist was recognized Wednesday for his work helping students understand how history shapes today's world and events.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are hoping to use the momentum of their third debate to reach out to undecided voters as they head into the final weeks of Massachusetts' hard-fought Senate race.

Warren is planning to visit a bakery and fire station in Holyoke on Thursday before visiting a second fire station in Worcester.

Brown's public schedule wasn't immediately available.

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Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death in 2004.

Officials have identified Framingham, MA, based-New England Compounding Center as the source of steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis that has killed at least 12 people and made more than 130 others sick in 11 states.

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 Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are set to square off for their third debate in Massachusetts' U.S. Senate race.

The debate takes place at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7 p.m. It's the only debate in the western part of the state.

The face-off comes a day after Brown received the endorsement of former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Warren met with construction workers at a Boston work site.

As the candidates gear up, outside groups are, too, hoping to affect the outcome of the high-profile race.

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The Vermont city of Burlington has mailed corrected city election ballots to 523 voters who had asked for absentee ballots or voted early at City Hall.

Votes on any city ballot that is gray will not be counted. Those ballots contained an error. The city says the new corrected ballots are either ivory, salmon or cherry colored.

Voters who have already returned their gray city ballot must vote again with a new ballot if they want their vote to count.

The error does not affect general election federal or state ballots.

 

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It was John Boehner versus Big Bird as both presidential campaigns tried to attract attention in New Hampshire with less than a month to go before the election.

Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House, rallied Mitt Romney supporters Monday at the campaign's office in Derry. Outside, President Barack Obama's campaign staged a small protest featuring someone dressed up as Big Bird, holding a sign accusing Romney of being "soft on Wall Street — tough on Sesame Street." The gimmick was meant to highlight comments Romney made in last week's debate about defunding PBS.

The House chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature's Public Health Committee says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a steroid distributed by a Framingham pharmacy.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says legislative leaders are monitoring the latest developments from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he's hasn't ruled out the possibility of public hearings, but said right now he has more questions than answers.

 

The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. announced the recall on Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration had previously told health professionals not to use any products distributed by the center.

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A field supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns over the need for a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to upstate New York.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that David Stillwell wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, questioning the necessity for a 120-mile, mostly underground pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

Connecticut apple growers say their crops are down about 16 percent because of an April freeze that damaged early blossoms.

Growers told The Hartford Courant that blossoms opened early this year because of the mild winter and warm spring. But they say the freeze that hit in late April warmed a degree or two when it moved into Connecticut, which spared state orchards from larger losses seen in other states.

The frost wiped out up to 80 percent of Michigan's crop, 70 percent of North Carolina's crop and about 50 percent of western New York's crop.

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Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series.

Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees spoil the Orioles' first home playoff game since 1997. The left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season.

Governor Deval Patrick's administration is set to present grants worth a total of $700,000 to three Massachusetts community colleges to invest in clean energy projects on their campuses.

The Bristol Community College, Middlesex Community College and Quinsigamond Community College will receive the grants during a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday.

A prosecutor says about 300 to 500 defendants may be released into Boston streets because of the alleged mishandling of evidence at a Massachusetts drug lab.

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says those numbers include some "pretty dangerous people."

Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed state drug lab. At least two dozen defendants whose cases Dookhan handled have been released.

A couple who graduated from the University of Vermont have donated $1 million to support the school's Honors College.

Robert Brennan, class of 1983, and his wife, Carolyn Brennan, class of 1982, pledged the amount over the next five years.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Brennans are repeat donors to the Honors College; half of the $1 million will add to the Brennan Family Scholarship Fund, established in 2006.

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Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.

Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane.

According to the New Yrok Times, the virus was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947, but wasn’t common in the West until an outbreak was found in Brazil last May.
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Federal health authorities have released the names of three New York health care providers that received shipments of a steroid suspected of causing a meningitis outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control says they're among facilities in 23 states that received the steroid from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

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Career criminal Marcus Pixley, whose bail was reduced after allegations that a state police lab chemist mishandled thousands of drug samples, has become a fugitive.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge issued a warrant for his arrest yesterday after he failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing.

Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice and accused of faking test results, skipping protocols and mixing drug samples at a now-closed state lab.

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Connecticut health officials say a company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak sent steroids to one medical practice in the state, but no illnesses are reported.

The Department of Public Health on Thursday would not name the practice, citing state disclosure laws. Department spokesman William Gerrish says 39 patients at the practice may have received spinal injections of the steroid and most of them have been informed of the potential problem, but none has symptoms ofmeningitis.

Gerrish says staff members at the practice are trying to contact the remaining patients.

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is receiving the endorsement of former GOP Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.

Weld, who served as governor from 1991-1997, is scheduled to appear with Brown at Brown's campaign headquarters in South Boston on Friday.

The endorsement of Weld, a fiscal conservative who also embraced socially liberal issues, is critical for Brown as he continues to reach out to conservative and Democratic voters.

Friday's endorsement comes a day after black clergy in Boston gave their blessing to Brown's Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren.

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A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat.

Forty-eight percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to the telephone survey of 1,696 likely voters released Thursday.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.

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Police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of burls from trees in Boston parks.

Burls are the giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

Police went to a Dorchester apartment on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing the man shaving scrap pieces off a burl in a park, then leaving with a chainsaw and entering an apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports that 44-year-old Michael Scanlan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

Connecticut's secretary of the state says that Hispanics account for nearly 9 percent of the people registered to vote in the state.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that her study of registration data and U.S. Census information on Spanish surnames indicates there are more than 176,000 registered voters of Hispanic origin in Connecticut.

The majority of those voters — roughly 90,000 — are registered as Democrats, while about 14,500 are registered as Republicans.

A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.

Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

Mitchell College will lay off seven professors, or 20 percent of the full-time faculty, following an unexpected drop in enrolled students.

The Day of New London reports that the layoffs will take effect at the end of the semester. The reductions will cut deeply into the sport and fitness management and early childhood education departments, which will be cut in half with the loss of two professors in each area.

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