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New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Several dozen people will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during naturalization ceremonies being held on the Fourth of July at three upstate New York locations.

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One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

Several portions of state highways are being renamed in honor of New York service members killed in the line of duty.

A woman and a man have been charged in connection with the death of the woman's 13-month old daughter from a drug overdose at an upstate New York home earlier this year.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports 27-year-old Rachel Ball and 34-year-old Joshua Bennett were both charged Thursday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault.

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A new superintendent has been named to run the maximum-security  Clinton Correctional prison where a range of new security measures have been implemented to  close gaps exploited by two inmates who broke out on June 6th.

  There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York. The final report on fracking is a signal for others to move on as well. Anti-fracking groups say they are using New York’s stance to help convince other states, and even countries to ban the gas drilling process.

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With the search for the fugitives who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility over, the focus now turns to the prison itself.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews actions that are known to be under way to determine how Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped the maximum security prison in Dannemora.

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A day after enacting a promised ban on fracking, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens has announced that he'll step down during July.

Former Democratic New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, who briefly served as Majority Leader, will spend seven years in prison for a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election. Smith was sentenced Wednesday in White Plains.