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A national trucking group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the diversion of New York Thruway tolls for state canal maintenance.

American Trucking Associations says it sued Thursday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the inflated commercial tolls violate truckers' constitutional rights under the Commerce Clause. The truckers want the practice to stop.

Legislation switching the Canal System to the Thruway Authority was enacted in 1992. The trucking group claims that the authority spent more than $100 million of toll money on the canals last year.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Thruway Authority is planning 234 layoffs to help shore up its finances, but no toll increases are planned.

Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller says the layoffs of full-time workers will be in all regions, including the Albany headquarters. The authority employs 29,068 workers.

Weiller says no toll increases of any type are planned.

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VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — State police, the Thruway Authority and towing companies are reminding motorists in New York about the law that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching roadside vehicles with flashing lights.

They're holding a news conference Friday morning at the state police Thruway barracks in Cheektowaga to publicize the state's "move over" law.