In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we’ll learn about the Islamic State's rampant destruction of priceless antiquities and how we can support the efforts to stop these priceless pieces of heritage from being destroyed. We are joined Erin Thompon, Assistant Professor of Art Crime at John Jay College, City University of New York; one of the New York Council for the Humanities new Public Scholars; and America’s only full-time professor of art crime.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a soldier stationed in the Pacific Northwest has been charged in the theft of several firearms from an upstate New York home two years ago.

Troopers say Thursday that 21-year-old Luke Aulita of the Schoharie  County town of Wright was arrested earlier this month and charged with criminal possession of stolen property after an investigation into the theft of firearms from a residence. Police did not identify the types of guns stolen.

The owner of a Massachusetts magic store has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than $560,000 disappear from a longtime customer's credit card account. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.

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Two nurses working at the C-V-P-H Medical Center in Plattsburgh have been arrested and charged with forging prescriptions and stealing drugs.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has charged licensed practical nurse Ann Witt with stealing and forging prescriptions to obtain hydrocodone and xanax from various pharmacies.

Wendy Therrian, also a licensed practical nurse, was charged with falsifying business records and computer tampering in order to steal oxycodone.  

A new law in Albany County is aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell stolen merchandise. The law, approved last night by the county legislature, will place new mandates on pawn shops and jewelers in Albany County. Also, sellers must be at least 18 year old. County lawmaker, Democrat Gary Domalewicz , is  the lead sponsor of the legislation. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Federal investigators say they are launching a public awareness campaign that could include billboards and television ads to help solve the 1990 art heist from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The campaign could go international and is expected to be similar to the operation that led to the capture of James "Whitey" Bulger.

The Boston Globe reports the campaign will reintroduce the public to the 13 stolen masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet, and try to solicit information concerning their whereabouts.