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Updated at 5:30 PM

FRANKFORT — Several Herkimer County school districts will participate in an annual food drive later this month to help bulk up local food banks.Ray Lenarcic, founder of the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition, said the coalition is kicking off the Staff Sgt. Marc Anthony Scialdo Food Drive, which will take place from March 24 to 28.

Updated at 4:49 PM

FORT PLAIN — The State Education Department awarded the Fort Plain Central School District with a $100,000 Strengthening Teacher/Leader Effectiveness grant, which will allow it to create district-wide career ladders for teachers and principals.

Updated at 4:46 PM

ALBANY (AP) — An empty seat and swing districts loom large as Republicans and Democrats look to pick up House seats in New York this year.

Updated at 4:11 PM

ALBANY — State Sen. James Seward joined Senate colleagues to unveil the Young Farmers NY plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.

Updated at 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON — With heroin usage on the rise across New York, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he wants a database established to assist law enforcement officers in their efforts to combat the drug and for funds to be available to help addicts.

Updated at 3:55 PM

HERKIMER — Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES has announced the registration dates for the pre-kindergarten program located at several school districts in Herkimer County for the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Updated at 3:51 PM

FRANKFORT — The Herkimer County Fair has announced the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople’s Association will award seven $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and students already enrolled in...

Updated at 3:30 PM

CLINTON — Nanotech is more than a buzzword around the Mohawk Valley — it is a movement that is reaching fever pitch.

Updated at 2:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature proposal, a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten, appears to be on life support, blocked by a governor and state lawmakers who stubbornly oppose such a tax in...

Updated at 2:49 PM

BUFFALO (AP) — With New York state about to take bids for its first non-Indian casinos, tribes looking to hold their ground have been upgrading their existing casinos and exploring new ones.

Updated at 2:43 PM

UTICA — Officials say an infant has died in a fire that caused heavy damage to the second-story of a Utica residence.

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