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ALBANY (AP) — A usually routine re-election vote for four members of the state Board of Regents scheduled for Tuesday has taken on drama amid widespread furor over the rollout of tough new academic standards.Lawmakers facing elections this year are feeling the heat from parents and educators on Common Core, a tougher curriculum standard in English and math designed to improve students’ college and career readiness.

Updated at 4:44 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Virginia has the top seed for this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday.

Updated at 4:34 PM

LITTLE FALLS — Voters will elect two members to the Little Falls City School District Board of Education on May 20 for three-year terms that will begin July 1.

Updated at 4:31 PM

LITTLE FALLS — A six-hour New York State Safety Program Defensive Driving Course will meet from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the Little Falls Family YMCA, 15 Jackson St., Little Falls.

Updated at 4:28 PM

Hot videoAn outdoorsman's video shows just how far a hungry bear will go for a snack in this viral video of a black bear climbing up a tree and out onto a wire in an attempt to grab a snack.

Updated at 4:27 PM

FORT PLAIN — Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community Church will sponsor a ham dinner on Sunday, March 16, at the church hall on Reid Street in Fort Plain.Dinner will be served home-style from noon to 4 p.m. and takeouts will be available.

Updated at 4:23 PM

LITTLE FALLS — Forty-two people donated blood at the Little Falls Elks Lodge on Feb. 10.First time donors were Heide Onish and Melissa Mosher.Helen Cleveland became a 10-gallon donor.

Updated at 4:20 PM

ALBANY — Library Advocacy Day was Feb. 26 in Albany and as the chair of the Senate Select Committees on Libraries, state Sen. Hugh Farley met with representatives from around the state, including members of the Central New York Library Association...

Updated at 3:54 PM

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised Monday to fund statewide full-day pre-kindergarten programs as soon as they’re ready, even as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed income tax surcharge appears to have stalled in Albany as a...

Updated at 3:50 PM

ALBANY — Housing is becoming unaffordable for millions of New Yorkers amid declining incomes and increasing costs for rent and home ownership, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday.

Updated at 3:46 PM

A Florida man has been accused of committing a hate crime after he allegedly assaulted a teenager in downtown Herkimer last week based on the boy's appearance and clothes he was wearing, authorities said.

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