State makes $50 million available to farms for water projects

ALBANY (AP) — New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

The money is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2.5 Billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act. It’s aimed at helping large livestock farmers make sure there’s proper management and storage of nutrients, such as manure.

New York State has over 500 farms with more than 200 livestock, and most are dairy farms with 300 or more cows. Projects that get funded will help farmers meet new environmental requirements first announced in January.

The first of three application periods is currently open and closes Nov. 20. Grant awards will be made by mid-December.

An additional $15 million will be available in both 2018 and 2019.

USS Saratoga veterans gather in upstate for reunion

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) — Navy veterans who served aboard the two aircraft carriers named after the Battles of Saratoga are gathering near where the Revolutionary War battles were fought 240 years ago this fall.

The USS Saratoga veterans are holding their annual reunion this week in Saratoga Springs. The Saratogian reports more than 200 veterans and their spouses are attending the four-day event.

Activities include visiting nearby Saratoga National Historical Park, site of the American victory over the British in 1777.

Six Navy ships have been named Saratoga, including an aircraft carrier that saw service throughout World War II. This year marks the 75th anniversary of that ship’s participation in the Guadalcanal campaign.

Several veterans from the WWII-era carrier are attending the reunion.

A second carrier named Saratoga was launched in 1956 and served for nearly 40 years.

Police investigating suspected double homicide in Syracuse

SYRACUSE (AP) — Police in upstate New York say they are investigating a double homicide in Syracuse.

Syracuse police officials say officers responded to a call around 9:50 p.m. Monday at an apartment on the city’s west side, where they found two men who appeared to be wounded. Sgt. Richard Helterline says responders soon determined the men were dead.

Police haven’t said yet how the men were killed.

The identities of the two men are being withheld pending family notification.

Helterline says the investigation is in its early stages and additional information will be released when it becomes available.

State deploys drones in woods, beaches to protect environment

ALBANY (AP) — Unmanned drones are helping New York state environmental workers respond to oil spills and discover remote bat hibernation sites.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday they have 22 unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, deployed around the state. Officials say the low-flying drones have helped the agency monitor and protect the environment.

Drones have already been used to locate an oil spill in a Staten Island wetland and to map an invasive plant across 200 acres (80 hectares) of wetlands in St. Lawrence County.

Workers also used a drone with thermal sensors to detect underground bat hibernation sites last winter in Mineville in northern New York.

Woman, 81, recovering after being attacked by 3 dogs

PERU (AP) — An 81-year-old northern New York woman remains hospitalized after she was attacked on her property by a neighbor’s three dogs.

State police say the attack occurred last Friday afternoon as Loretta Timmons was at the end of her driveway in the Clinton County town of Peru, 135 miles north of Albany.

Troopers say Timmons was attacked by her neighbor’s 5-year-old American bulldog and two boxers.

A woman driving by saw the attack and managed to get the dogs away from Timmons. She was treated at a local hospital, then was transported UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, where she underwent surgery.

The victim’s family tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that her condition is improving.

The bulldog was euthanized. The other two dogs were quarantined.

Jury selection begins for bombing suspect

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection is underway in the trial of a New Jersey man charged with setting off a bomb in Manhattan that injured 30 people.

Federal Judge Richard Berman told prospective jurors in New York City Wednesday that the trial of Ahmad Khan Rahimi would last about two weeks. Opening statements are likely Monday.

Rahimi was arrested after a shootout with police two days after the Sept. 17, 2016, bomb went off in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Berman already has ruled that he will let jurors learn that a pipe bomb detonated near a charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and a bomb was left in an Elizabeth, New Jersey, trash can the same day.

A second Manhattan bomb did not explode. Berman reminded prospective jurors that Rahimi has pleaded not guilty.