2 rescued from chilly Lake Champlain after boat capsizes
PERU (AP) — Authorities say two people have been rescued after their boat overturned near Lake Champlain’s shoreline.
The Clinton County Emergence Service’s Office tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that a lakeside resident reported a possible vessel in distress around 11 p.m. Tuesday off the town of Peru, 135 miles north of Albany.
Local emergency crews rescued a man and a woman who were clinging to an overturned pontoon boat.
Emergency officials say the two had been in the 54-degree water for at least 90 minutes before being rescued. The man was treated at the scene and released, while the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
Authorities say the couple said they had spent Memorial Day weekend in Burlington, Vermont, and were on their way back home when their boat capsized.
New York set to boost funding for after-school programs
ALBANY (AP) — New York state is setting aside $35 million to expand after-school programs.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funds on Tuesday.
The Democrat says the investment in the youngest New Yorkers is an investment in the state’s “very future” and will help “level the playing field” for children from vulnerable communities.
The money will go to schools with high childhood poverty rates. Officials say eligible districts can be found throughout the state.
It’s part of an effort by state leaders to boost after-school enrollment by 36 percent, or more than 20,000 students statewide.
NY Blood Center, Humane Society reach deal on care of chimps
ALBANY (AP) — The New York Blood Center has reached a deal to provide for the long-term care of more than 60 Liberian chimpanzees formerly used in medical research.
Under an arrangement announced Tuesday the organization will pay $6 million to the Humane Society of the United States, which has agreed to assume responsibility for the animals.
The animals were used in the testing of a vaccine for Hepatitis B. The Blood Center ended the research in 2006.
The Humane Society will provide food, medical care and facilities for the chimpanzees, which are dependent on human care after years in captivity.
The society will also seek to raise private funds to cover the costs of future care.
Some of the animals could live for another 40 years or more.