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Friday, June 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:59 AM

Wal-Mart shooting suspect in custody

QUEENSBURY (AP) -- State police say the suspect in the shooting of a Wal-Mart employee outside an upstate New York store is in custody after being brought to a hospital for treatment of a drug overdose.

Troopers say an ambulance delivered 54-year-old Raymond White of Lake George, New York to Glens Falls Hospital early Thursday afternoon. Security officials recognized him as the man wanted for questioning in Wednesday night's shooting in neighboring Queensbury and called state police.

Officials say White was wanted in connection with the wounding a Wal-Mart employee who was shot while sitting in a vehicle parked outside the Queensbury store. The man is recovering.

Troopers say the victim knows White, who remains in police custody at the hospital. His medical condition is described as non-life-threatening.

Police say the investigation into the shooting continues.

State eases birth certificate gender policy

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state will no longer require transgender people to offer proof of surgery when they ask to change the gender on their birth certificate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Thursday, though the change won't apply to certificates issue in New York City.

The state's Department of Health will now issue revised birth certificates if people submit affidavits from medical providers stating they have received treatment for gender dysphoria. The change had long been sought by transgender advocates who said the old policy made it hard for transgender people to get jobs, enroll in school or apply for government benefits because their birth certificate didn't match their identity.

"This is significant news for many New Yorkers who remain vulnerable without matching identification documents," said Dru Levasseur, transgender rights project director at Lambda Legal. "... Having accurate documentation is necessary to people's lives, from employment to school to housing. These policy changes will have a real impact."

Federal agencies and four states have already enacted similar policy changes. New York's Department of Motor Vehicles has allowed transgender residents to change the gender on their licenses without proof of surgery since 1987.

     

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