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More and more young adults have been gripped by compulsive gambling habits but the state has failed to provide the funding needed for a full-throttled public awareness campaign. more
Legislators are weighing in with their thoughts on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed $227 billion spending plan for the 2024 fiscal year, both positive and negative.  more
Winter’s control over upstate New York continues and National Grid reminds its customers to take advantage of programs that can help them pay and manage their winter energy bills. more

A young boater safety certificate course will be held at the Central New York Boat Show in Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 18. more
The upcoming bitter cold this weekend is especially dangerous to dogs, cats and other pets, so the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Central New York SPCA have some advice and tips. more
In her state-of-the-state address, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed strengthening New York’s approach to cybersecurity, but one local expert says that will likely take time. more
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will dip into the single digits — and below — on Friday and Saturday. more
The Village of Lyons Falls will receive $2.25 million in funding as one of the North Country region winners of the first round of NY Forward. Other winners included the Villages of Waddington and Cape Vincent, which will receive $2.25 million and $4.5 million, respectively. more
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed increasing state school aid by 10%, tuition hikes for public universities and raising cigarette taxes to a nation-high $5.35 per pack as part of her budget proposal Wednesday. more
New York could join 41 other states by raising its speed limit to 70 mph on the State Thruway and other state highways. more
County clerks are advising any notary that’s up for renewal soon not to go through the new Department of State’s online portal, which goes live Feb. 1. more
A 35-foot humpback whale washed ashore and later died on a New York beach, one of several cetaceans discovered over the past two months along the shores of New York and New Jersey. more
Numerous upstate hospitals are wrestling with fiscal shortfalls and staffing shortages that could be lessened by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates that only pay for a portion of care. more
If the debt ceiling is not raised and the U.S. defaults on its debt, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that it would be an “economic nightmare” for upstate New York. more
Following a nationwide recall for inclined sleep products for infants, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection urges all parents and caregivers to pay attention to product recalls. more
A scam targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, with claims that their benefits card has been locked, is making the rounds in Oneida County. more
A local lawmaker is trying to drive home a point with the New York State Thruway Authority, urging it to study a mileage-based numbering system for the 570-mile Thruway. more
Grant applications are now being accepted for up to $50,000 as part of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. more
Rep. Elise Stefanik announced she has been appointed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. more
State comptroller said the Office of Children and Family Services, a bureaucracy under the control of Gov. Kathy Hochul, should be doing more to ensure county child welfare agencies improve their response to child abuse complaints. more
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