August 4, 2014
Third-party hopefuls abandon bids for governor
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race have given up — leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.
Green Party nominee Paul Glover and the Libertarian Party's Ken Krawchuk said they could not gather the nearly 17,000 petition signatures needed to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot by Friday's deadline.
Glover blames his failed bid on the large number of signatures required, his campaign's low public profile and a lack of more money to pay signature gatherers.
Krawchuk says third-party candidates actually must raise many more than the minimum number of signatures as insurance against petition challenges.
Statewide major-party candidates need to gather only 2,000 signatures, but they have to then win the nomination in the primary election.
NY puts casino applications online
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People can now examine the 17 proposals to build casinos around upstate New York with a click of a mouse.
State gambling regulators said Friday that they have posted each of the applications on their agency website. The applications run for thousands of pages, though certain financial details aren't subject to the open records law have been redacted.
The developers behind the applications are hoping to win one of up to four casino licenses set to be awarded for three different regions. The licenses will be divided among the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.
A state board is now reviewing the applications and is expected to make a decision this fall.
The applications are posted at http://www.gaming.ny.gov/gaming/casinos.php
Schumer calls for federal rules on drone use
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says privately operated drone aircraft are posing a threat to safety and privacy and should be regulated by the federal government.
The Democrat says New York has become "the wild west" for private drones since a court case limited the federal government's ability to regulate the use of the small, remote controlled aircraft.
Schumer says that while civilian drones have beneficial uses they can pose a hazard to other aircraft or pedestrians. He also says there have been incidents in which drones are used by private investigators to spy on people.
The senator on Sunday called for new federal rules on private and commercial use of drones. He says he also wants to see bans on the use of drones by private investigators.
New York state expands bear hunting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is loosening restrictions on bear hunting to limit the animals' population growth.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new bear management plan this week that calls for a special early bear hunting season in September in areas of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley region.
The new plan makes other slight changes to bear hunting rules, including bear hunting seasons in every county north of New York City.
The state says the rules are designed to increase hunting opportunities and manage bear populations. The plan also includes scientific monitoring of the number of black bears in New York state.
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