News from the Associated Press - December 11, 2013

Associated Press
December 11, 2013

Cuomo to announce millions in job grants statewide

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will play host to his latest event that will award about $750 million in job grants to 10 regions statewide.

The Economic Development Corp. event will dispense state tax breaks for new and expanding companies, borrowing authority and cash to the economic development proposals judged to have the most promise in each region. Most involve a partnership with existing companies and local colleges.

Wednesday's event is exciting for local officials from around the state who learn whether they've won and how big a piece of the state economic development pie they will get.

Cuomo has taken the state's annual economic development fund and set up 10 regional councils of local leaders to try to develop proposals that would work best for each area.


Tank cars carrying crude oil derail in NY; No leak

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say there were no leaks or injuries when several tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in western New York.

Local media report that three cars tipped on their side and two remained upright in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga Tuesday morning.

A CSX spokesman says the train was traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.


Report: Hospital-acquired infections decline in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A report from the state Health Department says the number of infections acquired by patients while in New York hospitals continues to decline.

The sixth-annual report on hospital-acquired infections found that since 2007 the rate of central-line associated blood stream infections has fallen 53 percent and rates of surgical site infections fell by 16 percent.

The report released Tuesday presents 2012 hospital-acquired infection rates identified by hospitals for surgical site infections related to colon, cardiac bypass, hip replacement and hysterectomies.

The report says the decline in blood stream infections has saved an estimated $18 million to $72 million in health care costs. It says the decline in surgical site infections has saved between $12 million and $35 million.


Pa. joins NE, Atlantic states in pollution action

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is joining a petition with eight other northeast and mid-Atlantic states to ask the federal government to require nine upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions.

Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he hopes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ensures that other states abide by the same standards that Pennsylvania has.

The petition is aimed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. It seeks what it says are long-overdue commitments from the upwind states to reduce emissions carried by prevailing winds that contribute to the formation of ozone in the downwind states.

Other states signing the petition include Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The EPA is required to approve or disapprove of the petition within 18 months.

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