News from the Associated Press - December 3, 2013

Associated Press
December 3, 2013

Upstate NY nuke plant shuts down with pump problem

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) - The Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear plant on Lake Ontario has been taken off-line after pumps that circulate water through the reactor shut off while being shifted to a lower speed.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group spokeswoman Jill Lyon says the plant will remain off-line until all repairs are made and verified.

The shutdown occurred Monday morning. The company said the Unit 1 reactor was not affected and remains at 100 percent power.

Lyon said Nine Mile 2 had been operating at about 78 percent power since last Tuesday as crews made repairs to the feed water heating system. As part of that work, operators reduced power further to help with the repairs, and when they shifted the pumps to a slower speed both pumps shut down.


NY group examining North Country health care

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state has established a commission to improve health care systems for preventive, medical, behavioral and long-term care for the communities across northern New York.

The North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission's tasks include assessing the current scope of care and needs in the region, where health officials say there is a shortage of physicians and other primary care practitioners, as well as fragmented, widely dispersed services.

It is to recommend restructuring and capitalization measures, identify merger and partnership possibilities and recommend distribution of re-investment grants.

The 18-member commission is scheduled to submit findings by March 31.


NY OKs in-house counsel for pro bono legal work

NEW YORK (AP) - State judicial officials have authorized in-house lawyers with out-of-state licenses to do pro bono work in New York as part of a broad effort to meet more legal needs of residents who can't afford them.

The new rule taking effect Wednesday applies to lawyers in good standing in another state or U.S. territory or the District of Columbia.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says the rule "leverages the legal skills of thousands of highly experienced out-of-state attorneys" who work for corporations and businesses in New York, one of the world's commercial centers.

Court officials have taken other steps to increase free legal work, requiring 50 hours of pro bono service before getting a New York law license and setting that as an annual goal for all lawyers.

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