News from the Associated Press - December 9, 2013

Associated Press
December 9, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers in Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, suburban Buffalo and other communities will be wearing blue and rallying as part of a national "Day of Action" today. Beyond pressing for more funding, New York educators are also demanding a three-year moratorium on some of the consequences out of the new Common Core education standards.


Environmentalists, unions seek to fix gas leaks

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. The huge national effort could cost $82 billion.

The leaks are a problem because methane, the primary component of natural gas, is explosive in high concentrations and is also a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 30,000 miles of decades-old, decaying cast-iron pipe are still being used to deliver gas nationwide.

The Sierra Club, the United Steelworkers, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Consumers Union and several other groups are supporting


NY audit: Upstate city lost 389M gals. of water

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — There appears to be some big leaks in Little Falls.
Local media report that an audit conducted by the New York state comptroller's office found that the Mohawk River city of 5,000 used or delivered only 330 million gallons of water out of the 719 millions of gallons treated in 2011.

City officials say most of the other 389 million gallons likely was lost to leaks in the water system, which is well over a century old.

Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters says about 20 leaks were detected in 2011 and the city's Department of Public works has been addressing those leaks. But he says once one leak is fixed, another pops up.

Peters says replacing the system could cost tens of millions of dollars the city doesn't have.


NY getting $9M from FCC to expand rural broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say companies in New York are getting almost $9 million as part of $260 million national program to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission says the money will go to communications carriers FairPoint, Frontier Communications, and Windstream.

It will provide service to 16,000 homes and businesses in areas considered unlikely to see expansion of broadband without the funding.


Governor to name Pa.'s top teacher on Monday

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania educator is going to the head of the class.
Gov. Tom Corbett plans to name the state's teacher of the year on Monday. The announcement will be made during an awards program in Hershey.

The winner will be chosen from among 12 finalists.

They hail from Cumberland, Centre, Lebanon, Delaware, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Montgomery and Jefferson counties.

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