News from the Associated Press - January 10, 2014

Associated Press
January 10, 2014

NY power grid meets new record electrical demand

RENSSLEAR, N.Y. (AP) — The operators of New York state's power grid say the system has successfully met a new record peak winter demand for electricity resulting from this week's arctic weather conditions.

The New York Independent System Operator said Thursday that electricity demand hit a winter record high of 25,738 megawatts on Tuesday evening. The old record was 25,541 megawatts on Dec. 20, 2004.

Summer peak demand is typically higher; it hit a record of 33,956 megawatts during a heat wave last July.

The state's electrical generators are capable of producing 40,196 megawatts, and additional power is available from beyond New York.


Cuomo taps NY farmer for state agriculture chief

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated an upstate New York farmer to be the state's new agriculture commissioner.

Richard Ball has owned and operated the 200-acre Schoharie Valley Farms in Schoharie for two decades. If confirmed, he'll head the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

His farm sells to consumers through at an onsite farm market and ships to brokers and restaurants in the region and New York City.

Ball is a board member of the New York Farm Bureau, a post he'll give up.


NY school lunch yogurt pilot program expanded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Based on the success of a three-month pilot program in New York and three other states, officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to expand a program adding Greek yogurt to school lunches.

Sen. Charles Schumer on Thursday said participating schools in New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona consumed 200,000 pounds of Chobani Greek yogurt during the three-month pilot program last fall. Chobani is made in New York, which leads the U.S. in Greek yogurt production.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Richard Hanna announced Thursday that USDA has decided to expand the Greek yogurt school lunch program to four additional states during the next school year. The states haven't been chosen yet.

A bidding process will determine which company will supply the Greek yogurt in the selected states.


Candidates for governor to appear at W. Pa. forum

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Eight of the Democratic Party candidates for governor are scheduled to appear at a forum in Pittsburgh.

The forum will be held on Jan. 26 at Carnegie Mellon University's McConomy Auditorium. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the forum begins at 2 p.m.

The candidates are former Department of Environmental Protection secretaries John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, Pentecostal minister Max Myers, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County and former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

They're seeking the nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Tom Corbett.

The forum is sponsored by the 14th Ward Democratic Committee and other local Democratic groups.

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