News from the Associated Press - July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

Recreational projects funded for Adirondacks

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for several projects to expand and improve outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Indian Lake will receive $750,000 to repair and upgrade the Lake Abanakee Dam on the Indian River to bring the dam into compliance with state dam safety regulations. The upgrade will also allow continued water releases from the dam for rafters who paddle down the Indian River into the Hudson River.

The towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson in Essex County and Indian Lake and Long Lake in Hamilton County will receive a total of $250,000 to develop horseback riding facilities to support a new network of horse trails.

A three-mile trail to OK Slip Falls in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness officially opened to the public on Sunday.

 

Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New York-based credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania's debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.

Monday's downgrade of $11.1 billion general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 means Pennsylvania is ranked among the six worst states in Moody's ratings for the 47 states with general obligation debt.

Moody's cited Pennsylvania's growing structural deficit and weak reserves. It also says the state's modest economic growth is unlikely to keep up with its growing pension liabilities.

Fitch Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania last year, and Standard & Poor's has warned it could downgrade Pennsylvania if it didn't see significant strides to address deficits and pension liabilities.

 

NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012.

New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children.
The number of children who didn't graduate from high school in four years decreased from 33 percent in 1990 to 22 percent in 2012. The number of teen births decreased, and the number of children in high-poverty areas remained stable at 17 percent.

The number of children in single parent families increased by 24 percent from 1990 to 2012.

 

Pennsylvania couple wants gay marriage validated

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Two northwestern Pennsylvania women want a judge to validate their marriage, which occurred with a license issued by a rogue county clerk before this year's landmark decision that nixed a state law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The Erie Times-News reports Tiffany Jo Titus and Wendy Allison Titus were married in Erie County in August after obtaining a license from Montgomery County Orphans' Court Clerk D. Bruce Hanes. Hanes issued about 200 licenses last year after Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she wouldn't defend Pennsylvania's marriage law.

A federal judge, in May, has since struck down Pennsylvania's law, but the status of the women's marriage remains in "limbo," according to their attorney.

An Erie County judge has scheduled a Sept. 15 hearing on their request to have the marriage validated.

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