News from the Associated Press - June 19, 2014

Associated Press
June 19, 2014

Officials: Tornado struck central New York

VERONA, N.Y. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado packing winds up to 100 mph touched down in central New York.

The storm hit the Oneida County Town of Verona about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service says it left a nine-mile path of damage into the neighboring Town of Westmoreland, knocking down road signs and tearing the roof from a gas station.

Preliminary results indicate it was an EF-1 tornado, and it's the second twister to hit upstate New York in the past month.

An EF3-rated tornado with winds up to 140 mph tore through Duanesburg in rural Schenectady County in late May. It flipped over at least two tractor-trailer rigs, overturned two 5-ton storage units, leveled one home, and knocked down trees and power lines but caused no injuries.

 

NY lawmakers craft legislation to cut heroin abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers have agreed on legislation to curb the growing heroin epidemic in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday the eight bills include requiring insurance companies to better cover substance-abuse treatment, creating a statewide public awareness campaign to prevent opioid use and harsher penalties to crack down on illegal drug distribution.

The legislation would also require every anti-overdose kit, which contains the drug naloxone, to include an information card on how to administer the drug and how to recognize the symptoms of a heroin and opioid overdose.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says there were more than 89,000 heroin and prescription opiate treatment cases in New York last year, up from roughly 63,000 in 2004.

Experts say today's heroin is cheaper and more potent than it was in the 1980s.

 

Big coal company sues over carbon emissions rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation's largest coal companies has sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Murray Energy, based in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Murray Energy says it's the nation's largest privately owned coal company. It employs 7,200 people in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Utah. It calls the EPA regulations illegal and argues they'll destroy jobs.

EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.

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