News from the Associated Press - June 23, 2014

Associated Press
June 23, 2014

NY yogurt makers picked for school lunch program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - School children in seven states will be eating New York yogurt this fall under a school lunch program operated by the federal government.

U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced that Chobani and Upstate Niagara won a bid to supply yogurt for the program.

The pilot initiative will provide yogurt to students in Arizona, California, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, New York and Mississippi for the first month of the school year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to consider proposals to provide yogurt for the rest of the school year.

Gillibrand says the involvement by the state's yogurt industry is great news for the state's dairy industry.

 

NY lawmakers approve adding 25 family court judges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - While the current state budget funds 20 more family court judges statewide, intended to help ease crowded dockets, legislators have approved 25 new judgeships.

Most would take office next year, following upstate elections in November.

The legislation, if signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would add nine more judges in New York City, where they are appointed.

Others would be elected this fall in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties and take office Jan. 1.

Others would be elected next year and seated in 2016 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties.

 

Ex-US Attorney General Thornburgh has mild stroke

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney General and former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh after suffering a mild stroke.

His wife Ginny Thornburgh tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the stroke happened Saturday at their weekend home in Ligonier.

She says a doctor told her that 81-year-old Dick Thornburgh "will do well from a recovery point of view." She says he's resting comfortably at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

As governor in 1979, Thornburgh led the state during the Three Mile Island nuclear crisis. The Republican later served as U.S. attorney general under both presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Bush appointed him undersecretary general of the United Nations after Thornburgh lost a Senate race in 1991.

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