News from the Associated Press - May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

Crude oil shipper switching to safer tanker cars

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A fuel shipping company says it will voluntarily start requiring compliance with updated rail car standards for all crude oil trains arriving at its East and West Coast terminals, starting in upstate New York and Oregon.

Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., says Wednesday it will only accept trains consisting entirely of the new type of cars, which are more resistant to puncturing and leakage in a derailment like the one that killed 47 people in Canada last year.

The new policy will take effect June 1 at Global's terminals in Albany and Clatskanie, Ore.

The so-called CPC-1232 standards for new tanker cars were developed by the American Railroads Tank Car Committee for cars ordered since October 2011. There are still tens of thousands of older DOT-111 cars on the tracks.

 

NY retains sports attorney in bid to keep Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has retained a key sports business legal expert to assist in the state's bid to prevent the Buffalo Bills from relocating.

The Empire State Development board approved extending a contract with Foley & Lardner, and specifically the law firm's partner Irwin Raij. The extension was authorized April 16, three weeks after Bills owner Ralph Wilson died.

Raij specializes in stadium development projects and lease agreements. In 2012, he played a role in helping the state and Erie County negotiate a 10-year lease agreement with the Bills to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The lease included a strict non-relocation clause that makes it difficult for the franchise to move before 2020.

 

NY state unveils tunnel options for I-81 rebuild

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — State transportation officials have revealed four tunnel plans that could be part of the project to reconstruct Interstate 81 where it runs through the city of Syracuse.

Department of Transportation officials say the tunnels would replace the elevated stretch of I-81 in downtown Syracuse. DOT will discuss the tunnel proposals during a public meetings being held Thursday at the Everson Museum.

The state is gathering public opinion regarding the various proposals for the aging stretch of the highway in Syracuse. The plans include rebuilding the highway or tearing down the elevated portion and turning it into a boulevard with stop lights and cross streets.

The north-south I-81 runs from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania line near Binghamton, and it's used by thousands of vehicles a day in Syracuse.

 

2 soldiers from Ft. Drum killed in Afghanistan

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Military officials say two U.S. soldiers serving in the 10th Mountain Division have died the same day after separate attacks in Afghanistan.

Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York say 24-year-old Sgt. Shawn Farrell of Accord in Ulster County died Monday from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Kapisa province.

Fort Drum officials say 20-year-old Pfc. Christian Chandler of Trenton, Texas, also died Monday when his unit was attacked in Logar province.

Farrell joined the Army after graduating from Rondout Valley High School in 2008. He began his second tour in Afghanistan in November. Farrell's survivors include his wife and parents.

Chandler joined the Army in October 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan in October. He's survived by his mother and stepfather.

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