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Gallup: More than 33 million American adults smoke marijuana

Gallup: More than 33 million American adults smoke marijuana

Thirteen percent of adults in the U.S. admit to smoking pot--a figured that has doubled since 2013.

Don't blame just Amsterdam for Mohawk River quality woes

MOHAWK VALLEY

Don't blame just Amsterdam for Mohawk River quality woes

Amsterdam’s recent 500,000 gallon spill of raw sewage in the vicinity of a creek that feeds into the Mohawk River is certainly alarming.

Skip flossing? Maybe there’s no need

Skip flossing? Maybe there’s no need

For decades, the federal government — not to mention your dentist — has insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fall out.

AMSTERDAM

State intervening in Amsterdam sewer break

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed two state agencies on Monday to assist Amsterdam in finding a permanent solution to its ongoing sewer infrastructure problem along Forest Avenue.

Schenectady County Legislature plans vote on tobacco-age law

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Schenectady County Legislature plans vote on tobacco-age law

Schenectady County legislators are set to vote at next week’s meeting whether to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the county from 18 to 21.

Doctors are improperly billing some on Medicare, U.S. says

Doctors are improperly billing some on Medicare, U.S. says

The people who are being billed improperly are “qualified Medicare beneficiaries” who are also enrolled in Medicaid. They are 65 and older or disabled and have low incomes, generally less than $1,010 a month for an individual or $1,355 for a married couple.

4 Zika cases in Florida are first tied to local mosquitoes

4 Zika cases in Florida are first tied to local mosquitoes

The CDC and Florida officials said that for now, the area of concern is limited to a square mile in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, a gentrifying area with restaurants and art galleries just north of downtown.

Bypass expected to end ongoing Amsterdam sewage leakage

AMSTERDAM

Bypass expected to end ongoing Amsterdam sewage leakage

Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa said crews expected to have the sewer line leak on Forest Avenue fixed by Thursday evening.

Amsterdam faces $55,000 penalty over sewer system violations

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam faces $55,000 penalty over sewer system violations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has hit Amsterdam with a $55,000 civil penalty for a series of environmental violations related to the Clean Water Act and the city’s sewer system.

2,000 meals -- a day in the life of the SICM summer program

SCHENECTADY

2,000 meals -- a day in the life of the SICM summer program

“I don’t like Cocoa Puffs, it’s too much chocolate,” 10-year-old Zariah Mosley said as she shuffled to a gazebo at Steinmetz Park where she and her fellow day campers dug into breakfast. “I want cinnamon. Cinnamon cereal.”

New hope for Rexford girl who suffers from rare illness

REXFORD

New hope for Rexford girl who suffers from rare illness

Eight years is a long time to wait, especially for a child. And when you’re a little child with a big health challenge, the wait can seem never ending.

Ballston Lake parents who lost child work to help others

ALBANY

Ballston Lake parents who lost child work to help others

The Brave Will Foundation presented $75,000 to the Journeys Program at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

AMSTERDAM

500,000 gallons of partially treated sewage spills into Mohawk River

A half-million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the Mohawk River early Wednesday morning because of an equipment failure at the Westside Pump Station, according to an alert sent out by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Healing garden at Seattle VA uses nature to comfort ailing vets, families

SEATTLE

Healing garden at Seattle VA uses nature to comfort ailing vets, families

Long before he became a professor of landscape architecture and a designer of healing gardens around the world, Daniel Winterbottom had a seed planted in his very own heart.

Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place

Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place

Junior Girl Scouts were about to increase their household's energy-saving habits by nearly 50 percent after completing a course on energy conversation.

The evolution of fitness in 10 iconic, wacky, life-changing trends

The evolution of fitness in 10 iconic, wacky, life-changing trends

We are always looking for new ways to feel, look and live better. And our approach to fitness has evolved along with our culture, from the charmingly simple Hula-Hoop of the 1950s to the fuzzy leg warmers of the 1980s to today's data-centric activity trackers.

Is granola 'healthy'? The public and nutritionists disagree

Is granola 'healthy'? The public and nutritionists disagree

Which foods are healthy? In principle, it’s a simple question, and a person who wishes to eat more healthily should reasonably expect to know which foods to choose at the supermarket and which to avoid. Unfortunately, the answer is anything but simple.

Three addiction outreach centers eyed

CAPITAL REGION

Three addiction outreach centers eyed

The Prevention Council of Saratoga County has received a $1.75 million state grant to establish a regional clearinghouse for addiction treatment services.

Growing interest in, access to sparklers concerns ER doctor

CAPITAL REGION

Growing interest in, access to sparklers concerns ER doctor

Dr. John Janikas doesn’t want to see or hear any of it. As director of emergency medicine at Albany Memorial Hospital and Troy’s Samaritan Hospital, Janikas is worried people could show up with injuries suffered during home fireworks shows.

GLOVERSVILLE

Nathan Littauer Hospital breaks ground on dialysis center

Nathan Littauer Hospital recently broke ground on a dialysis center that hospital officials hope to open by early next year.

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