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Officials update data on safety of fish

ALBANY (AP) -- New York conservation officials have updated the advice they give people about the safety of eating fish from the state's waterways.

Among this year's changes is the addition of the Lewiston Reservoir in Niagara County and part of the Beaver River in Lewis County to the advisory list. And there are changes in the fish species included in advisories for four Adirondack waters: Fall Lake in Hamilton County; Francis Lake in Lewis County; Schroon Lake in Warren and Essex counties; and Cumberland Bay on Lake Champlain.

There's also new guidance on eating fish and crabs from the Hudson River and avoiding eating fish or coming in contact with the water during blue-green algal blooms.

Most warnings involve contamination with chemicals, including mercury and PCBs.

The details are online at www.health.ny.gov/fish.

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Lawmakers propose relief for apple growers

ALBANY (AP) -- New York legislators say the state's important apple crop took a beating this spring.

State lawmakers are proposing the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act. They say apple growers have lost as much as 75 percent of this year's crop, a major commodity in New York.

Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez joined in the measure with State Sens. Hugh Farley and Patty Ritchie, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The Republicans say New York is the second largest apple growing state with 694 farms that employ more than 10,000 people.

The bill was announced Sunday at a Saratoga County apple orchard.

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Monroe County rapped for bonds issued in '02

ALBANY (AP) -- New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Monroe County officials used a local development corporation to issue bonds to cover operating expenses, saddling taxpayers with debt from "backdoor borrowing."

Auditors say the nonprofit Monroe Newpower Corp. created in 2002, was used to buy the county's 75-year-old coal-burning power plant for $7 million, money that was used to cover operating expenses, with another $33 million secured in Newpower bond anticipation notes that county taxpayers are repaying over 32 years.

County Chief Financial Officer Scott Adair told auditors the transaction was made a decade ago under a previous administration, it was lawful, and their report comes too late. He says the audit ignores county savings of more than $500,000 a year from the power plant.

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Barge begins moving shuttle to museum

NEW YORK -- The prototype space shuttle that arrived in New York City by air earlier this spring is on the move again, this time by sea.

The Enterprise had been parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport since it flew from Washington to New York atop a specially modified Boeing 747 jet.

The shuttle was placed on a barge Saturday and readied for a slow journey through the harbor to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Manhattan's West Side. The barge set off just before 8 a.m. Sunday, traveling across New York Harbor on a route passing the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Coney Island and under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Last stop: Port Elizabeth, N.J. where it is scheduled to remain until Tuesday. It will then be moved to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier.

The Enterprise goes on public display on July 19.

-- Associated Press and NY1 News