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Corrections officer dies in prison van crash

ULSTER (AP) -- A prison van collided with another vehicle Friday on the Thruway and rolled over, killing a state corrections officer.

The crash happened near Kingston, about 80 miles north of New York City, as officers were transporting a prisoner to the Albany area for medical treatment, state police said.

The dead officer was identified as Casimiro Pomales, 52, of Kerhonkson, who worked at Eastern Correctional Facility.

A second officer, the prisoner and two people in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. The vehicles might have collided during a lane change, police said. It wasn't clear which officer was driving the van.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on state office buildings to be flown at half-staff.

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Airport growth study warns of obstacles

NEW YORK (AP) -- A study calls for new runways and other expansions at two of the three main airports serving New York region.

But the report released this week by the Regional Plan Association, an advocacy group, also warns of major obstacles, including environmental laws and development that has eaten up land around the airports.

It offered four options to expand Kennedy airport, each calling for one or two new runways. Three of the four options would require filling in parts of Jamaica Bay, a part of the federally protected Gateway National Recreational Area.

At New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, it recommended building a third north-south runway.

There is no room for expansion at LaGuardia airport, it concluded.

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Former 3-term mayor to seek post again

ROCHESTER (AP) -- A former three-term mayor of Rochester will run for the office again.

Democrat William Johnson, a political outsider when he became the city's first black mayor in 1994, has announced his candidacy for a March 29 special election to succeed Robert Duffy, who is now New York's lieutenant governor.

Johnson, 68, stepped down in 2005 after serving three four-year terms. He said he is running again to give voters a choice among Democrats.

Acting Mayor Thomas Richards resigned after just 18 days in office over questions about his legitimacy for the position and whether he would violate the federal Hatch Act by running for the permanent mayor's post in the special election.

The new acting mayor is R. Carlos Carballada, 75, a Canisius College alum who grew up in Buffalo.

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Woman sentenced in death of daughter

OSWEGO (AP) -- A Central New York woman has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for the death of her 9-month-old daughter, who was left inside a camper during 90-degree weather last summer.

Sara Landers, 22, of Fulton was sentenced Friday.

Authorities said Reba Jean Barton died from the extreme heat in the closed camper after she was left alone for about two hours July 5. The trailer was in the Town of Volney, 23 miles northwest of Syracuse.

WSYR-TV in Syracuse says Landers went swimming and left her daughter in the camper. She died of hyperthermia.

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