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Local headlines Saturday, February 5, 2011

Feb 05, 2011 2:44 pm
Snow days put school to the test
The Daily Mail, along with most of our local papers, looks at what Catskill school superintendent Kate Farrell and others are thinking about how to make up for snow days, with all allotted days for the white stuff now expended. Watch out for the upcoming February and Easter breaks disappearing...

History happened here: The crime commission comes to town
The Register-Star's Andrew Amelinckx has a fine look back at the days when Hudson's Columbia Street was still named Diamond, and a major center for prostitution and other vices, focusing on one great bust and a major crime commission investigation into city corruption.

Community mobilizes to help family which lost house to fire
The Ravena News-Herald gets to the core of what keeps our small towns together in a piece about how neighbors are helping out a Coeymans Hollow family who lost their home.

Not an emergency?
The Woodstock Times' Violet Snow has a great piece about how the state has refused to go along with a plan from officials and residents of flood-ravaged Phoenicia, in Ulster County, to clean out where two streams meet so as to protect their Main Street from reoccurring high waters. The DEC says the application was incomplete...

State jobs pacts in play
The Times Union's Rick Karlin reports on talks, now underway behind closed doors, between Gov. Andrew Cuomo's people and the unions representing state employees, who have been warned about major cut backs in the coming months. Expect the press releases and marches to start soon...

State prison inmate indicted for seeking $650 million in federal refunds

The Mid Hudson News Network has a little item on an inmate at the Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, 47 year old Ronald Williams, being indicted on eight counts of filing false claims against the United States for payment of over $650 million in tax refunds.

It is now official the Year of the Hare.

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