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Local headlines February 6, 2011

Feb 06, 2011 9:10 am
Cascino pays fine for open burning
The Columbia Paper has a story on the latest fine paid by the owner of Bronx Recycling for burning wood pallets in a Copake drainage ditch in mid-December, around the same time he was being acquitted of illegal dumping in Clermont.

RPI revives business incubator
The Albany Business Journal has a piece about how Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is shifting back from a virtual to a brick and mortar incubator program located in downtown Troy, which nurtured more than 250 software, video game design, technology and pharmaceutical companies in its 30 years of operation and now hopes to do more.

Two men charged with operating marijuana grow house
Mid Hudson News Network is running a story about two Ulster County residents, 36 year old Jay Debberman, 36 and 64 year old Joe Barton, charged early February 4 with operating a marijuana grow operation in an apartment in rural Saugerties where officers found two pounds of processed marijuana, 26 marijuana plants, drug packaging material and scales. What makes this story interesting, and missed in its MHNN coverage, is that Barton is a longtime proponent of legalizing pot who has faced numerous similar arrests and built a history fighting each one through the courts, claiming a need for medical marijuana, as well as a veteran's wish to simply make a living.

Family displaced by fire
A Greenport home on Route 23B suffered fire and smoke damage Saturday afternoon, February 5, after a couch burst into flames from a faulty electrical outlet, leaving three homeless for the time being... and closing the highway for several hours.

Icy roads cause multiple accidents
The Daily Mail's Jim Planck takes a look at the numerous fender-benders, roll-overs, and other mishaps caused by yesterday's icy rains, albeit without too many details, due to the ongoing nature of the messy weather.

What Could Hudson Do With $10 Million?
Gossips of Rivertown references a North Country Public Radio News story about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's possible plans to sell up to ten state prisons and reimburse their host communities with cold hard cash.