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NEW YORK GAMBLING

22 upstate casino proposals submitted in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Contenders hoping to win the right to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods.

A state gambling panel on Thursday released the names of organizations pitching 22 different casino proposals. Wednesday was the deadline for interested parties to pay a $1 million application fee.

Four casinos are authorized in three regions: the Albany-Saratoga region, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.

The Catskills attracted the most bidders, with several competing proposals for Orange County, fifty miles north of New York City.

Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment that authorizes the casinos, which are intended to spur upstate tourism.

Complete applications are due June 30. A state panel will recommend its choices to the Gaming Commission.

TRAIN MASSACRE-PRISON

Court: Riot attempted by NY commuter train killer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York court says the gunman who killed six and wounded 19 people on a New York commuter train about two decades ago tried to incite a deadly riot at an upstate prison.

The Appellate Division justices say videotape, testimony and a prison misbehavior report provide substantial evidence that Colin Ferguson threatened violence and conspired to riot.

A corrections officer reported hearing the 56-year-old inmate encouraging others to riot and use weapons to kill guards.

Ferguson is now at Upstate Correctional Facility and eligible for parole in 285 years with convictions for murder, attempted murder and weapon possession.

He boarded a Long Island Rail Road train in Queens on Dec. 7, 1993, fired methodically over several minutes, reloading at least once, before he was tackled by passengers.

ATTICA RIOT-DOCUMENTS

Judge OKs partial release of Attica riot papers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has approved public disclosure of two remaining volumes from an investigation into the 1971 Attica prison riot and aftermath, but he is excluding grand jury excerpts.

Justice Patrick NeMoyer says it's now up to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn), who has the entire 1975 Meyer Commission report, to publicly release those volumes after removing any evidence from grand jury investigations into possible crimes.

Schneiderman asked court permission to reveal the fuller history of the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion and answer the questions of families whose loved ones died.

NeMoyer says it's up to Schneiderman whether to also remove other names and identifying information that might identify grand jury witnesses and targets, something Schneiderman has proposed.

In all, 11 staff and 32 inmates died - most shot by officers.

PHARMACIST-MISSING PILLS

Pharmacist pleads not guilty to taking 700 pills

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A former Walgreens pharmacist has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he diverted more than 700 prescription painkiller pills for his own use.

Rutland police say 32-year-old Brandon Cigana of Whitehall, N.Y., had worked at the store since April 2013. The manager told police he discovered some pills were missing after reviewing an internal loss-prevention report in February.

Cigana, who was fired in March, was accused of making "inventory adjustments" on the computer last year. He also was the only pharmacist on duty during a day in February when some pills went missing.

Cigana was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of obtaining a regulated drug by fraud or deceit.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Teen struck, killed while walking on rural NY road

CORFU, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man has been struck and killed by a vehicle while walking along a road in a rural western New York village.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office says Dean Cullinan of Corfu was walking his bicycle in the east-bound lane of Route 33 in his hometown, located 25 miles east of Buffalo.

Deputies say a west-bound vehicle driven by a 31-year-old Corfu man hit Cullinan shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Cullinan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say Cullinan was wearing dark-colored clothing and the driver didn't see him walking in the road.

Deputies say their investigation is continuing.

BUS-SEMI CRASH-SOLDIER

Canada honors American soldier for crash heroics

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - A soldier stationed at Fort Drum in northern New York is being honored by the Canadian government for rescuing more than two dozen passengers from a burning charter bus after it was rear-ended on an upstate highway in 2011.

The Watertown Daily Times that Staff Sgt. Jacob Perkins of Mountain Grove, Mo., will receive the Medal of Bravery from Canada's governor general during a ceremony Thursday in Ottawa.

Perkins was headed home on leave in July 2011 when he saw a tractor-trailer hit the rear of a bus on the Thruway in central New York. The bus was taking a group from Ontario, Canada to New York City.

Perkins pulled 26 passengers from the burning bus. All 52 on board survived. The truck driver was the only fatality.

FLAGS HALF-STAFF

Flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor of a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday says the flags will be lowered Thursday.

The Defense Department said Specialist Kerry Danyluk of Cuero, Texas, was injured on April 12 and died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on April 15.

Danyluk was wounded when enemy forces attacked his unit in Logar Province.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

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