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NEW WINDSOR (AP) A pilot was killed after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley, state police said Friday.

Trooper Steven Nevel said the accident happened around 2 p.m. Friday at Stewart International Airport in the Orange County town of New Windsor, where the New York Air Show is scheduled to take place this weekend.

The pilot was the only person in the plane. His name wasn't immediately released.

SYRACUSE (AP) Officials say two children were checked out at the New York State Fair's infirmary after two roller coaster cars bumped into each other during a ride.

Troy Waffner, acting fair director, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard he visited the children in the infirmary after the noontime incident Friday and talked to them. He said they were "shaken up a little.''

Waffner said two cars bumped into each other, apparently because of a combination of "minor mechanical error and a minor operator error.''

The ride, the Comet II, was shut down Friday afternoon.

BUFFALO (AP) The Seneca Nation of Indians says it will expand its Buffalo casino.

Tribal leaders on Friday outlined plans for a $40 million, two-story expansion at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino that will make room for more slot machines, table games, a non-smoking area and a steakhouse restaurant.

Construction is expected to start in October and be done in early 2017.

The Senecas opened the existing Buffalo casino in 2013.  A temporary casino operated at the site before then.

The western New York tribe also has casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca.

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The Memorial Art Gallery is offering free admission on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Instead of admission, the MAG will collect voluntary contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester in the wake of the shooting that happened in front of that club on Genesee Street last week. Three people were killed and four were injured.

The MAG's director, Jonathan Binstock, says it's just one way their museum feels they can help. 

M36 Captive Flight Training Missile
Ft. Drum

FORT DRUM (AP) Has anyone seen a stray missile?

The Army is asking the public for help finding a dummy missile lost Friday
morning during an Apache helicopter flight from Fort Drum in northern New York
to this weekend's air show at Stewart International Airport in the lower Hudson
Valley.

Fort Drum officials say the M36 Captive Flight Training Missile poses no risk
to the public because it's not explosive. The 100-pound steel casing is used to
simulate the weight of a missile during flight.

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center has just opened a new exhibit that it says will offer visitors an immersive science experience.

It's called Science on a Sphere, and it involved an interactive globe and 3-D data projection system which helps showcase natural phenomena such as atmospheric storms and planetary features in high resolution.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state is changing school immunization requirements to ensure children receive their final doses of three standard vaccines before entering school. 

Beginning Sept. 1, the state's Department of Health will require students to receive a complete series of immunizations for measles-mumps-rubella, polio and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis before starting school. Students who have received initial doses of the vaccines may attend school only if parents can show they have scheduled appointments for the final doses. 

Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.

The governor, after unsuccessfully trying to raise the minimum wage further through the legislature, appointed a wage board, which voted in July to increase the minimum wage for fast food worker to $15 an hour over the next several years. Cuomo spoke to jubilant fast food workers and union leaders when the vote was announced.

Letchworth Playgrounds To Be Modernized

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New York State will spend two and a half million dollars to upgrade playgrounds at 8 state parks, including Letchworth.

Governor Cuomo says it's part of a commitment to add or improve 100 playgrounds by 2020.

Playgrounds at the Highbanks Recreation Area, Cabin Area C and Highbanks Campground will be modernized.

The improvements include shade trees, canopies, seating, water fountains and trail connections. The new playgrounds should be ready for next year.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) American Pharoah has taken a glorious gallop around Saratoga Race Course to the cheers of thousands of fans the day before the Triple Crown winner runs in the Travers Stakes.

The turnout Friday morning may have been the largest to see American Pharoah on a day he isn't racing. Thousands lined the fences on pathways from the colt's barn to the track. As he ran past the grandstand, thousands more cheered and raised cellphones to capture the moment.

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