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New York State Bar Association

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Bar Association will kick off a campaign this week in support of a constitutional convention.

New York voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to authorize a convention that could propose changes to the state Constitution. The state lawyers' group is one of many organizations making arguments on both sides of the issue.

The bar association will launch a campaign Tuesday arguing that a convention could lead to fewer barriers to voter participation and more protections for the rights of New Yorkers.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — High school coaches in New York are being encouraged to talk to their athletes about safe driving — and they could win $3,000 cash for their efforts.

The "Coaches Care" contest announced by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is meant to tap into the coaches' influence as role models.

Varsity coaches at participating districts will be given materials to guide discussions about safe driving at team meetings throughout the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. At the end of the season, student athletes will answer survey questions.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina's defense allowed only three points for the second straight week, and Graham Gano converted three field goals as the Panthers held on to defeat the Buffalo Bills 9-3 on Sunday.

The Panthers (2-0) held Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in check all day, limiting the Bills (1-1) to 176 yards and 10 first downs. McCoy had 9 yards on 12 carries and Taylor had 125 yards passing. The Panthers had three sacks, two by Julius Peppers in his first home game since re-signing with them.

The Panthers needed a late stop to seal the win.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status.

The new rule bars state police and other state law enforcement agencies from asking about a person's right to be in the country when they're the victim of a crime or a witness.

It also means state agencies won't be able to share a person's immigration status with federal authorities, except in certain situations, such as a law enforcement investigation.

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — The National Women's Hall of Fame will add 10 inductees this weekend while also celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in New York.

The hall in Seneca Falls, site of the first women's rights convention, inducts a new class every two years.

Three inductees this year will be honored posthumously Saturday. They are "A Raisin in the Sun" playwright Lorraine Hansberry, former Connecticut congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce and geneticist Janet Rowley.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say New York state paid out $1.4 billion in Medicaid funds to care providers who didn't follow the state's rules.

A report published Tuesday by the Office of the Inspector General found that many providers failed to document patient assessments or provide written care plans to elderly and disabled New York residents receiving at-home care.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented.

A Board of Regents committee on Monday approved the reworked Next Generation Learning Standards for English and math, with plans to fully implement them with the start of the 2020-21 school year. Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says that will give teachers and students time to adjust before the standards become the basis for statewide testing.

NY Guard Capt. Mark Getman


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending units of the New York Army and Air National Guard to two southern states to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma.

Cuomo says 10 Blackhawk helicopters and 55 soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed Monday to Florida. The unit operates out of airports in Rochester, Albany and Long Island. The crews are flying to Richmond, Virginia, and are scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. 

Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for passing tools to killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, enabling their escape from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015. 

The subsequent three-week manhunt ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat captured near the Canadian border. 

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the new-look Bills beat the New York Jets 21-12 on Sunday in Sean McDermott's debut as Buffalo's coach.

Mike Tolbert also scored on a 1-yard run , while Buffalo's defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown's pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter.