WXXI AM News

Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Donato and Ryan Zapolski got knocked down, but they got up again and led the Americans into the quarterfinals at the Olympics. Town of Greece native Brian Gionta is the captain for Team USA.

parks.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Attendance at state parks rose last year once again, with 71.5 million visitors to parks and historic sites across New York state.

That's according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced last week that 2017 attendance was up by 950,000 visitors compared to the previous year. The Democrat says it marked the seventh straight year of attendance growth for the system of 180 state parks and 35 historic sites.

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's favorability and re-election ratings falling just a month after a survey of registered New York state voters gave the Democrat some of the highest ratings during his two terms. 

The Siena College poll finds 53 percent of voters view Cuomo favorably, while 40 percent said they don't. That compares to 62-30 percent in last month's Siena poll. 

Pollster Steve Greenberg said 50 percent of those who took part in the survey said they'd re-elect Cuomo, compared to 55 percent last month.

Drew Broderick

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP & WXXI News)  Perrine Laffont put France in the medals column at the Winter Olympics, skiing through the bumps and snow to take the women's moguls title Sunday night.

The 19-year-old Laffont gave her country its first women's gold medal in the 26-year history of the event.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order that bans all New York State agencies and authorities from conducting business with companies that tolerate or promote discrimination.

The Democrat also said he's supporting legislation that will ban the use of a "gay panic" defense in which a person charged with attacking someone attempts to blame the victim's sexual orientation for a violent reaction.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 350 nonprofit organizations serving people throughout New York are urging state officials to increase funding for building repairs, technology upgrades and other critical improvements.

The groups will hold an infrastructure fair at the state Capitol Monday to highlight the need facing organizations that run community centers, health clinics and other non-profit facilities.

www.npr.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The union representing New York correction officers says new security methods are needed to reduce the amount of contraband smuggled into state prisons, while prison officials say more prohibited items are being seized than ever before. 

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said this week that the number of incidents involving contraband at the state's 54 prisons more than doubled over the last decade, from 2,540 incidents in 2008 to 5,231 incidents last year. 

wbfo.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State will replace hundreds of tourism signs along its highways after officials in Washington said the state would lose $14 million in federal funding if the signs weren't removed. 

State officials announced Friday evening that they will install new signs this summer and will consult with the federal government on the signs' designs. 

wbfo.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The hundreds of tourism signs the Cuomo administration installed along New York's highways could wind up costing the state $14 million in federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration sent a letter Thursday to New York transportation officials saying the state stands to lose the funding for failing to remove the 500-plus signs.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu. 

In releasing the latest flu statistics Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get the flu vaccine. The Democrat says flu cases and hospitalizations ``continue to rise at alarming levels.'' 

Health officials say the total confirmed flu cases during the past week reached 11,683, with 2,221 people hospitalized with confirmed influenza. 

Pages