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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — The first two of 12 massive beer tanks being delivered to upstate New York's Genesee Brewery are scheduled to be off-loaded at the company's downtown Rochester facility this weekend.

The fermentation tanks built in China arrived this week in the Rochester area via barges on the Erie Canal. They started their 225-mile (362-kilometer) voyage two weeks ago at the waterway's terminus near Albany.

The tanks are 20 feet (6.1 meters) wide and 60 feet (18.3 meters) tall, making them too big to be hauled long distances by truck or rail.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is pushing a major clean energy job initiative in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from an international pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced $1.5 billion for renewable energy projects such as wind, solar arrays, hydro and fuel cell to advance a state goal of achieving 50 percent of electricity from renewables by 2030.

Democrat Cuomo says the investment will produce 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020.

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state tax officials say they stopped more than 330,000 suspicious refund claims this year.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance estimates that the halted refunds total about $480 million.

New York receives about 10 million personal income tax returns.

Tax officials rely on an analytics system that determines when to process a refund request and when it requires greater scrutiny. The system is designed to detect things like unwarranted deductions and business expenses.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden echoed some of the same veiled criticism of the Republican Trump administration he has been making at commencement speeches this month when he spoke Saturday at Cornell University.

Although Biden never mentioned President Donald Trump by name, the Democrat criticized the plan to build a wall on the Mexican border and to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

He said last year's election "churned up some of the ugliest realities" in the country.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new report examining New York's teacher shortage says it's mostly confined to a handful of subjects and geographic regions.

The New York State Schools Boards Association says hard-to-staff subjects include science, math, special education, bilingual education and technology. It says shortages are found mostly in New York City and smaller, rural districts.

The association released the report Wednesday after surveying New York districts and analyzing U.S. Education Department and other data.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at Manchester Arena.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants.

The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

Supporters say it makes sense to add e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban to protect non-smokers from second-hand exposure to the chemicals in the devices. They also say it would send a message discouraging teens from taking up the habit.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump for federal help at Penn Station, saying the "impact of the state of disrepair" is at "a tipping point."

Cuomo put out a letter to Trump on Sunday. He wants the federal government to help figure out and fund transportation alternatives while repair work is undertaken after a spate of problems including two derailments. He also reiterated a call he has made before, that a private operator should take over operations at Penn Station from Amtrak.

NEW YORK (AP)  Two upstate New York breweries have been declared the winners of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening that Brewery Ommegang outside Cooperstown and the Roscoe Beer Co. in Sullivan County tied for first place after a blind taste test held in Manhattan. 

Five years after daredevil Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire, his wife is planning her own stunt over the fast-rushing waters.

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