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Groups make pitch as budget deadline fast approaches

The next two weeks at the New York State Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget. Several issues remain unresolved.

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Oswego, NY – The State University of New York at Oswego will begin handing out potassium iodide, or KI, tablets to students today.

Taking the pills after a nuclear incident can help prevent thyroid cancer by absorbing certain kinds of radiation in the body.

The Oswego County Emergency Management office has been handing out KI tablets to residents living within 10 miles of the county's three nuclear reactors.

The college is just about 10 miles away from Nine Mile Point.

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Cortland, NY – Smoke was visible for miles and miles after last night's fire at the Cortland County recycling plant.

The City of Cortland was blanketed in thick, malodorous smoke for much of the night.

Forty firefighters were called in to battle the blaze. One suffered a minor shoulder injury.

City officials are calling the fire one of the city worst.

About 50 tons of plastic and paper products burned.

Niagara Falls, NY – The Seneca Nation's new casino on the American side of Niagara Falls will be called the "Seneca Niagara Casino."

The Nation held a contest to name the new gaming facility. About 500 entries were made. The winner is a Seneca Nation member from the Alleghany territory. She gets a five day vacation in the Bahamas for her efforts.

The casino logo will feature a picture of the American falls.

New York – A suggestion made by a professor at The University of Buffalo's School of Pharmaceuticals to allow pharmacists to administer flu and pnemonia vaccinations is not new.

Cortland – Police investigating a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed a county recycling center in Cortland have found some clues to help them determine the cause. Investigators found that the entrance gates at Cortland County's Recycling Center had been ripped from its hinges.

Inside one of the storeage bays, police discovered a burnt-out minivan that had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood.

Police think the fire got started near the minivan, although they're not sure how.

Canandaigua – A day long telecom summit was held in Canandaigua on Friday.

Business leaders from around the state and around the nation met with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss strategies to attract investment in broadband infrastructure in Upstate New York.

The leaders also discussed how technoology could bring new jobs to upstate New York.

Senator Clinton says the telecom summit yielded some interesting discussions and she hopes to hold another meeting in the future.

Buffalo – WRVO's Amy Cavalier reports that the idea of allowing pharmacists to give shots isn't a new one:

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Washington, D.C. – New York's senior senator says it's too easy for teens to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products over the internet.

Charles Schumer demonstrated just how easy it was with help from his 13 year old daughter, Alison.

Alison Schumer sat at a computer in her father's New York City office yesterday and ordered a carton of cigarettes from the web site www.cigarettesexpress.com.

She did not complete her purchase. However, there were no age verification requirements on the site.

Albany – Union College archeologists have found what they believe to be the stones of the wall of Lock One on the Old Erie Canal in Albany. The locks acted like water elevators -- moving boats through changes in elevation along the canal. Lock One was part of an extension of the 363-mile canal more than 150 years ago.

Researchers say the canal spurred westward expansion in the country and was a link to the nation's fertile interior lands. It tied the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

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