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WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for overseeing.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in the New York state Assembly say any broadband provider picked to replace Charter Communications in the state should be required to observe net neutrality.

Twenty-five Democratic lawmakers proposed the idea Monday.

The state recently revoked its approval of Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and ordered the company to find a new provider for its more than 2 million New York customers.

The lawmakers say whichever company replaces Charter should be prohibited from altering web speeds or traffic to favor certain sites or apps.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Some 130 environmental groups are taking aim at New York's nuclear subsidies.

The coalition, led by the Alliance for a Green Economy, wrote to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday urging him to overhaul the subsidies so New Yorkers who would prefer cleaner forms of energy can opt out. Groups including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch signed on to the letter.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 500-plus 'I Love NY' highway signs at the center of a spat between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and federal transportation officials are going nowhere fast.

The Federal Highway Administration says the signs arrayed in groups along the state's highways have to be removed because they contain too much information and could be distracting.

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish.

It was Elliott's first career win, in his 99th Cup start, and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports. It also assured Elliott a spot in the playoffs as he became only the fifth driver to win a race outside of the Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Truex, who have combined to win 16 of 22 races.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is filing a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit by the National Rifle Association that accuses state regulators of harming its financial stability and violating its First Amendment rights.

The NRA filed the lawsuit in May after the Cuomo administration urged banks and insurance companies to weigh the reputational risk of business ties to the gun rights group.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll introduce legislation that would remove the death penalty from New York state law.

The Democrat made the announcement Thursday after the Vatican said Pope Francis decreed the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances.

Cuomo says his proposal is being made in solidarity with the pope and in honor of his late father, Mario Cuomo, a staunch death penalty opponent during his three terms as New York governor from 1983 to 1994.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A group consisting of New York state government and law enforcement officials, advocates and academics has been appointed to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. 

The Democrat said the group will be led by his counsel, Alphonso David, who will also serve as liaison between the governor's office and stakeholders as the state formulates a program for a regulated marijuana market that could raise hundreds of millions in state tax revenue each year. 

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The new National Comedy Center is ready to reveal how serious it is about humor.

The $50 million high-tech center in western New York pays homage to what's made people laugh from Vaudeville to now. Its grand opening celebration starts Aug. 1.

The nonprofit center in Jamestown, New York, was inspired by hometown hero, Lucille Ball, who envisioned a place where comedy would be celebrated as an art form.

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York Army National Guard soldiers are heading to Puerto Rico to build houses as Hurricane Maria recovery continues.

The 45 soldiers being deployed Saturday are members of the 204th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Binghamton. They're from across the state. They'll work with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Defense Department's readiness training program.

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