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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)  Federal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region. 

An organization that lobbies for increased Great Lakes funding says that number comes from a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on the nation's water infrastructure.

TYRE (AP) A state judge rejected a challenge to the environmental approval for a casino under construction in the Finger Lakes.

Judge Patrick Falvey rejected arguments that officials in Tyre failed to adequately consider how the Lago Resort and Casino would affect the surrounding community under state environmental review law.

A local group called Casino Free Tyre claims the town board did the bidding of casino developers by failing to scrutinize the effects of the large development.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The organization representing New York's 35,000 farms says defeating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum wage is its top political priority of the year. 

New York Farm Bureau Dean Norton said this week that a $15 minimum would put the state's agriculture industry at a competitive disadvantage with states like Pennsylvania, where the minimum is now $7.25 an hour. 

The Farm Bureau estimates that Cuomo's plan would cost farmers $500 million in added labor costs each year. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After a yearlong wait, three upstate casino projects are poised to receive formal licenses from New York state regulators.

SYRACUSE (AP) Three western New York colleges are splitting more than $40,000 in a grant to conduct projects aimed at protecting the ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

The Syracuse-based Great Lakes Research Consortium says the funds are going to Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

The money is being used for projects related to early detection of invasive species and lake-effect storm impact and projection.