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SARATOGA COUNTY

Saratoga County supervisors OK settlement; GE to pay $5.3M

Saratoga County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement under which General Electric will pay the Saratoga County Water Authority $5.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit over costs tied to the PCB pollution of the Hudson River.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution Pipeline appeals state denial of permit

Constitution Pipeline is fighting to keep alive its proposal for a 125-mile transmission line to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

New rule expands numbers eligible for overtime pay

New rule expands numbers eligible for overtime pay

The Obama administration will unveil a new rule Wednesday that would make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor groups.

Hiring hurdle: Finding workers who can pass a drug test

Hiring hurdle: Finding workers who can pass a drug test

A few years back, heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left.

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

SCHENECTADY

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

Mopco LLC, the parent company of the Mop & Bucket Co. based at Proctors, purchased the former firehouse on North Jay Street and plans to renovate it and relocate there.

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Boat club franchise sets up at Lake George marina

LAKE GEORGE

Boat club franchise sets up at Lake George marina

A new business is giving people a chance to go boating on Lake George with less money and a lot less work than it would take to own their own boats.

SCHENECTADY

Brown Transportation Co. demands access to video

Under threat of a potential lawsuit, Brown Transportation filed its own suit against the city last month demanding access to a video it had handed over to Schenectady police in an assault investigation.

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

Many entertainment industry observers love to focus on simple pawns, one move at a time. Disney, on the other hand, is playing multidimensional chess not only across films, but also across decades.

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

But even as Germans celebrate the anniversary of the purity law, with dozens of events planned throughout the year (among them, an art show themed around “the beer gut”), not everyone is so enthusiastic about it.

Start-ups turn to arbitration in workplace

Start-ups turn to arbitration in workplace

As once-plucky startups like WeWork grow — the company’s workforce has swelled to 1,500 from 300 a year ago — they are taking a page from the playbook of big corporations, which are increasingly using arbitration to thwart employees from bringing any meaningful legal challenge in court, an investigation by The New York Times found last fall.

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

SCHENECTADY

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

Quilting and cross-stitch, knitting and sewing, stamping and crochet. Whatever your craft, there are materials and tools for it at Her Treasure Box, a new arts and crafts thrift store on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady.

Latham business capitalizes on growth of LEDs

LATHAM

Latham business capitalizes on growth of LEDs

LED lighting is far from a new technology, but in recent years purchase costs have decreased and installation incentives have increased to the point that conversions are now considered for entire buildings instead of individual bulbs.

Oil train protesters descend on Albany

ALBANY

Oil train protesters descend on Albany

In one of the biggest protests of its kind Albany has ever seen, about 1,500 people from across the Northeast and beyond converged Saturday to protest the city’s oil train traffic.

Malta trying to draw shoppers 'downtown'

MALTA

Malta trying to draw shoppers 'downtown'

Malta sees a lot more traffic since the arrival of the $12 billion GlobalFoundries computer chip plant a few years ago.

Fort Plain farmer claims rail company ignored his property rights

FORT PLAIN

Fort Plain farmer claims rail company ignored his property rights

Emil Johnson’s father spent decades battling the railway giant CSX Transportation for the right to build a crossing over their Mohawk Subdivision line in Montgomery County, which cut off a sizable portion of his 220-acre farm in Fort Plain from the time he bought it in 1961 to his death in 1987.

Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable approved

LOS ANGELES

Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable approved

Charter Communications has cleared a final regulatory hurdle in its nearly year-long quest to clinch its $71 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks

Discrimination lawsuit filed against GE is dismissed

SCHENECTADY

Discrimination lawsuit filed against GE is dismissed

A federal racial and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against General Electric in 2012 by a former employee has been completely dismissed, records show.

Business to mark 10 years, observe World Fair Trade Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Business to mark 10 years, observe World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day this year is doubly a cause for celebration for one Saratoga Springs business, Mango Tree Imports — it deals only in Fair Trade goods, and May 2016 marks its 10th anniversary.

Scotia Motel owners want to replace it with Comfort Inn

SCOTIA

Scotia Motel owners want to replace it with Comfort Inn

The owners of the venerable Scotia Motel are seeking approval to replace the 16-unit Neal Street lodging with a three-story Comfort Inn & Suites.

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