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Sheriff deputy delivers own son

BOSTON, N.Y. — A sheriff’s deputy in western New York has delivered his own son in the back seat of the family vehicle after his wife went into labor while they were headed to a hospital.

Eric and Kelly Szkatulkski (skuh-TUHL’-skee) were on their way to a Buffalo hospital from their home south of the city Monday night when she began to give birth in the vehicle. Eric pulled over to the side of the road. He’s a deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Eric Szkatulkski helped his wife give birth in the back seat to their 8-pound, 5-ounce boy. The couple named him Eli. An ambulance crew arrived and took the mother and baby to the hospital. Both are said to be doing fine.

Eli is the couple’s third son.

Atlantic City winnings drop

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Atlantic City’s casinos won slightly less from gamblers in August than they did a year earlier.

Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the seven casinos won $244.8 million in August, a decline of 0.4 percent compared with August 2016.

But when the now-shuttered Trump Taj Mahal is excluded, Atlantic City’s casino revenue was up by 5.5 percent from a year ago. The Trump Taj Mahal shut down last October

Internet gambling also continued on a tear in New Jersey, up 32.4 percent in August compared with a year earlier. The casinos won more than $16 million online last month.

UVM negotiations reach impasse

BURLINGTON, Vt. — University of Vermont professors and school administrators have reached a standstill in contract negotiations.

The Burlington Free Press reports bargaining talks ended in an impasse on Tuesday after seven months of discussion. United Academics, the union representing the professors, is seeking faulty wages and benefits that are equal to peer universities like the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire.

According to UVM, faculty wages are at or above market levels. The administration says salary increases above 2 percent would require tuition increases and budget reductions.

The union says the survey the administration used to consider salary includes schools that aren’t comparable to UVM.