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State gets federal help in opioid fight

ALBANY — New York state will receive more than $9 million in federal funds to broaden its fight against opioid addiction.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced the new funding on Tuesday.

Of the total, nearly $6 million will go to medication-assisted treatment, with a particular focus on areas upstate. Another $2.1 million will pay for the creation of five new recovery centers in areas perceived to have a higher need for services.

The remaining amount will go toward specialized treatment and recovery programs in locations around New York state.

One program set to receive the funds focuses on connecting people in recovery with transportation so they don’t fall behind on treatments. Another group receiving money trains first responders on how to care for patients that are intoxicated.

Farms to get clean energy support

ALBANY — New York farmers are getting some help from the state to make their operations more energy efficient and develop renewable energy projects.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority says $19 million is available for clean energy technologies on farms. Most of it is for anaerobic digesters that use manure and plant waste to produce gas used to make electricity.

The agency is offering $16 million for anaerobic digesters and $3 million for technologies that make farms more energy efficient. Selected energy efficient technologies and practices will be demonstrated on host farms.

There are 23 anaerobic digester gas systems in operation on New York farms and seven more are being installed.

Man admits guilt in motorcycle crash

ALBANY — The driver in a fatal motorcycle crash on an upstate New York road has accepted responsibility for the death of a 23-year-old passenger and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

During his court appearance in Albany Wednesday, Alex Hamilton said he cannot remember the September crash, but has come to learn he’s responsible for the death of Leanna Prudhomme. Hamilton now faces a 1- to 3-year minimum sentence in state prison.

Prosecutors say Hamilton was drinking the night he drove with Prudhomme on his motorcycle in Westerlo, outside Albany. Police say Prudhomme was ejected and killed after Hamilton crashed.

Prudhomme’s family says they wanted to avoid a trial, but don’t believe any amount of jail time for Hamilton will be enough.

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