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National Grid urges people to be careful when doing house projects

With the warmer weather, many people are starting all those projects they’ve been putting off.

When working around the house, National Grid is urging everyone to work safely. They held an electrical safety demonstration Thursday morning.

Line workers showed how dangerous it is to be near live wires and, say there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

“Stay away from the wires that are down, call 911, call National Grid, get the right people out there to identify what's there,” said Stephen Blydenburgh, a line foreman. “It may look harmless, it may be a cable wire whatever it is. It could be wrapped up. You recall what to take your time and stay away from it."

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Ratings agency warns of rough road for NY Thruway

	Ratings agency warns of rough road for NY Thruway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A major financial rating agency warns it is downgrading the New York state Thruway to a negative financial outlook and warns travelers of higher tolls ahead.        

Standard & Poor's says it has reduced its outlook on bonds used in borrowing to finance the state Thruway Authority to negative, from stable. The ratings agency also said there may be a need for "aggressive" toll increases and raised concern about the cost of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.          

Standard & Poor's states it is concerned about the uncertainty of the Thruway Authority of getting its proposed 45-percent in tolls for larger commercial trucks.          

TVHS' second class set to graduate

TVHS' second class set to graduate

On June 16 at 2 p.m. in the main campus of the University of Albany, 28 Tech Valley High School seniors will be graduating.

This marks the second Tech Valley High School class to graduate since its opening.

The following TVHS students will be graduating:

TVHS juniors receive engineering honors

TVHS juniors receive engineering honors

Last week, Two Tech Valley High School juniors were recognized for their dedication to the sciences and engineering.

Rokeya Sultana from Hudson and Liana Pondillo from Troy were honored by the Society of Women Engineers Awards for their successes in math, science, and technology.

The award, which is presented by the New York State Capital District Section of the society, is given to young women to encourage them to achieve higher levels of education.

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Claverack girl selected by 'Little Miss Matched'

Claverack girl selected by 'Little Miss Matched'

Following a nationwide casting call 8-year-old Mollie Keeler was chosen to  fill the iconic role of "Sporty Girl" in the popular Little Miss Matched fashion doll line.

Keeler, a student at the Hudson Middle School was selected from a field of close to 1,000 applicants. To celebrate the unveiling of the LMM Girls, LittleMissMatched hosted a  meet and greet at the LittleMissMatched store in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland's California Resort on Tuesday.

Keeler is the daughter of Brennan Keeler, a New York State trooper, and his wife Kimberly, a teacher at the Hudson Middle School. At school she is active in sports, gymnastics and cheer leading. She resides in Claverack  with her parents and her  sisters Kersten, Sydney and Emmie.

Little Miss Matched, is the innovative tween brand created their line in 2003 with the simple mission of encouraging individual style and self expression under the mantra "YOUbeYOU."

Dunkin Donuts makes large donation to MDA

Thanks to the generosity of its customers, Dunkin Donuts today donated more than $112,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The donation was the result of the chains' 10-day, Make a Muscle, Make a Difference Campaign.

More than $39,000 will go toward the MDA right here in Albany.

The money will primarily be used to support the organization's summer youth camp.

Yellow Dot kits to help first responders

Yellow Dot kits to help first responders

The New York State Sheriff’s Association is partnering with over 50 sheriffs across New York State to offer Yellow Dot. The free program provides medical information to first responders.

A press conference covering the program will take place on Wednesday, June 13 at 2 p.m.

According to the New York State Sheriff’s Office, Yellow Dot kits contain a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo, place it in the glove compartment of their car and place the Yellow Dot decal on the back of their driver’s side window.

First responders who arrive at the scene of an emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for medical information.

Below are people who will be in attendance at the press conference: