Regional Briefs – December 20, 2015

Healthy School Lunches To Get a Boost in New York

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo will add $300,000 in new funding for six “Farm to School” programs to help schools provide healthier lunches to children while also promoting local agriculture. Critics of the program say that children eat less when lunches are healthy and are hungry during class.

Inmate at Westchester Jail Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – An inmate at the Westchester County jail tested positive for tuberculosis, the first confirmed case at the jail in many years, The Associated Press reported. The inmate, described only as a 45-year-old man, is being treated at the Westchester Medical Center.

510 Bears Killed During Extended New Jersey Hunt

TRENTON – Hunters killed 510 bears during New Jersey’s extended hunt which concluded Saturday night, with more than half, or 312, shot in Sussex, The Associated Press reported. Last year’s season only yielded 272 bruins. Wildlife officials say the annual hunt is an important part of managing the bear.

New York Agricultural Sales Outpace National Growth

ALBANY – New York is outpacing the U.S. when it comes to agricultural sales, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Sales from dairy, fruit, vegetables, poultry and eggs rose 36 percent since 2010, with some of the biggest increases from the sale of peaches, honey, hay and poultry.

Swastikas Reappear In University Residence Hall

GLASSBORO, N.J. – A university dormitory was once again painted with swastikas one week after they were discovered with other anti-Semitic markings carved into wooden doors, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. None of the students are known to be Jewish.

Sale of Manhattan’s Largest Apartment Complex Finalized

NEW YORK – The sale of Manhattan’s largest apartment complex was completed Friday for $5.45 billion, The New York Times reported. Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village will preserve half its 11,232 units for middle-class families. The 80-acre complex was built in 1947 for returning WWII veterans.