Regional Briefs – May 23, 2016

4 Police Dogs Killed on Duty Honored With New Award

NEW YORK – Four police dogs killed in the line of duty were recognized Monday with a new award from the American Kennel Club, The Associated Press reported. The first “AKC Paw of Courage” medal winners are dogs from Texas, Virginia, California and Vermont.

Eleven Ducklings Found in Drainpipe Returned to Mom

NEPTUNE, N.J. – Eleven ducklings trapped in a storm drain Sunday afternoon were rescued and returned to their clucking mother, The Associated Press reported. Residents found the birds after noticing their mother in distress.

Long Island Hospital Welcomes a Falcon Chick

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Nassau Medical Center has helped with the birth of dozens of babies since 1997. But the latest is a falcon chick, The Associated Press reported. Mickey was hatched on a 17th story window ledge. Staff is calling the parents Mr. and Mrs. Meadowbrook.

NY State Police Plan 2-Week ‘Buckle Up’ Campaign

ALBANY – Law enforcement agencies across New York on Monday launched their annual two-week “buckle up” campaign. State troopers, including those assigned to the Thruway, will be joining with local agencies to make sure motorists are using their seatbelts as the summer travel season gears up.

U.S. Senators Continue to Question Pipeline Expansion

ALBANY – New York’s U.S. senators are urging the federal government to halt the expansion of a gas pipeline project that runs beside a nuclear power plant in Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties, The Associated Press reported. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the Algonquin project halted until health and safety reviews are completed.

Lawmakers Address Security Delays at Newark Airport

NEWARK – Help is near for travelers facing long lines at Newark Airport. The TSA said Monday they’re adding 120 agents by the end of the month, The Associated Press reported. They also wants to open a pre-check center in Terminal C to more quickly process travelers.