Regional Briefs – August 1, 2016

Trump Insisting He Will Put NY Into Play

ALBANY – Donald Trump’s top advisor wants to focus on traditionally GOP states but the candidate overruled him, insisting on putting his home state of New York into play, the Daily News reported. His first town hall is Thursday, in Plattsburgh. A recent poll found Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by 12 points.

NY Reminds Insurers of Mental Health, Addiction Rules

ALBANY – New York regulators wrote to health insurers that they’re watching to see that they don’t discriminate against people with mental health disorders and addiction, The Associated Press reported. Insurers must provide the same level of coverage for mental health as for medical care.

Dog Breaks Glass to Alert Owner Was in Trouble

NORTHVALE, N.J. – A dog saved its owner’s life Friday by breaking a window pane and barking for help, The Associated Press reported. Two women passing by called police, who found the owner with a medical condition. The dog had a minor injury on one of its paws.

Tractor-Trailer Tips Over, Spills Watermelons

CARNEY’S POINT, N.J. – A tractor-trailer tipped over Sunday afternoon, spilling its load of watermelons at a rest stop along I-295, WPVI reported. The driver lost control on a curve leading into a rest stop.

More Than 200 Firefighters Battle Lumberyard Blaze

FRANKLIN, N.J. – More than 200 firefighters spent hours battling a blaze that tore through a lumberyard Sunday, The Associated Press reported. The fire which broke out at Colucci Lumber Company was probably due to the rising temperatures. Two firefighters were hospitalized for heat exhaustion.

Cornell U. Restricts Water Use as Drought Deepens

ITHACA, N.Y. – A severe drought in the Finger Lakes region has prompted Cornell University to restrict water use by 30 percent to ensure there’s enough when students arrive in a few weeks, The Associated Press reported. The city of Ithaca is also restricting water use, saying it could run out of water in 30 days.