Regional Briefs – March 19, 2019

Buffalo Zoo’s 24-Year-Old Giraffe in Its ‘Final Days’

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Zoo said Monday that its 24-year-old giraffe, Agnes, is believed to be near death, The Associated Press reported. The giraffe has advanced arthritis and other health issues. It was born at the zoo in 1994 and lives there with one of its offspring, Zuri.

Busy Queens Subway Stop Closed Until End of Year

QUEENS – An important subway station in Queens closed Sunday for the rest of the year, the MTA announced. The busy Astoria Boulevard station will get a new mezzanine, elevators and street resurfacing. The intersection where it’s located will close for 20 weekends.

Hiring by NY Small Businesses Topped National Pace

ALBANY – Small businesses across New York state have hired more workers than the national pace, according to a report released Tuesday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. But the 9.2 percent rise, compared to 8.9 percent across the nation, only covers 2016, before a minimum wage hike law.

NJ Restores Official Status Of 2 Native American Tribes

TRENTON – New Jersey on Monday restored official state recognition for two Native American tribes, the Courier-Post reported. The Powhatan Renape Nation and the Ramapough Lenape Nation had claimed that state had false concerns about casino competition.

Car Crash Into Home Knocks Sleeping Man From Bed

EMERSON, N.J. – A sleeping man had a rude awakening Sunday night when a vehicle struck in a crash was pushed into his home, knocking him off his bed, The Associated Press reported. The home’s resident, the driver and her one-year-old son were treated for minor injuries.