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Girl dies after mosquito bite, New Yorkers urged to take precautions

NEW YORK - State health officials are urging New Yorkers to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

A four-year-old girl in Oswego County died of a rare brain infection from Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The disease is carried by mosquitoes.

The child is the fifth person in 40 years to die from the virus in New York State.  To protect yourself, the State Health Department says use insect repellent outdoors and wear long pants and long sleeves.

Done deal: CSEA ratifies new contract

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and CSEA President Danny Donohue announced members of the Civil Service Employees Association have ratified the five year labor contract agreed to in June by union leadership and the Cuomo Administration.

Union leaders spent all day Monday validating and counting up to 30,000 ballots sent in from CSEA workers across the state.

The contract includes provisions to keep CSEA-represented state employees on the job delivering essential services to New Yorkers. The new contract freezes base wages for the first three years, and then allows for retention payments – totaling $1,000 – as well as salary increases in each of the last two years. It also calls for a redesign of the employee health care contribution and benefit system.

Hearing reveals accused murderer's alleged admissions

CAMBRIDGE - An accused murderer was a no-show here Friday morning, but the statements he's alleged to have made to police were read to a courtroom filled with relatives and friends of the victims.

"I just shot-gunned my mother, dude," is just one of the statements police attribute to Matthew Slocum. The 23-year-old Eagle Bridge man is accused of murdering his mother, Lisa Harrington, his step-father, Dan Harrington, and his step-father's son, Joshua O'Brien, as they slept in their Turnpike Road home.

Police say Slocum used a 12-gauge shotgun and then used gasoline to set fire to the home before fleeing to New Hampshire.

Shortly after he was captured, New York State Police Investigator John Ogden interviewed Slocum in New Hampshire, even though Mike Mercure, Slocum's attorney, put police and prosecutors on notice that they were not to talk to him.

State DOT alerts motorists of traffic changes

State DOT alerts motorists of traffic changes

The New York State Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists of road and bridge construction projects that may affect traffic for the next week. Also, the department would like to remind motorists that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Due to the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in suspension of your license.

Plea deal reached in shooting death of 12-year-old

BALLSTON SPA - Inside Saratoga County Family Court , where cameras aren't allowed, a 13-year-old boy, admitted his responsibility Thursday morning in the December 22 shooting death of his friend, Nicholas Naumkin.

The boy, whom NewsChannel 13 has agreed to identify as "John Doe"  was at his Wilton home, with Naumkin,  when they began playing with a 9-millimeter handgun owned by John Doe's father.

Judge Courtenay Hall asked the boy if he knew that a handgun could be a dangerous instrument.

The boy said "Yes, your honor," then explained why.

"Because if it's loaded it could be shot and hit someone. In this case it was my friend," said Doe.

As part of a plea bargain, John Doe admits to misdemeanor reckless endangerment, a reduction from the felony endangerment that was part of the original petition.

New deal guarantees place for retired racehorses

SARATOGA SPRINGS - We cheer for them like they're rock stars, but once they've retired, thoroughbred race horses are often forgotten.

Even some, as NewsChannel 13 has reported previously, end up at the slaughter house.

But there'll soon be a new farm in Saratoga County where race horses will go to retire.

As part of a first of its kind program, local horse syndicate, Sackatoga Stable, owners of Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, is paying in advance  to guarantee its horses a spot at a local retirement farm.

A group called "Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement," is buying a 265-acre farm in Stillwater. Sackatoga Stable, is paying ten-thousand dollars up front for each yearling they buy, guaranteeing the horse a stall at the farm when it retires.

Business and city leaders partner up on parking

SARATOGA SPRINGS - As some found out Tuesday afternoon, it can be difficult to find a parking spot downtown.

But soon, it could get easier.

The City Council and the business community are partnering up on parking.

They've unveiled plans to build a new parking garage on Woodlawn Avenue, just west of Broadway's busiest stretch.

"This parking space is on the 50-yard line of the city," says John Franck, city accounts commissioner. "You couldn't get better tickets to a football game."

And tickets to this game will be free. The city plans to allow people to park for free for two or three hours at a time.

The new garage will be built on an existing parking lot. It'll be two levels and will add 180 spaces. Plans call for another level in the future that would bring the total to 500 spots.