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BC-NY--New York News Digest,ADVISORY, NY

November 13, 2018

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AMAZON HQ

NEW YORK — Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia. Each will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 470 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

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AMAZON HQ-NEW YORK INCENTIVES

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is kicking in more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives for getting half of Amazon’s second headquarters located in a section of Queens. By Chris Carola. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

— AMAZON HQ-INCENTIVES: Amazon could get more than $2 billion in tax breaks and other incentives as part of its deals to open up two new offices with more than 25,000 new jobs at each location.

AMAZON HQ-TWO CITIES

NEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers. But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia. By Jennifer Peltz and Matthew Barakat. SENT: 1180 words, photos, video. Updates story first sent on Monday.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A U.S. jury will hear an epic tale about the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.” Evidence at the federal trial in Brooklyn will include the testimony of more than a dozen cooperating witnesses who prosecutors say are risking retribution by taking the stand. Opening statements were delayed on Tuesday after a juror was excused. By Tom Hays. SENT: 780 words. Will be updated; timing uncertain.

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DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITUAL SPECIALISTS

Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. In Newburgh, New York, it means Catholic friars leading sidewalk prayers. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, it means pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. And in Winchester, Virginia, it means funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Though their faiths differ, their goal is the same — to get troubled souls to seek treatment and take comfort in a higher power. By Michael Hill. SENT: 1,901 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS-NEW MEMBERS

WASHINGTON — The House’s historic incoming class of lawmakers is getting lessons on the basics of Capitol Hill. It’s orientation week, which means newly elected Democrats and Republicans are being schooled on such matters as hiring and making their offices run smoothly. Perhaps the most famous member of the freshman class, Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, jumped into the fray on Tuesday, joining about 200 climate-change activists as they staged a protest at the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 974 words, photos.

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LATE TAXES-PERSONAL NOTE

ALBANY, N.Y. — The city of Syracuse has found that sending personal notes to residents who owe taxes is more successful than the typical, computer-generated letter demanding payment. By David Klepper. SENT: 332 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SCHNEIDERMAN: One of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s accusers is urging him to donate millions of dollars left in his campaign coffers to programs that help abused women.

— EPISCOPAL DIOCESE-SAME-SEX MARRIED: An Episcopal bishop in central New York says her diocese will continue to support same-sex marriages despite her counterpart in Albany issuing a pastoral directive against it.

— PURPLE HEART HALL-EXPANSION: The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in the Hudson Valley is getting a $10 million upgrade.

— ROAMING ELEPHANT: An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll.

— FORMER ALASKAN RUNNER-FIRST MARATHON: A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week.

— NEW YORK-MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The first medical marijuana dispensary in Buffalo has opened its doors.

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BUSINESS

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— NEW ERA-NEW YORK PLANT: New Era Cap Co. is planning to close the western New York plant where caps for Major League Baseball are made.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— NEW YORK-HOLIDAY TREES: Two donated blue spruce trees are being cut down this week and transported to the Capitol and Empire State Plaza in Albany to become New York state’s holiday trees.

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SPORTS

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FBC--SYRACUSE-DUNGEY’S TIME

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Quarterback Eric Dungey has accomplished his goal at Syracuse, helping resurrect a long-dormant football program. He also will leave behind quite a legacy. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--BUFFALO SURGING

AMHERST, N.Y. — At 9-1, coach Lance Leipold has the University at Buffalo’s football team off to its best start in school history. One more win and the Mid-American Conference Bulls will clinch the East Division title and set a program record for victories. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FORMER ALASKA RUNNER-FIRST MARATHON

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon. SENT: 341 words.

BKN--NETS-LEVERT INJURED

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets say Caris LeVert won’t need surgery for what appeared to be a severe foot injury and could return this season. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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