State news in brief

Schumer looks to reduce drownings

ALBANY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a new report shows the number of drownings involving toddlers in the U.S. has increased in recent years, with young boys dying at twice the rate as girls.

Schumer is calling on the federal government to take steps to help prevent drowning deaths.

The Senate minority leader from New York says Centers for Disease Control data from 2014-16 shows 1,300 children 4 years old or younger died from drowning, with total deaths rising each year. According to the CDC, 436 were girls and 864 were boys.

Schumer says according to the CDC, three children drown every day in the U.S.

Man pleads not guilty to killing

YORKVILLE (AP) — An upstate New York man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed his older brother to death.

State police say 37-year-old John Ferguson was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Daryl Ferguson early Tuesday morning. Ferguson spoke quietly in answering the judge’s questions during his arraignment Tuesday where he was ordered to be held without bail.

The suspect is scheduled to appear at a felony hearing Friday in Yorkville Village Court.

Police say they found the older Ferguson dead from multiple stab wounds while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Oneida County home the brothers shared with their mother.

Pilot still in hospital from crash

GENESEO (AP) — A pilot remains hospitalized with serious injuries suffered when his small airplane crashed at an upstate New York airport, leaving two teenage passengers with minor injuries.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has released the unofficial cause of a small plane crash at the Geneseo Airport on Friday.

By Josh Bovee

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