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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Updated: 5:30 PM

Thruway to lay off 234 workers

ALBANY (AP) -- The New York State Thruway Authority is planning 234 layoffs to help shore up its finances, but no toll increases are planned.

Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller says the layoffs of full-time workers will be in all regions, including the Albany headquarters. The authority employs 2,968 workers.

Weiller says no toll increases of any type are planned.

The layoffs are expected to save $20 million. The authority's total is budget is $977 million.

High wind warnings issued

ALBANY (AP) -- The National Weather Service says wind gusts could top 60 mph in parts of upstate New York as a cold front drives temperatures down from record winter highs and brings expected heavy rain in eastern areas and lake-effect snow to western parts of the state.

The weather service has issued a high wind warning for much of eastern New York from Wednesday night through this evening, with flood watches in effect from the Adirondacks south to the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

     

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