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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on assisted suicide stands after the state's highest court rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor.

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban doesn't violate the state constitution.

The case was brought by patients and advocates who say New Yorkers with a terminal illness shouldn't have to suffer needlessly.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, though upstate regions continue to struggle, according to a new report on employment published Monday by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

The figures, first reported by The Associated Press, show that more than 9.12 million New Yorkers worked a job in 2016, the highest since 2008, when there were 9.14 million people employed in the state. The statewide unemployment rate last year was 4.8 percent, the lowest in nine years. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states have agreed to update their regional environmental pact to further reduce power plant carbon emissions to fight global climate change.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have agreed to reduce the cap on emissions an additional 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. The Democrat says the new cap will be 65 percent below the 2009 starting level.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's hate crimes law following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he'll introduce legislation making it a hate crime to riot or incite a riot that targets a specific class of people protected by anti-discrimination laws. 

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP)  Watkins Glen will receive $10 million to improve its downtown as one of 10 winners of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's downtown revitalization competition. 

The community in the state's Southern Tier is home to the Watkins Glen International race track. Cuomo traveled to Watkins Glen Thursday to announce the big win. 

More than 100 communities around the state have entered the contest, now in its second year. Watkins Glen is the third winner to be announced and joins Hudson and the Long Island community of Hicksville.