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Judge orders northern NY rafting co. to shut down

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NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York whitewater rafting company has been ordered to court next week to answer state allegations it fails to provide safe excursions and should be shut down.

A judge also told the Hudson River Rafting Co. in North Creek to run no more trips before the Oct. 19 hearing, though the usual rafting season on the Hudson's whitewater ended Monday.

Thursday's order from the bench by Judge Richard Giardino comes two weeks after the drowning of a 53-year-old Ohio woman during an Adirondack outing by the company. Police allege rafting guide Rory Fay was drunk and have accused him of criminally negligent homicide.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, citing persistent problems, is seeking a court order to shut the business.

The company's lawyer declined to comment.

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