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NY attorney general says rafter violated order

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Attorney General's Office has accused a whitewater rafting company of again sending a boat down the upper Hudson River with an unlicensed guide after a judge ordered the outfitter to stop doing that.

Justice Richard Giardino has ordered Hudson River Rafting Co. owner Patrick Cunningham to return to court Aug. 22 to show why he shouldn't be found in contempt, fined $5,000 and permanently barred from offering guide services for rafting where licensed guides are required by the state.

Giardino declined to order an immediate temporary shutdown.

A call to Cunningham's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

In a court affidavit, Forest Ranger Jason Scott says he ticketed unlicensed guide Bruce Thomas on Aug. 1 with a raft full of clients on the Hudson.

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