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2:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1249

Expanding access to preschool and early learning has been a priority for educators and policy makers recently, and with good reason. Research has shown that the earlier students are exposed to a group learning experience the better they do later in their education. Now, the feds are offering states money to step up their game.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about a new, Race To the Top like competition among state for early learning grants.

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Capital Region News
11:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Albany Citizens And Officials Discuss Flood

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  Albany city officials held a meeting Tuesday night, hearing residents' concerns after recent flash flooding. 

An August 5th storm dumped buckets of rain over a short timeframe, putting an unprecedented strain on infrastructure and flooding many low-lying and poor drainage areas of the city.

Residents in the 9th ward turned out at New Scotland Elementary School (formerly School 19) to air their flood grievances before Mayor Kathy Sheehan and water department representatives, who said they're working on the issues.

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Hudson Valley News
10:44 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Agriculture Coalition Forms To Support A NY Congressional Candidate

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A New York congressman Tuesday announced a coalition that has formed to support his re-election in the 19th District.

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Potential Growers Approach Orange County Re: Medical Marijuana

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A few companies angling to be part of the forthcoming medical marijuana business in New York are expressing interest in Orange County.

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New England News
8:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

AP Calls Vermont Gubernatorial Primaries For Shumlin, Milne

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Associated Press has declared Gov. Peter Shumlin the winner of his party's primary, a result that was widely expected and clears the way for the Democrat to seek a third two-year term in November.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Governor Cuomo Cuts Ribbon On Adirondack Firehouse And Tours Highway Repairs

Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Upper Jay Fire Department
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks today to cut the ribbon for a new firehouse and get an update on a road construction project.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary Day Brings Write-In Choices For Vermont Voters

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It is primary day in Vermont. While voting could result in some cross-party nominations, in high-level races, a low turnout is anticipated.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

NY State O.T. Costs On Pace For Record High

New York state agencies racked up more than $316 million in overtime in the first six months of 2014, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers.

The numbers come from a report issued Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says the increase is troubling and should be addressed.

DiNapoli says the state is on pace to spend nearly two-thirds of a billion dollars on overtime this year. That would be $30 million more than in 2013, when overtime costs were up nearly 16 percent over 2012.

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Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Medal Of Honor For Albany WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson

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The secretary of defense has recommended awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to a black soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France during World War I.

Sen. Charles Schumer says Tuesday that Chuck Hagel has sent Congress a letter saying Sgt. Henry Johnson should receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

GE Fuel Cells Announces Partnership With Hudson Valley Community College

GE Fuel Cells manager Johanna Wellington, NYSERDA President John Rhodes, and Congressman Paul Tonko
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Officials gathered in Saratoga County Tuesday to tour a new General Electric Fuel Cell facility and to announce a new partnership between GE and a local community college.

GE Fuel Cells held a tour of its new facility at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta.

Stakeholders and members of the media got a chance to take a sneak peak at the manufacturing process that will be used to create hybrid fuel cells.

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