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11:58 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Schumer Pushes Vet's Suicide Prevention Bill

Schumer: We Must Protect Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide. Looking on: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy (November 2014)
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  U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at improving mental health care and suicide prevention resources for America’s veterans, including approximately one million veterans living in New York State.

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New York News
11:55 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Amsterdam Mayor: Don't Call It A Renaissance

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Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane delivered her state of the city address last week. While Amsterdam is similar to other post industrial cities in New York and beyond, it’s also changing.

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New England News
10:22 am
Sun February 1, 2015

State, Local Officials To Meet On Springfield Homeless Issues

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno angrily denounced what he described as " dumping" homeless families in Springfield at January 14,2015 news conference
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The top state housing official in Massachusetts will host a meeting Monday to discuss emergency shelters for the homeless in Springfield.

The meeting with Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Sec Jay Ash follows complaints from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno that homeless families are being sheltered in de facto rooming houses, at state expense, concentrated in a few neighborhoods. The practice started last fall as the administration of former Gov Deval Patrick tried to reduce the number of homeless families living in motels. 

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New York News
8:57 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Snow Returning To New England

Winter storm warnings have been issued for most of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island beginning Sunday night.

The National Weather Service says between 8 and 14 inches of snow could fall in eastern and central areas Sunday night into Monday, with up to 16 in the Berkshires. Southwestern Connecticut could see between 5 and 10 inches of snow and sleet.

Many places in southern New England received at least 2 feet of snow in a blizzard with high winds Tuesday and Wednesday.

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New York News
8:04 am
Sun February 1, 2015

NY Assembly Ready For A Change At The Top

The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to give lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead,  a decision between two candidates may be made before Silver's resignation from the post.

 Silver steps down effective Monday night. Waiting in the wings: Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who would become the first African-American speaker in New York, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens, who would be the first female speaker in state history. 

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New England News
10:15 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Report Shows 1 in 5 Vermonters Living In "Fuel Poverty"

A new report shows that one in five Vermonters are living in "fuel poverty" — meaning they are having to spend more than 10 percent of their household income on energy costs.

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New England News
2:20 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Vermont State Auditor Urges Better Informed Medical Shoppers

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Vermont's state auditor is asking lawmakers to beef up the information consumers have when they decide where to have a medical procedure done.

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Hudson Valley News
12:57 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

D.A. Says No Criminal Charges Will Be Filed In School Athletics Investigation

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In New York, the Orange County district attorney says no criminal charges will be filed in connection with allegations made concerning a school district’s athletics team.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Schools In High Poverty Areas Offering Free Meals To Students

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The USDA has launched a new school nutrition program that greatly expands the offer of free school meals to students.  The program could reach more than 8.8 million children in high poverty areas.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon about the school meals option called the Community Eligibility Program.

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North Country News
12:16 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Lake Placid's Olympic Torch Will Be Lit Again

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Lake Placid's Olympic Flame Cauldron is being lit again to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games held in the Adirondack Mountain village.

The ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday, February 13th — 35 years to the day from the original opening ceremony.

1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee President Rev. J. Bernard Fell's opening ceremony speech will be the centerpiece of the program.

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