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(Airs 2/12/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The US Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature comes to Albany to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with Preet Bharrara, and a Hudson Valley congressman calls on Amazon to ban the sale of gun-shaped phone cases.

The town of Waterbury, Vermont is celebrating another milestone in its years-long recovery from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

NYS Overtime Pay Rises

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New York's comptroller says overtime pay at state agencies has risen again, to $716 million in 2015. According to the comptroller's office, that's up nearly $55 million from the previous year. The total number of overtime hours worked also has increased, to 16.8 million hours, continuing a trend that began in 2011 in the Cuomo administration. Most hours were at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the Office of Mental Health.

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The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners has determined that a plan to convert part of an existing railbed to a recreational trail in the Adirondacks conforms to state land regulations.

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One of the organizers of the original 1969 Woodstock music festival says talks are underway to stage a 50th anniversary concert. Michael Lang tells the Poughkeepsie Journal (pojonews.co/1T9aUPV) that discussions have started with potential partners and the idea of staging anniversary concerts at different locations in 2019 is being explored. The original Woodstock was held August 15-18, 1969, in Bethel in Sullivan County. Lang was the promoter of the seminal '60s event that drew 400,000 rock music fans to Max Yasgur's farm.

A plan to locate a Dollar General distribution center in the Town of Wilton off Northway Exit 16 has fallen through.

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Police in the City of Troy have released video of a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place last August.

Officers Joshua Comitale and Chad Klein were injured in the shootout with Thaddeus Faison in the city's Lansingburgh neighborhood after an attempted carjacking.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 12, 2016.

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Nippertown's Greg Haymes is back with his February music selections.

1. Cindy Cashdollar and Sonny Landreth, "Sliding Home," from Cindy Cashdollar's album Sliding Home, playing at The Egg in Albany on Saturday.

2. Super 400, "Flashlight" from their album Sweet Fist playing at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy on Saturday.

3. James McMurtry, "Pocatello" from his album Childish Things, playing at The Hangar in Troy on  February 24.

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A new chief of police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was sworn into office today. The new chief arrives just in time to plan for an annual public safety challenge, the notorious “ Blarney Blowout."

Protecting a campus with almost 30,000 students, 6,000 people on the faculty and staff, and thousands of daily visitors situated in a bustling college town takes cooperation and collaboration, according to Tyrone Parham, the new UMass Amherst police chief.

" Safety is, I think, a part of everyone's responsibility," he said.

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