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New England News
10:30 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Community Coping With Fewer Police Officers

Credit South Burlington Police Department

The police department in South Burlington, Vermont, is trying to cope with some vacancies.

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Hudson Valley News
9:59 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Lowey And Maloney Visit Chappaqua To Urge Passage Of Rail Bill

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Two Hudson Valley Congress-members were in Westchester earlier today pushing passage of a passenger rail bill the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider this week, which includes legislation concerning rail crossing safety.

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New York News
7:55 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

NY Teachers Unions Criticize Charter Schools Over Rally

Karen Magee
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The New York State United Teachers union is criticizing charter schools for taking children out of the classroom to rally at the New York state Capitol later this week.

NYSUT wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state education officials expressing concern about Success Academy Charter Schools' plans to bring some 8,000 students, parents and teachers to Albany for Wednesday's pro-charter rally. Cuomo has called for an increase in the number of authorized charter schools.

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New England News
7:50 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Parking Lots Closed In Advance Of MGM Casino Construction

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MGM took steps Monday to prepare to break ground later this month to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.

 Several private parking lots that are in the footprint of the casino complex were closed permanently. Notices went out six weeks ago that hundreds of commuters would have to find new places to park downtown.  Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, had representatives at the closed parking lots to help guide people who had not made other arrangements.  He said there was no parking “crunch.”

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New York News
7:45 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Colleges Pursue Graduate Program Merger

Union Graduate College President Laura Schweitzer and Clarkson President Tony Collins
Credit Clarkson University

Clarkson University in Potsdam and Union Graduate College in Schenectady will explore a merger of graduate programs.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Regional Approach Advocated For Problem Gambling

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With casino gambling expanding in the Northeast, a regional approach is being advocated for the issue of problem gambling.  A shared commitment to help problem gamblers was highlighted at a conference today in Springfield, Massachusetts, where a new casino is scheduled to open in two-and-a-half years.  

A regional approach to preventing gambling addiction,  and providing treatment and recovery services to people who become compulsive gamblers were endorsed by advocates for problem gambling services, casino operators, state lottery officials, and gaming industry regulators.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Teachers Rally In Albany, Decrying Anti-Public School Agenda

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Charter schools are planning a big rally with hundreds of children at the New York State Capitol Wednesday to support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to add 100 more charter schools in the state, and to pass an education tax credit that will benefit donors to charter schools, as well as private schools.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Police Investigate Bank Robbery In Plattsburgh

State and city police are investigating a bank robbery in Plattsburgh.

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New England News
4:42 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Record Cold Is An Anomaly, Not A Shift In Climate Change

Last month was the coldest February on record in many places in the Northeast, but climate experts say it is an anomaly.

        The record cold in February was caused by a jet stream pattern that remained unchanged for weeks.  Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said the average local February temperature has increased by .25 degrees F per decade for the last 180 years.

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Capital Region News
4:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

$20.5M Cleanup Set For Upstate NY Hazardous Waste Site

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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