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Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are prepared for the new competition from the casino industry.

State lottery officials say they are using zip code analysis to detect any shift in sales patterns in the convenience stores, gas stations, and bars located near Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino that opened to capacity crowds on June 24. 

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the lottery, vows the agency will compete with the casinos.

New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.

Several dozen people will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during naturalization ceremonies being held on the Fourth of July at three upstate New York locations.

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It turns out Thomas Bull wasn't much of a patriot after all.

Authorities in western Connecticut have identified a man found dead inside a well after an apparent accident.

(Airs 7/3/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A wage board appointed by the Governor says it will authorize a substantial raise for fast food workers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with John Kaeney, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, and residents of Northern NY are looking forward to getting back to normal after two prison escapees freedom comes to an end.

Michael Meeropol: Required Reading

23 hours ago

I would like to strongly recommend that everyone listening to this broadcast immediately go out and buy a short book (you can read it in one sitting) called THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway.  (NY:  Columbia University Press, 2014)  They had previous collaborated on a highly regarded book MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (NY and London:  Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011) in which they investigated the ability of large corporations (initially tobacco companies) to sow doubt about strong scientific findings that would, if followed, cut into their bottom lines.  In the case of tobacco, the companies were able to stave off the day of reckoning for decades.  Their success literally killed people. 

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An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Rogovoy Report for July 3, 2015

Jul 3, 2015

This weekend is yet another unofficial start to the summer cultural season in our region. All the theaters are open, dance companies are visiting from out of town, musicals and live radio plays are being staged, and the BSO finally arrives in Lenox for the official opening of the Tanglewood season.

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