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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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New England News
3:53 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Following Freezing Issues, North Adams Asking Residents To Run Faucets

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After multiple water main breaks and frozen lines North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright is asking residents to run their faucets to prevent further problems during cold weather.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Blair Horner: Albany Goes Dark


Two years ago, Governor Cuomo unveiled a new government portal called “open.ny.gov.”  At that time the governor proclaimed, “"This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets - data. As it expands and evolves over time, open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability, and bring the people back into government."

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Weather
3:46 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 2, 2015.

New York News
3:29 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

15 Upstate NY Towns Consider Seceding To PA

One of the many placards that appeared during the time New York couldn't make up its mind about fracking.

Angered over the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, some towns in New York's Southern Tier have raised the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania. The local municipalities' "wishful thinking" has attracted national attention.

Beneath New York's economically distressed Southern Tier: the same gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has allowed Pennsylvania and other states to cash in on the fracking boom. In December, after years "on hold," the Cuomo administration finally addressed hydraulic fracturing, banning it based on potential health risks and "overstated" economic benefits.

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New England News
2:48 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

BHS Offering Outpatient Orthopedic Surgery At Former NARH

Berkshire Health Systems now owns the site of the former North Adams Regional Hospital where it operates a satellite emergency facility.
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Outpatient orthopedic surgery has returned to the former North Adams Regional Hospital about 11 months after the hospital abruptly closed its doors.

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