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6:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Governor Cuomo Joins Schenectady Casino Celebration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Schenectady and Sullivan Counties to celebrate the Gaming Facility Location Board's decision regarding the new resort gaming destinations that were selected for each of the regions.
Credit Cuomo Administration / flickr

One day after the New York Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board gave the green light to three casino proposals, the celebration was on in Schenectady today.  At Proctors Theater, officials touted the prospect of continuing Schenectady’s economic renaissance with a gambling windfall.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Health Officials Moving Ahead On Setting Up Medical Marijuana In New York By 2016

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  Cuomo Administration officials who are devising regulations for medical marijuana in New York say it’s unlikely any patients in the state will get the drug before 2016.  They say they are working through the details of how to implement the program, but there are still many unanswered questions.

Aides to Cuomo say they’ve made some progress on figuring out how to manage a medical marijuana system that is still technically illegal in the United States. 

The preliminary rules on how to carry out New York’s medical marijuana program are due by the end of the year. 

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New England News
6:06 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

UMass' Caret Departing For Familiar Territory

Robert Caret will leave the University of Massachusetts to become the fourth chancellor of the University System of Maryland in July.
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The president of the University of Massachusetts is heading south to a familiar place.

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New England News
5:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

2 Defendants In Meningitis Outbreak Case Seek Bail

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A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.

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WAMC News
4:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Alert In NY, Mass. And Vt. For Abducted 5-Year-Old

Kenneth White
Credit http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11683/8304

An Amber Alert has been issued in three states after a 5-year-old boy was abducted from a home in eastern New York by two men wearing black ski masks.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says Kenneth White was being watched by the 19-year-old daughter of his legal guardians when the men entered the house, pinned the woman to the floor and took the child at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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New York News
4:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Signs Lyme Bill Protecting Doctors

Credit Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that would protect healthcare providers that treat chronic Lyme disease.

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Hudson Valley News
4:45 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

HV Congressman Speaks To NY Fracking Ban

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

A Hudson Valley congressman is weighing in with his view of Wednesday’s decision from top state administration officials to ban fracking in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York, citing concerns about health and environmental risks. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says his views on the issue have not changed.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: A Dream Deferred

In 1951, the African American poet, Langston Hughes published his anguished masterpiece, Harlem:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

Like a heavy load.          

Or does it explode?

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New York News
3:45 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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New York News
3:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuomo Demands Non-PC Answers From State Ed Officials

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to state education officials, saying he wants answers on why 99 percent of teachers scored highly on the most recent evaluations, while other data shows two-thirds of school children performing below acceptable levels in math and English.

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