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Hudson Valley News
8:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Reconstruction To Begin On A Hurricane-Damaged Bridge

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

Elected officials gathered in Orange County this morning to announce the start of reconstruction of a bridge damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. They say the lengthy process of securing funding to get construction off the ground needs to be streamlined.

Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley and destroyed the Forge Hill Bridge over Moodna Creek in New Windsor, elected officials stood in front of the site, announcing that bridge construction begins next week. Here’s Republican state Senator Bill Larkin.

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New York News
7:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New York Gets $800M In Bank Of America Settlement

Credit New York State

New York state is getting $800 million as its share of a national $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlement Thursday. He says the bank has agreed to pay the state $300 million in cash and $500 million in the form of direct relief to consumers.

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Capital Region News
6:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Tonko Tours Port Of Albany

Congressman Paul Tonko at the Port of Albany, August 2014
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One day after the latest crude oil spill at the Port of Albany, New York Congressman Paul Tonko of the 20th district toured the facilities this morning to learn more about products coming through the harbor.

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New England News
6:37 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New England Governors' Energy Plan On Hold

Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) is seeking a delay in a regional energy plan while demand and supply studies are updated

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is calling for more study of a plan to address New England’s energy needs.

A coalition of New England governors, after working more than a year, was going to unveil a plan next month to import more Canadian hydropower and build new natural gas pipelines to be financed by an electricity rate tariff.  But Gov. Patrick has now requested a delay to obtain more data.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

State Shows Support For North Adams River Project

Credit Hoosic River Revival

A recently signed environmental bond bill includes money to help North Adams reclaim an often overlooked river that dissects the city.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AG Challenger Focuses On Corruption Commission

  The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing TV ads and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Commission.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, was with the commission. The commissions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

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New England News
4:38 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Conn. Gov. Malloy And Outgoing Edu. Commissioner Appear Unified

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT)
Credit CT.gov

Governor Dannel Malloy is praising Connecticut's education commissioner for doing "great work," rejecting suggestions he asked Stefan Pryor to announce plans to seek another job.

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New York News
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cuomo: Outlaw Gender Identity Discrimination

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New York's governor says transgender people should be protected from discrimination and says that if elected to a second term he'll push to include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights law.

In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Cuomo notes that transgender people face significant discrimination and that the state should outlaw discrimination against them when it comes to things like housing, employment and public accommodations.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability and gender.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Court Approves Building Permit For Power Plant

A Massachusetts court has reinstated the building permit for a controversial wood-burning power plant in Springfield.

   The decision by the Massachusetts Land Court overturned the vote by the city’s zoning board of appeals in 2011 to invalidate the building permit for the 35-megawatt power plant proposed by Palmer Renewable Energy.  Project opponents have 30 days to appeal the court’s ruling.  Michaelann Bewsee of Arise for Social Justice said the wood-burning power plant threatens the public health.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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