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Fri October 31, 2014

The Academic Minute for 10.27-10.31

Monday, October 27
Alex Müller - University of Cape Town   
Health Care and LGBT Discrimination

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New England News
11:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Vermont To Hold Hearing On Marijuana Legalization

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The state of Vermont will host a hearing on the possible legalization of marijuana.

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New England News
9:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Man Says He's Quarantined After West Africa Trip

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Peter Italia of Rutland says he's the person being voluntarily quarantined by Vermont health officials after he returned from a private visit to West Africa where he went to investigate the Ebola outbreak.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Stowe Bridge Has Cracks But Officials Say No Danger

A new bridge installed this summer just south of Stowe village on Vermont Route 100 is showing big cracks in its concrete beams.

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New York News
6:32 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Senate 46th: A Fight To The Finish

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It’s “déjà vote” in the race for New York’s 46th district state Senate seat.

No—this isn’t an old story from 2012. State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, a Democrat, and former Republican Assemblyman George Amedore are in a rematch for New York’s newest state Senate district, and they’re relitigating some old arguments.

As was two years ago, the focus is again on big money, PACs and George Soros.  Some observers, including the Amedore campaign, believe Tkaczyk's 18-vote squeaker happened because of money.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Republican Candidate Kicks Off Get Out The Vote Tour In Plattsburgh

Elise Stefanik
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With polls showing her leading the race for New York’s 21st Congressional district, Republican Elise Stefanik began a new drive to election day today with a get out the vote tour beginning in Plattsburgh. The “New Ideas, New Generation” kickoff focused on jobs and economic development. 

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New England News
6:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

New Charges Brought In Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme

A New York City woman, whom authorities allege was the ringleader of a large auto insurance fraud scheme in western Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to additional charges.

A judge in Northampton increased by $100 the original $100,000 bail set for 55 year old Lefen Chen at her arraignment on a new grand jury indictment. Chen is now facing 167 counts of insurance fraud, perjury, and conspiracy.  Assistant Northwestern DA Steve Gagne said Chen allegedly helped people from New York falsely register and insure their cars in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

As Comment Period Ends, EPA Remedy For Housatonic Faces Criticism

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012
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General Electric disagrees with the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup plan for the contaminated Housatonic River. The company argues the proposal goes against EPA precedents, causing unnecessary destruction to the river’s ecosystem and the lives of people living nearby.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Comptroller's Race Hampered By Failure Of Public Campaign Finance Experiment

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 An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.

The pilot public campaign financing program was limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical.”

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Green Congressional Candidate Discusses Campaign

Matt Funiciello
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Third-party candidates often look to young voters to boost their campaigns.  The Green Party candidate seeking New York’s 21st district U.S. House seat held by retiring Democrat Bill Owens was on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Wednesday evening.

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