WAMC News
7:05 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Morning Headlines With Mike Spain Of The Times Union

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the Cuomo administration's attempt to lower the amount of member in PEF and the Research Foundation for the State University of New York set to pay $3.75 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into claims that employees were directed to manipulate audits to lower eligibility error rates for Medicaid recipients.

Weather
6:55 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Thickening clouds today.  A chance of showers by dark.  Highs near 40.

Rain tonight.  Possibly some freezing rain in mountain valleys.   Lows in the lower to mid 30's.

Cloudy with scattered showers tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Sports
5:42 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Sports Report: Saints Trump Bears 31-15

NFL:

On Monday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints are back atop the NFC South following a convincing victory over the hapless Bears in Chicago, 31-15.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Massachusetts Announces Funds To Train Machinists

Mass. secretary for Housing and Economic Development is seen touring a state-funded training center for machinists at Springfield Technical Community College
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The Patrick administration today announced more funding to help strengthen the advanced manufacturing industry in Massachusetts.

       Massachusetts will distribute $1.5 million to be shared by five regional workforce development agencies across the state to help recruit and train 280 unemployed or underemployed people for careers in precision manufacturing.    A vocational high school in western Massachusetts will get $400,000 to equip its machine shop with state of the art equipment.         

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Common

From left to right: Pittsfield Parks Commission Chair Dr. John Herman, Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi, State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bovier, State Sen. Ben Downing and Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Maeve Vallely Bartlett cut a ribbon celebrating the $4.8 million renovation of Pittsfield's First St. Common
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

State and city officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the nearly-completed facelift of Pittsfield’s First Street Common.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Major Decisions On Casinos, Hydrofracking And Thruway Tolls Due Before End Of Year

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

  It’s looking less and less likely that state Senators and Assemblymembers will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydro-fracking.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NY Manufacturing Contracts In December

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Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to negative-3.6 in December from 10.2 the previous month. Any figure below zero indicates contraction.

Factories in the state may be slowing after a rapid run-up in business in the fall. The index reached a five-year high of 27.5 in September.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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New York News
4:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NY Bans Cosmetic Pet Tattoos, Piercings

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York.

It will soon be a crime to pierce or tattoo your companion animal anywhere in the state. The new law signed Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo takes effect in 120 days. There's an exception in the law for is marking done under a veterinarian's supervision for a medical reason or identification.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Newtown Families To Continue Congressional Lobbying, Community Action

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty at microphone introduced Nicole Hockley to her left and Mark Barden, parents of children killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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Parents of two victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting say they will continue to fight for stronger laws to combat gun violence.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Political Powerhouse David Garth Dies In New York

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A powerful political adviser who was influential in the elections of several New York City mayors has died. David Garth was 84.

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