New England News
7:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Vermont Senator Introduces Measure To Reverse Citizens United

Senator Bernie Sanders

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued it’s controversial Citizens United campaign finance ruling Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

North Country Congressional Reaction To State Of The Union Address

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President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on a number of issues of concern in New York’s North Country and Vermont.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Blumenthal Reintroducing Women's Health Protection Act

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is leading an effort to reintroduce legislation aimed at blocking state and local laws prohibiting access to abortions or the operation of an abortion clinic.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Boosters Of Boston Bid For Olympics Detail Plans

An artist's rendering shows the temporary Olympic stadium that would be constructed in Boston if the city is awarded the 2024 Summer Games.
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The group working to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic games to Boston unveiled details of the proposal today.

       Most of the venues for the proposed Boston Olympics would be grouped into two clusters, one on the South Boston waterfront and the other along the Charles River on the campuses of Harvard, MIT, and Boston University.  Twenty-eight of the 33 venues would be within a radius of about 6 miles. Twenty-six of the venues are no more than a ten-minute walk from a public transit stop.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Proposes $141.6 Billion Budget Plan

Credit Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.

The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney,” because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.

“98 percent of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”

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Capital Region News
4:49 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

NY Lawmaker Seeks Funds For Town Near Planned Casino

Assemblyman James Tedisco
Credit Maria Valvanis

A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.

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Capital Region News
4:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Vultures In Suburbia

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Police in are using noisemakers and Canada geese decoys to scare away vultures lurking in a Capital Region neighborhood.

Neighbors have been complaining for years about the carrion-eating birds skulking on branches and rooftops. The Albany Times-Union reports that more than 30 black vultures have been observed hanging around the Guilderland neighborhood. Neighbors say the birds' smelly droppings are all over their yards and vehicles.

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New York News
4:34 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Proposes $141.6B Budget For 2015-16

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $141.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, up about $4 billion from the current budget.

The plan unveiled Wednesday to lawmakers will be followed by months of negotiations before the new year starts April 1.

The administration's proposal would increase spending from state and federal operating funds and capital programs by 2.8 percent.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Former Lee Police Chief To Face 2 Separate Trials

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A federal judge has ruled that a former western Massachusetts police chief charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a holiday toy fund and cheating the town into paying for his family's cellphone service will face two separate trials.

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New England News
4:12 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Baker: Boston Hospital Shooting Should Prompt Security Review

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Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital say Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery, died late Tuesday.

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