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7:59 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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New York News
7:46 am
Mon January 28, 2013

NY expects further drop in prison inmates

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials project the state's prisons will shed 1,000 more inmates over the next four years, partly because of relaxed drug laws.

That follows a 25 percent drop since 1999.

The inmate population is below 55,000 after peaking at more than 72,000 in 1999 under the harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws.

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New England News
8:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Sen. Warren "disappointed" in filibuster changes

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's disappointed Senate leaders weren't able to come up with tougher changes to the filibuster rule that allows minority parties to bottle up legislation.

The Massachusetts Democrat had vowed to join with other Democrats to limit use of the filibuster — a move she said would help break gridlock in Washington by curbing the ability of Republicans to block votes.

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New England News
9:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Connecticut man pleads guilty in Donovan case

Christopher G. Donovan, former Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, on the opening day of the 2009 Legislative Session.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Middlebury man who owned two roll-your-own tobacco shops in Waterbury has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged campaign financing plot surrounding former House Speaker Chris Donovan's one-time congressional campaign.

Forty-year-old Paul Rogers pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of devising a scheme to bribe a public official, one count of conspiring to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and impeding the agency's enforcement of federal campaign finance laws.

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North Country News
8:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Vermont House gives final OK to budget adjustment

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has given final approval to a mid-fiscal-year budget adjustment that takes savings from Medicaid and uses the money to address other growing demands in human services.

The biggest new line item is more than $4.5 million for the ReachUp program, which helps people move from welfare to work. Others are $3.2 million for child development and about $2 million each for general assistance and mental health.

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New England News
6:25 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Money on the minds of lawmakers in Vt.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers will have money in mind for the next couple of days.

On Wednesday, the House is slated to take final action on a mid-year budget adjustment bill to respond to growing needs in human services.

Also Wednesday, the Emergency Board — made up of the governor and the four legislative money committee chairs — is scheduled to hear a new revenue forecast from two consulting economists.

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Science & Technology
10:22 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Atari US files for Chapter 11 to separate from parent

Atari 2600
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Video game maker Atari's U.S. operations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to separate from their French parent company, which is filing a similar motion separately in France.

In a statement, Atari says the move is necessary to secure investments it needs to grow in mobile and downloadable video games.

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World News
10:10 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Israelis expected to return Netanyahu to office

Benjamin Netanyahu
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis voted Tuesday in an election likely to keep hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the helm of government for a third term despite a turbulent record: no peace process with Palestinians, growing diplomatic isolation and signs of economic trouble ahead.

The balloting capped a lackluster three-month campaign that was expected to leave Netanyahu at the helm of a coalition dominated by hard-liners opposed to concessions that could bring Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

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New York News
7:06 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Cuomo set to outline $132B NY state budget

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to detail his budget proposals for the state's 2013-2014 fiscal year beginning April 1.

He's expected to propose about $132 billion in spending and attack a deficit of at least $1 billion as the state deals with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy and tax collections lagging behind projections.

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New York News
8:38 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Work to begin on $1B repair of NYC aqueduct tunnel

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Work is set to begin on a $1B repair of a main aqueduct carrying water from upstate reservoirs to New York City.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says site preparation work will begin later this month for the 2.5-mile Rondout-West Branch Bypass Tunnel. The project will allow the DEP to repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct.

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