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8:46 am
Sun October 5, 2014

New York Lags In Gambling Addiction Help

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New York trails other states in supporting programs for gambling addiction — even though it plans to open new casinos soon and already makes more money from casinos, race tracks and the lottery than any other state.

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WAMC News
8:13 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal Call For Rail Safety "Overhaul"

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Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they want to "overhaul" rail safety laws to prevent future derailments and other accidents.

The two Democrats say Sunday they'll introduce legislation that would boost funding for federal rail safety and operations programs, strengthen the Federal Railroad Administration's enforcement powers and require enhanced inspections of commuter railroads. The proposal would also require new operating practices for the transport of crude oil and other flammable liquids.

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New England News
8:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

AP Calls Vermont Gubernatorial Primaries For Shumlin, Milne

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Associated Press has declared Gov. Peter Shumlin the winner of his party's primary, a result that was widely expected and clears the way for the Democrat to seek a third two-year term in November.

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New York News
8:10 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Longshot V.E. Day Takes Travers

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — V.E. Day caught Wicked Strong late to take the 145th running of the Travers Stakes by a nose Saturday over an impressive field that included Belmont champion Tonalist and favorite Bayern.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, V.E. Day beat out the co-second choices after going off at nearly 20-1 and returning $41.00, $13.20, and $7.30 in the $1.25 million Grade 1 stakes race.

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WAMC News
11:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator James Jeffords Dies

Sen. James Jeffords

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The former U.S. senator from Vermont who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80.

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New York News
7:59 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Plane Crash Near Saratoga Kills 2

Both people on board were killed when a small plane crashed just after takeoff near Saratoga Springs.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says the Cessna hit the top of a tree on a road near Herber Airpark around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

The plane came to rest upside down on the front lawn of a home.

The county coroner pronounced 33-year-old pilot Ciprian Ivascu, of Newburgh, and 61-year-old passenger Jon Stomski, of Milton, dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

New York News
8:08 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Teen Killed In Adirondack Bus Crash

A teenage river guide was killed when a bus with 34 people aboard overturned en route to an excursion in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

State police say the 15-year-old was thrown from the bus and died at the scene in Lake Luzerne around 12:30 p.m., Saturday.

They didn't identify or provide further details about the victim. Another person was hospitalized with an ankle injury.

State police say the modified school bus may have had mechanical problems. An investigation is continuing.

WAMC News
10:48 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Stefanik Defeats Doheny In NY-21 GOP Race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Bush White House aide Elise Stefanik has won the Republican primary for Congress in northern New York, defeating Matthew Doheny.

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New York News
9:32 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Schumer Asks FDA To Block Powdered Alcohol

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prevent a powdered alcohol from reaching store shelves this fall, saying that it would become "the Kook-Aid of teen binge drinking."

The New York Democrat in a letter says the product Palcohol can be mixed with water, sprinkled on food or even snorted and easily concealed.

Palcohol's parent company Lipsmark disagrees, saying it would be painful to snort and will be sold under the same restrictions as liquid alcohol.

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New England News
9:11 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Connecticut Lawmakers Pass Budget Deal

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Connecticut lawmakers have passed an approximately $19 billion budget crafted by the Democrats.

The Senate approved the deal on a 21-15 vote early Sunday morning. About an hour earlier, the House had approved the same agreement. The budget bill now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.

The deal was reached just days after revelations that the state's projected budget surplus had plunged.

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