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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Conn. Shooting Sparks Gun Control Debate in Mass.

The mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut is sparking more conversation about public safety, treatment of mental illness, and gun control, and the argument remains how state and federal will governments approach the issue.

John Rosenthal is Founder and Chairman of Newton, Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence. He says that the common thread between the crimes in Newtown and others in recent history remains unregulated access to weapons.

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New York News
1:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

NY Lawmakers Target Gun Control

Citizens are looking for answers in the wake of Friday's deadly shooting in Connecticut; police agencies are reviewing their preparedness and procedures; lawmakers are attempting to tighten already strict gun control laws in New York.


Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

New York is often referred to as a state where it is "difficult to get a gun". The way the law is interpreted can vary from county to county.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Rob Edelman: The Best and the Worst, Part 1

Each year, so many downright awful movies make it into theaters. If you set out to compile a list of the ten-best films of a given year, you easily might cite the 25 worst films... or the 35... or the 50. And unfortunately, 2012 was no different.

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Hudson Valley News
12:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Planners eye "Catskill-Shawangunk Greenway"

Credit WikiPedia

A plan to re-invent the former prison farm at Wawarsing as a recreational getaway and tourist attraction is moving forward. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Activists envision transforming the old farm at Eastern Correctional Facility into "the CATSKILL-SHAWANGUNK GREENWAY" -John Adams is founder of the Friends of Colony Farm: he says there is wide ranging support for the plan to market the town as a recreational gateway community to the 2 mountain ranges, with emphasis on agri-tourism, hiking and biking.

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New York News
12:18 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

FEMA OKs Essex, Ulster County flood-property buyouts

Destruction from Irene and Lee: an all-too-familiar sight in New York State.

Members of the public in Essex and Ulster counties have 15 days to sound off on a federal proposal to buy several flood-prone homes, many of which suffered massive damage in 2011 from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Casino Proposals Draw Praise, Concerns At Springfield Forum

Top executives from casino industry heavyweights MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming pitched their competing  plans for Springfield Massachusetts last night.  The forum drew hundreds of people with questions about the impact of a casino development in downtown Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:27 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Eliot Spitzer - Jobs & the Fiscal Cliff

The jobs report last Friday was confusing, to say the least. Yes, the core unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, but a major reason for that was a drop in the size of the workforce—now a mere 63.6 percent of the population, far below what it has been over the past decade. While 146,000 jobs were created, the employment market remains anemic, demand is still low, and median income is still trending flat to down.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:27 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Herbert London: Further Proof the Nobel Peace Prize Is A Perverse Joke

Just what is the Nobel Peace Prize committee up to?  In giving the prize to the European Union (EU) the Norwegians comprising the decision making committee made themselves a laughing stock… again.  In what sense, is this regional union an avatar for peace? This decision is comparable to giving an award to a committee held together with illusions.

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Hudson Valley News
12:12 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Orange County School District a “Race to the Top” federal grant winner

Middletown City School District using tablet computers in the classroom.
Credit Middletown NY City School District

A school district in Orange County is one of 16 districts in the nation to receive a federal "Race To The Top" grant, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that 16 applicants – representing 55 school districts across 11 states and the District of Columbia – have won the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. Launched in 2009, Race to the Top has inspired dramatic education reform nationwide. Middletown was the only school district in New York to receive money in this round of funding.

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Hudson Valley News
12:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Future of Fracking Remains Uncertain in NY

Opponents and supporters of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing are stuck in limbo, both sides believing a "final decision" is long overdue, Some local governments have taken matters into their own hands, not waiting for the state to take action.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on some of the most recent developments.

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