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New York News
12:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Anti-Corruption Panel, Moreland Commission Ends

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

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New York News
12:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Schools Gear Up For Early College And Technology Program

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Last August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an educational initiative to fast track high school students into career pathways. Participating schools will launch the program this fall.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Herbert London: Is President Obama In Touch With Reality?

Critics have suggested that President Obama’s foreign policy is “feckless.” Some have argued the president is insouciant, a relative innocent, incapable of responding to the challenges that confront him. I see it somewhat differently.

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New York News
12:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino

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New York state has issued its much-anticipated Request for Applications to casino operators. Now, some observers think siting criteria could keep a full-size casino out of Saratoga Springs after all.

The Request for Applications to Develop and Operate a Gaming Facility in New York State was issued this week by the State Gaming Commission.

Casino operators seeking a full casino license under New York’s new casino gambling law must submit their applications, along with a $1 million application fee. The cost of the license is $50 million.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino

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Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Budget Good And Bad

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New York’s environmental community is ambivalent about funding provisions for conservation and environmental programs in the finalized state budget.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg Reviews "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

To celebrate their 50th anniversary season, Performing Arts of Woodstock is presenting Oscar Wilde’s play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center right in the town on Rock City Road.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Odor Of The Foregoing

Those who would pillory our current President with biased blame for every current ill, to which their own calculated intransigence has contributed, are at odds with political history.  Before they finagle with falsehood and fabricate pure political fiction, to capture unworthy vindication by voters, they should consult the 1978 edition of a tiny text, this commentator still finds invaluable.  It’s titled “American History At A Glance.”  This is a brief quote from Chapter 14, titled: “The Harding Administration.”

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers are being criticized by good-government advocates for a budget agreement that tests public campaign financing only with the state comptroller’s race, and only for one year.

"The comptroller-only plan that was passed late last night is really very flawed."  Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says it's back to business as usual with the governor's blessing.

The $140 billion spending plan signed Tuesday morning includes testing public campaign finance in the state comptroller race this year.

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