Hudson Valley News

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12:52 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Legislators Eye Teacher Evaluations

New York State’s controversial new system for evaluating teachers and principals was enacted into law in 2010 to help the state win $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds. The system grades teachers, in part on how their students progress on state tests. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the issue has turned red hot:


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11:38 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Tenant Accountability Act Under Consideration in Kingston

An Ulster County City is considering enacting a proposal that would make renters responsible for some duties typically expected of landlords. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Hudson Valley News
10:52 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Ash Borer Making Inroads In The Hudson Valley

The discovery of an emerald ash borer infestation in the Dutchess County
village of Rhinecliff last month has entomologists hopeful they can
control the invasive pest... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas

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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri April 13, 2012

NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost

New York's two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

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Hudson Valley News
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.

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