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New York state has remained clear of a dreaded deer disease for another year.

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A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.

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Karen DeWitt

With lawmakers in Albany preoccupied with getting the budget done by week’s end, groups have to get creative to gain attention. Supporters of spending for public defense for the poor came up with one way- a wheel of fortune style game staged right in the middle of the action.

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The number pi goes far beyond 3.14. In fact, the mathematical constant has an infinite number of digits after its decimal. On Wednesday morning a Greenwich man made an attempt to set a new world record for memorizing the first 10,000 digits of pi. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was there to see if he reached the record.

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Michael Botticelli, the former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is speaking at Siena College in Loudonville, NY this afternoon. 

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Surrounded by miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of the previous administration’s plan to curb global warming.  One of the most controversial measures, of concern to advocates in the Northeast, is a rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

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Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

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A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

NY Budget Due March 31

Mar 27, 2017
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due on Friday.

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Uber and Lyft are making their final push to expand into upstate New York ahead of a key legislative deadline.

When the failed Republican American Health Care Act was pulled from the House on Friday, there was a collective sigh of relief among Obamacare supporters and participants. Lack of popular support for the measure is reflected in a new Siena College poll.

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Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing state police to conduct an investigation after offensive fliers were found in Western New York.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

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The Mohawk River, which begins in the Southern Adirondacks and empties into the Hudson in Cohoes, has had a new health assessment.

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Next week the city of Troy will begin work to replace a water line that burst in January 2016, impacting several nearby communities and rerouting traffic for weeks.

Another sitting state legislator, Rob Ortt, has been indicted, along with the person who held the Western New York Senate seat before him, George Maziarz – on corruption charges. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

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The leader of the State Senate says indicted GOP member Rob Ortt is staying on for now to help work on the upcoming state budget vote and other issues.

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Capital Region developer Galesi Group is behind the massive Mohawk Harbor project in Schenectady, the location that includes the recently opened Rivers Casino. The company’s Chief Operating Officer spoke in the Electric City this morning about the past, present, and future of the site that was until recently home to a shuttered factory.

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators  – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations.

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, are scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Albany. The indictments are part of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached a $540,000 settlement with a Virginia-based retailer and financing firm that fraudulently charged hundreds of military members.

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Upstate New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is applauding an amendment to House Republicans’ federal health care plan. Meantime, a progressive group is preparing another protest outside her district office.

New Push To Tax New York's Wealthiest

Mar 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio in Albany on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue: the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has called an amendment to the federal repeal of Obamacare that would force the state to pick up county Medicaid costs “unconscionable." 

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Tuesday was a busy day for village elections. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief reports on some of the places in our region that will see new leadership.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will have two new faces after candidates ran unopposed Tuesday. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the newcomers hope to move the village past looming environmental issues.

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Video game developers say New York will miss out on its chunk of a nearly $100 billion industry if it doesn't encourage companies to plant their roots in the state.

Medicaid Shift Gets Cool Reception In Albany

Mar 21, 2017
Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York,” while the leader of the Republicans in the legislature is voicing skepticism.

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