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7:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Report Finds Toxic Toys In Albany County

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Black Friday is just around the corner, but parents are being urged to take care when buying toys this year. Several being sold in Albany County contain toxic chemicals that pose health risks to children, according a new survey.  Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New York Senate Republicans To Rejoin Breakaway Dems In Senate Rule

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The leader of the Senate Republicans says his members will once again join forces with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the Senate come January.  Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.

Republicans won a bare majority of 32 seats in the 2014 elections, and GOP Leader Dean Skelos, following a two hour closed door meeting with his republican members,  says the GOP will once again form a coalition  government with leader of the Independent Democrats, Senator Jeff Klein.

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New York News
3:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

NYS Senate To Be Ruled By Coalition Again

Sen. Dean Skelos with Alan Chartock.

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says his members will once again partner with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the chamber in January. Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Report Studied School Harassment Among LGBT Students

High school can be a tough time for many young people, but especially so for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A new survey indicates those students can still face harassment, both verbal and physical, in the halls of the nation's high schools. Wayne Bowmanchester is a board member of the Capital Region chapter of GLSEN, the gay, lesbian, straight education network. He says student attitudes were recently surveyed as part of a national effort.

New York News
12:40 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Albany Law Professor Files Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Whistleblower Case

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Albany Law School Professor Robert Heverly recently filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Department of Homeland Security vs. MacLean on behalf of advocacy organization FlyersRights.org

As part of the case, the court will decide if a U.S. air marshal can be protected under the Whistle Blower Protection act after sharing information about the service to the press.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Community Corner: E. Max Frye, Co-Writer Of "Foxcatcher"

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This weekend marks the wide release of Foxcatcher, a new film directed by Bennet Miller depicting the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and millionaire coach John du Pont, the murderer of Schultz’ brother, Olympian Dave Schultz.

Foxcatcher stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. It has opened to positive reviews is on many Oscar-watch lists.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with E. Max Frye, a co-writer of the film, who discussed the process of putting the film together.

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New York News
12:11 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Senate To Miss Deadline To Approve Court Pick

The New York Senate will likely miss a deadline to approve Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest choice for the state’s high court.  As a result, there will be six judges instead of seven on the court come December.

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New York News
12:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

RPI Hosts First "Hackathon" To Spur Student Innovation

On the weekend of November 15th, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its very first Hackathon – a weekend-long design and developer competition drawing over 500 engineering students from around the country.

The idea was to create something from nothing in 24 short hours, using imagination, innovation, and maybe a little bit of caffeine. Hackathon competitions are a growing trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have become a very viable way for companies to recruit future employees.

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New York News
8:40 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

New York Ski Centers To Open

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area
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New York officials have announced that two state-owned ski centers will open on Sunday.

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New York News
5:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Gillibrand Delivers Long Awaited Medal To Hudson Falls Veteran

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited American Legion Post 574 in Hudson Falls to present a retired army veteran with a medal initially awarded nearly 60 years ago.

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