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Transportation officials say teams have examined another 341 oil tank cars, 132 miles of track and 69 switches, finding five critical defects needing an immediate fix and 42 others. 

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Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

Karen DeWitt

 Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders said they hoped to have final agreements on the state budget by evening, and could possibly print bills Tuesday night, to begin voting on Thursday. But by late Tuesday afternoon they were still working on reaching final agreements.  

Constitution Pipeline

The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields through New York’s Southern Tier and into Schoharie County, connecting with a network of other pipelines. By now, had things gone according to plan, natural gas would be flowing through it. But, public opposition and regulatory red tape have dogged the $680 million project.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders won definitive victories in Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska.   The candidate’s chief strategists say it is still possible to make up a significant gap in delegates. But the chief strategist for frontrunner Hillary Clinton discounted those claims. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports New York’s primary April 19th now looms large.

Gov. Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in the wake of that state's decision to overturn an ordinance on transgender rights.

NYPIRG executive director Blair Horner and Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With budget negotiations down to the final days before the April 1st deadline, state government watchdogs in Albany say the process has been too opaque — especially after high-profile corruption convictions of the legislature’s former leaders.

Lawmakers Nearing Budget Deal In Albany

Mar 28, 2016
Gov. Cuomo
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Lawmakers worked toward a budget deal late Monday in Albany, as New York Governor Cuomo indicated he’s making some concessions on the minimum wage.

Oxycodone pills

Residents of New York who require prescription medication will no longer need to carry a paper scrip to the pharmacy.  New York’s groundbreaking electronic prescription law known as “I-Stop” is now in effect.



Workers, labor advocates and faith leaders plan to hold a 24-hour vigil at the New York state Capitol in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15.

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Thoroughbred racing fans will have the chance to pick up season passes for the 2016 meet at the Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

Calvin Harris will go on trial for murder in upstate New York for the fourth time since his estranged wife disappeared in September 2001.

Skidmore College

A former president of Skidmore College has died. David H. Porter, the college's fifth president, was found on a path near his home in Saratoga Springs Saturday morning. The 80-year-old was reported missing Friday evening. Police do not suspect foul play.

Likely within days, New Yorkers will find out whether the minimum wage is going up.

Police say an explosive device damaged a vehicle in a parking lot in Utica.

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  When the state budget is approved next week it will likely not include a discount for frequent users of the New York State Thruway. The legislature has rejected Governor Cuomo’s plan to use some of the state’s surplus to subsidize tolls.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York is home to more than 65,000 women veterans. A community forum scheduled for tonight in Schenectady aims to bring the issues they face into focus.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

With a deadline approaching for lawmakers to agree on a final New York State budget, legislators are making the rounds in their districts this week to advocate for their priorities. In Saratoga Springs, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner spent a day visiting with students and teachers.

Stephens Mundy
University of Vermont Health Network—Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

The Healthcare Association of New York State advocates in Albany and Washington on behalf of hospitals and health care providers across the state.   University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital President and CEO Stephens Mundy has been named board chair of the association.  It is the first time anyone from Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties in northern New York has been appointed to the position.  Mundy says one of his key priorities is DSRIP, New York’s Medicaid restructuring program.

Key New York lawmakers are continuing efforts to legalize daily fantasy sports following Monday's agreement by its two biggest websites to stop taking bets in New York until July.  New York's Republican-controlled Senate has already backed regulating daily fantasy sports, putting that in its recent budget proposal.

Supporters and opponents of a $15 minimum wage in New York are blasting reports that Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a compromise that could stretch out the phase in period, and exempt farmers from the higher pay requirements. 

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy.

The State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher say they would freeze tuition if the system receives more state money in the budget.

Next month, after years under state control, the New York Racing Association is expected to submit a reprivatization plan.


The Justice Department is preparing to announce charges in a cyberattack on a small dam outside New York City, a case U.S. officials have linked to Iran.

SUNY Tuition Freeze press conference
Karen DeWitt

Top State University of New York officials say they want a tuition freeze at the state’s colleges and universities, and are asking Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to adequately fund SUNY in the budget  so that they don’t have to raise rates for students . The request comes as lawmakers are scrambling to meet a March 31 budget deadline.

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The New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation say tests are showing decontamination of the Hoosick Falls water system is successful.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The city says it is the fourth-oldest operating performance venue in the nation. Now, a partnership between the Cohoes Music Hall and the Palace Theatre in Albany is seeking to breathe new life into the building.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to help daycare centers test their water for lead. 

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National Grid is joining with local highway officials across New York with a simple message: slow down.