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A board controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders voted Wednesday to approve more than $485 million for the Buffalo Billion project. But there were some questions from board members about details of a program that is now under federal investigation.

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Congress has passed a bill that would institute more rigorous oversight of industrial chemicals.

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For the last two winters, the Salvation Army has hosted Saratoga Springs’ Code Blue program at its building on Woodlawn Avenue, on the city’s west side.

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In March, attorneys representing the Saratoga Spring Water Company sent a cease and desist letter to downtown’s Saratoga Juice Bar.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a bill on closing a loophole that allows for unlimited big money donations to candidates. The LLC loophole has played a key role in the federal corruption trials of both former leaders of the legislature, and may be a factor in the ongoing federal probe of the governor’s economic development projects.

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New York's attorney general has sued Domino's Pizza Inc. and three franchisees, alleging they underpaid workers based on payroll reports generated by the parent company's computer system.

A bill that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician has cleared a hurdle in New York's state Legislature.

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  It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading, during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.

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A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.

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An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

The town supervisor of a Rensselaer County community that is home to a Federal Superfund site is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for additional testing for the chemical PFOA.

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New York state is making a new investment in helping first responders train for oil fires.

New York state has opened its campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills to public use for the season.

In a tragic start to Preakness day, the winner of the first race at Pimlico Race Course has died on his walk back to the barn.

State Senator George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) announced on Friday that he will seek re-election in November.

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State health officials say the flu virus is no longer prevalent in New York.

New York's oversight agency for the disabled in state care says it updated email lists following an Associated Press story that a district attorney didn't receive nine reports of suspicious deaths sent over the past three years.

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The third-floor music hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall was filled for the Public Safety forum on the issue of aggressive panhandling. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen assembled a panel consisting of the city’s police and fire departments and advocates for the disadvantaged.

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced $600,000 in state funding to make recreational and safety improvements at the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.

The industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS have caused trouble for residents of communities like Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh, and Bennington. Federal officials have advised residents to stop drinking the contaminated water and state governments are still putting measures in place to deliver clean water to residents.

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A letter from Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Thomas Perillo says elevated levels of lead were found in a variety of sources, including drinking water fountains, at three separate buildings: Barkley, Marie Curie, and Tecler Elementary Schools.

Around 98 percent of New York school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday.  Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, joins WAMC's Ray Graf for a discussion about the results. 

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New York health insurers have proposed premium increases averaging 17 percent for next year in the market for individuals and 12 percent for small groups. 

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A new campaign to increase the quality and quantity of teachers in New York was announced on Wednesday by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The initiative was launched to help encourage college enrollment in teaching professions.

New York's comptroller says Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains.

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SPAC announced the capital campaign at its annual meeting Wednesday, intending it to coincide with the organization’s 50th anniversary season.

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“My name is Chad Putman and I am running to be the next senator from the 49th District. Are you with me?" Putman asked his supporters.

Democrat Chad Putman marked the beginning of his journey across the sprawling district Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Park in Schenectady. The pocket park, which Putman helped revitalize with his husband Spero Zoulas, is just around the corner from their home.

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  With his former top aide facing a federal probe for potential conflicts of interest for consulting work, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said twice now that he did not know what the former close associate of the Cuomo family was up to. Percoco left state service earlier this year for a job at Madison Square Garden.

Utilities and their labor unions are asking New York lawmakers to make it a felony when anyone attacks utility workers.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced legislation to fight the AIDS epidemic in New York.

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