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  The New York State Senate held a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While Governor Cuomo and Assembly Democrats support the phase in to a higher wage, many Senators remain uncommitted.

Much of the conversation around stopping corruption at the state capitol is centered around limiting lawmakers' outside income.

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The Glens Falls region has a rich history of medical device manufacturing. More than 2,000 people work in New York’s “Catheter Valley”.

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New York's medical marijuana program began today, 18 months after lawmakers passed the Compassionate Care Act. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in North Albany for the opening of the Capital City's dispensary. / Sony Music Entertainment

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti is a Grammy Award-winning composer and musician who, in his words, is on a non-stop tour. Coming off a lengthy string of performances in New York City, Botti is set to leave for a world tour.

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The New York State Health Department is launching its much anticipated medical marijuana program today - but not without some pitfalls.


LANSING, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on 17 miners stuck in an elevator at a salt mine in central New York:

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The opening day of the legislative session featured talk of ethics reform, but Governor Cuomo chose to be elsewhere, putting off his traditional State of the State message for another week, and giving speeches in Syracuse and New York City instead.

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On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. The program at Fort Drum will begin on January 11th.

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The New York State Association of Counties released its list of 2016 legislative priorities on Wednesday, the first day of the new session.