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  The Chair of the New York State Assembly Education Committee says an education tax credit bill pressed by Governor Andrew Cuomo is not appropriate for the state at this time.

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Clean energy advocates are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to ramp up plans for large scale renewable energy beyond the $1.5 billion over 10 years proposed this month by the New York State Energy Resource Development Authority.

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  Empire State leaders have approved legislation  that makes changes to the SAFE Act.

The state Senate has voted 35-26 to tweak the landmark gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Senate passed changes yesterday that would allow a family member to inherit certain types of semi-automatic firearms when their owner dies and make pistol permit applications exempt from open records laws.

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One of the two convicted murderers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility is a career criminal who killed a man in Mexico after abducting, torturing and dismembering a Buffalo-area businessman.

A convict being sought by authorities after escaping from the Clinton Correctional maximum-security prison in northern New York was serving a sentence of life without parole for the 2002 killing of an upstate sheriff's deputy.

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The smoking rate in New York state has dropped to its lowest level since public health officials began tracking the number.

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Lady Gaga is teaming up with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to push for a new campus sexual assault policy at all of the state's colleges and universities.

An Albany attorney recently took office as the president of the New York State Bar Association. David Miranda, a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley and Mesiti, took over June 1. Miranda spoke with WAMC News about several issues facing the bar, including a new agreement between the District Attorneys Association and the Innocence Project on legislation to regulate the videotaping of police interrogations.

Two prisoners used power tools to escape from the maximum security prison in Dannemora in northern New York over the weekend, spurring an unprecedented search and state bounty on the pair. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, even top officials acknowledge it was a daring plot.

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A daylong summit on crude oil transportation is under way at the College of St. Rose in Albany.

Albany County hasn't had a major oil train disaster, but County Executive Dan McCoy, erring on the side of "safe, not sorry" called a community "Crude Oil Transportation Summit" to brainstorm and compare notes with officials who have had to deal with such calamities.  "We've never really had to deal with this type of emergency, and hopefully we never do. But we want to be prepared, if something, God forbid like this happens, that we handle it correctly."

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