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3:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Tentative Deal On Common Core Test Moratorium For Teachers

NYSUT president Karen Magee says her members are OK with the Common Core moratorium.

A tentative agreement has been reached by New York Governor Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Farmers Fight EPA Over Proposed Water Rule

A federally proposed water rule has New York farmers and others around the nation up in arms. They see it as an attempt to regulate virtually all water, and warn if implemented, the measure will raise the phrase "red tape" to a whole new level.

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New York News
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill To Outlaw Tattoos On Pets

State lawmakers in New York have voted to make it illegal to tattoo or pierce dogs and cats. 

The bill came following reports of the sale of so-called "gothic kittens" that had piercings on their necks and back, and of a Brooklyn tattoo artist who tattooed his dog.

The bill passed the state Assembly earlier this month and was endorsed by the Senate on Wednesday. Both votes were unanimous. The proposal now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law.

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New York News
2:11 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Senate Votes To Expand Sex Harassment Law

The New York Senate has passed legislation to broaden sexual harassment laws — but it may languish because of an abortion-related legislative standoff.

The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would expand sexual harassment laws to cover small businesses, which are now exempt.

Assembly leaders have included the measure in a broad, 10-point "women's equality bill" that also contains an abortion provision matching state law with the federal Roe v. Wade decision.

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New York News
2:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Boy Injured In Bounce House Accident Released From Hospital

The second of two young New York boys injured when an inflatable play house became airborne has been released from a hospital.

Police in South Glens Falls tell The Post-Star newspaper the 6-year-old was released earlier this month and is back home. The boy is continuing treatment for two broken arms and other injuries.

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New York News
1:37 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open

New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.

The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.

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New York News
6:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Community Corner: SPAC's Marcia White On Return Of New York City Ballet In 2015

Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently announced that the New York City Ballet will return next year with a full, two-week residency. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Marcia White, SPAC  President and Executive Director, about the process of bringing the ballet back for its 50th anniversary season in 2015.
 

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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New York News
4:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montgomery County Officials Hopeful For Casino

Officials in the Mohawk Valley are enthusiastic about a new casino proposal close to home, but the project could be at a disadvantage with other projects on the table vying for the Capital Region casino license. 

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New York News
12:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death

Dr. Todd Doyle
Credit New York Oncology- Hematology

Brian Shields Talks With Dr. Todd Doyle On Tony Gwynn's Oral Cancer

The baseball world is mourning the death of Tony Gwynn. One of the all-time baseball greats died this week at the age of 54 from oral cancer. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, like many of his fellow players, used smokeless tobacco. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who said he never smoked or used smokeless tobacco, recently announced that his oral cancer had returned and has undergone additional surgery. Despite efforts to discourage its use, some baseball players still use smokeless tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancers, according to Dr. Todd Doyle, Chief of Radiation Oncology at New York Oncology-Hematology.

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