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Police in New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving over the busy Memorial Day holiday.

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Repair crews on New York state highways are taking a break over the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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A black bear spotted for weeks in rural New York state with his head trapped in a plastic food jug has been rescued from his plight.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Two Congressman representing two centers of horse racing, upstate New York and Kentucky, have re-introduced a bill intended to improve the sport of kings with new anti-doping requirements.

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Downtown Glens Falls is about to get a $10 million makeover.

State officials on Thursday announced plans to revitalize the city 50 miles north of Albany with an expanded downtown market, high-speed broadband, a new arts trail and the redevelopment of four vacant parcels of land. Additionally, SUNY Adirondack's culinary school will be relocated downtown.

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Democratic Congressional representatives from districts surrounding the Hudson River have written to federal authorities asking for an expanded assessment of the river. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the letter comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon release a second five-year review of the massive Superfund cleanup.

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Members of the New York state Senate met with community leaders in the Mohawk Valley region Wednesday to get more information on the battle against heroin and opioid addiction.

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The outgoing Chancellor of the SUNY system says President Trump’s budget, if enacted, would seriously hamper the chances for many of New York’s young people to attend college.  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says cuts to programs that help disadvantaged high school students gain the opportunity to attend college, as well as reductions to federal college aid, and cuts to medical research, including cancer research, would have a huge negative impact on New York’s colleges.

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A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program has activists and politicians up in arms.  Advocates for the poor worry President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal would worsen conditions for American families struggling to pay for groceries.

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Dutch dignitaries got a taste of Kingston Wednesday, when New York State officials hosted a delegation from the Netherlands, in a joint effort promoting local tourism from Europe.

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The New York State Senate passed legislation that would outlaw the use of elephants in circuses, fairs, TV, movies and any other form of entertainment. 

The bill was written by students at Pace University. They were in Albany on Wednesday with their faculty members, John Cronin and Michelle Land.

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The town of Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County has taken steps to keep cigarette butts and smoking out of public parks and trails.

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A new poll finds Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his highest approval rating in three years.

According to the Siena College poll, 61% of voters now say they view him favorably overall, and just over half 51% say they like the job he’s doing in office. Siena polls spokesman Steve Greenberg says the numbers are part of trend of rising popularity for the governor in the weeks since President Trump’s inauguration on January 20th.

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New York farmworkers are hoping a legal challenge might tip the scales in their favor after years of protesting a state law that prevents them from unionizing.

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Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol Tuesday to gain support in the state senate to adopt a statewide single payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Trump have been trying to dismantle.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

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The New York Police Department says it has tightened security at high-profile locations "out of an abundance of caution" following the deadly explosion in Manchester, England.

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Some New York state lawmakers want to withhold millions of dollars of funding from Penn Station until Amtrak resolves chronic commuter train delays. 

Legislation in the Senate would direct the Long Island Rail Road and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to cease regular payments for Penn Station for the rest of the year until 95 percent of the trains using the station are on time.

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Six Democratic state attorneys general including New York's are asking federal regulators to place new restrictions on crude oil trains that pass through their states.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says these trains can carry crude oil through densely populated areas such as downtown Albany without any limit on explosiveness or flammability.

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New York is adding almost 300 acres of land to Adirondack Park to settle more than a century of differences between the state and a group of townspeople.

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate are trying to change the subject.

 

Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants.

The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

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New York's Assembly minority leader is urging the body to accelerate authorization of ride-hailing services in upstate communities.

Republican Brian Kolb says he hopes the Assembly will quickly consider legislation that will permit ride-hailing apps to begin services north of New York City in time for the busy July Fourth weekend.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump for federal help at Penn Station, saying the impact of its disrepair is at "a tipping point."

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Oprah Winfrey was among the honored guests at Skidmore College’s 2017 Commencement on Saturday.

Speaking to graduates after accepting an honorary doctorate, the global media star asked the audience at Saratoga Performing Arts Center to “challenge their spiritual muscle” and live gratefully.

The first of a dozen massive fermentation tanks destined for a Rochester brewery has started its westward journey aboard a barge on the Erie Canal.

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More than 30,000 utility customers in eastern New York lost electricity after severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

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Throughout Friday and Saturday, students, scientists, state and local officials, and area residents are exploring the ins and outs of the PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York, and Bennington, Vermont.

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