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The leader of the New York state Senate Democrats says she agrees with Governor Andrew Cuomo that a special session on ethics reform wouldn’t be productive right now, despite the recent convictions of two former top members of the Senate.

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Food Network star Sandra Lee plans to head home soon following a hospitalization for complications from a recent double mastectomy.

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New York’s Capital Region has become a hub for high-tech manufacturing and nanoscience. While those terms may bring computer chips to mind, a weeklong symposium wrapping up today in Albany is exploring how nanoscience can be used in medicine. 

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According to President Barack Obama, more than 90 percent of households headed by a college graduate have Internet access, while fewer than half of low-income households have similar access. The president says the "digital divide" puts these individuals at a disadvantage by limiting their educational and economic opportunities because the Internet is increasingly needed to find a job, finish homework or keep in touch with family and friends. The mayors of a handful of upstate cities agree, and are taking action.

While praising President Obama's work in the issue, and promising not to lobby his fellow lawmakers to follow his decision, New York's Senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Charles Schumer, issued a statement last night in opposition to the joint comprehensive plan of action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Schumer is the highest ranking Democrat to come out against the plan. A strong supporter of the agreement is Thomas Pickering, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Russia and Jordan and  the U.S. Ambassador to the UN during the first Gulf War. Ambassador Pickering, now vice chairman of Hills and Company, says the deal with Iran is rock solid.

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New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.

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New York’s political world is focused on a race in the Southern Tier that could help determine the future of the State Senate.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the State Senate, Tom Libous, was convicted of lying to the FBI over obtaining a politically connected job for his son, and had to resign his seat in late July. The Binghamton based Senate district has held by Republicans for the past one hundred years, and has included the former Senate Leader, Warren Anderson.

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

New York State

State officials joined economic developers and company CEO's on a Wednesday bus tour of some of the Capital Region's current economic development projects.

Officials with the New York Racing Association have capped attendance for Saratoga's biggest race day.