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5:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

NY Plays Central Role In GMO Labeling Debate

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Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume.

Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients.

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4:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Negotiations Underway Over NY Medical Marijuana

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The lead sponsor of a measure to legalize medical marijuana in New York says negotiations are underway with the governor's office and the Assembly in hopes of having an agreement by Monday.

Sen. Diane Savino's comment came Thursday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's open to the so-called "Compassionate Care Act," but has reservations about the drug being exploited.

While the Staten Island Democrat met with reporters, the bill moved from the finance committee to the rules committee, its final stop before a vote in the Republican-led Senate.

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1:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Albany Airport Unveils 6 Electric Car Chargers

EV's recharging at Albany (NY) International Airport
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The New York Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on Wednesday unveiled the first of 100 planned installations they’re partnering on to charge electric vehicles statewide.  It's part of a larger effort that seeks to encourage more electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

SAVE Saratoga Urges City To Pursue More Oversight In Racino Expansion

Members of SAVE Saratoga at a December press conference.
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As a key deadline nears, an organization against Las Vegas-style gambling in Saratoga Springs is urging the City Council to assert its authority to pursue more involvement in a planned expansion at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Much of the recent controversy related to gambling in Saratoga Springs has focused on the proposed expansion of the Racino, which is still on the table even though a Vegas-style casino plan is not, and how much oversight the city will have in the process.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

SUNY Chancellor Announces Higher Education Coalition To Support Common Core

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher spearheaded the launch of a coalition of 200 college presidents and state higher education leaders aimed at supporting and implementing Common Core standards.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rep. Owens To Host Export Forum In Queensbury

Small business owners in the Southern Adirondack region are gathering Friday to discuss ways to increase exports as a means of boosting the local economy.

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New York News
4:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Micah Kellner: Assembly Harassment Findings

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A New York assemblyman faces the loss of his staff and offices after an ethics committee found he continued to violate that house's sexual harassment policy.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, will lose his Albany and district offices and staff allocation by month’s end.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NY Speaker Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike, Dream Act

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

Silver told reporters Wednesday the two measures are top priorities :  the minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York to impose a local minimum wage  up to 30 percent higher.

The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Competition For Casino Heats Up Along Mohawk

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The competition for a casino along the Mohawk River is coming to the forefront as Schenectady County lawmakers support a project in the Electric City, and more details will soon be revealed on a proposal in neighboring Montgomery County.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Cuomo To Up Fight Against Heroin

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Acknowledging that heroin use is at epidemic proportions, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rockland Community College in Suffern Wednesday to announce a multi-pronged approach to fight the scourge.

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