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The leader of the New York Senate has surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.

New York state police are defending the actions of two troopers who placed a 5-year-old special needs student in handcuffs and shackled his feet while bringing him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

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Suburban New York police officials say an officer has been placed on modified duty and is under investigation after posting a racist photo on Facebook.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says the U.S. should allow people from Nepal who are living in the U.S. to overstay their visas without the risk of deportation while their country recovers from its recent earthquake.

Comedian and writer Alison Larkin will be performing at a benefit tonight at the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

Larkin, the best-selling author of The English American, spoke to with WAMC's Lucas Willard about her new one-woman show, and her life and work in the Berkshires.

The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.mahaiwe.org/

Dean G. Skelos, the Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges. The New York Times reports the arrests could come as early as next week.

State lawmakers are expecting passage of a bill that would help establish a regional visitor center for the upper Hudson and Hoosic river valleys.

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The conflict over a proposed parking structure for the Saratoga Springs City Center continues. The owners of a neighboring restaurant are speaking out against a proposed zoning amendment that they feel would allow the project to block their existing solar panels.

It may be three years until the next statewide election, but potential candidates are already staking out their positions. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman both say they are content with their jobs, and would like to keep them longer.

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Erin Coe will return to the art museum as director Charles Guerin steps down.

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