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Chesapeake Energy Sells Drilling Rights

Thursday, September 04, 2008

An energy company that leased land to drill for natural gas in the northeast is now looking to sell part of its operation.

Over the past few years, gas companies have been in fierce competition to lease acres for drilling all over Pennsylvania and upstate New ...

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Gotbaum Recommends Less Mayoral Control over Schools

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A new report from a commission appointed by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is recommending that the legislature curtail some of the control Mayor Michael Bloomberg has over New York's public schools.

The report calls for changing the way the independent Panel for Educational Policy is created ...

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Republicans Cheer Sarah Palin

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Over the last week, the world has been learning more about the GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. WNYC's Fred Mogul was on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night for her much anticipated speech, and he joins us now from the Twin ...

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Local Republicans React to Palin's Speech

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New York Republicans gathered in the Flatiron district to watch the convention coverage. Marion Drayfus of the Upper West Side said she was not disappointed by the spirited speech by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

DRAYFUS: I thought it was nine innings, and I thought she ...

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Local GOP Looks to Bring Convention Energy Home

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Local New York delegates in St. Paul for the Republican convention say they're going to bring the energy home from the Twin Cities to their very Democratic state, and persuade it to vote for Sen. John McCain. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

They believe McCain has ...

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State Regulators Approve Wind Power Deal

Thursday, September 04, 2008

State regulators have approved a deal to allow the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines throughout upstate New York.

Spanish energy conglomerate, Iberdrola has acquired Energy East, a Maine-based company, which provides electricity or natural gas to 1.7 million New Yorkers.

The Public Service Commission which ...

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Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year ...

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Bruno Blasts Obama

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In St. Paul, former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno livened up the New York delegation, when he gave a speech comparing Barack Obama to his former rival Eliot Spitzer. Karen Dewitt has more:

Bruno told the delegation that people should beware of articulate charismatic candidates ...

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Race for 25th State Senate District Heats Up

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In a hotly contested race for the 25th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Martin Connor squared off last night against his challenger Daniel Squadron.

During the two hour debate, the 28-year-old Squadron argued he would bring new blood and change to Albany, while Connor, a 30-year-old ...

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Bloomberg to Catch 'Xanadu,' Not Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

All eyes will be on presumptive Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin as she makes her big speech at the Republican national convention tonight. But not Mayor Bloomberg. He says he’s got other plans.

BLOOMBERG: I actually am going to the theater tonight. To see Whoopi Goldberg ...

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City Takes New Swing at School Bullies

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The city's taking a swing at bullies in schools, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Council Speaker Christine Quinn announcing a set of initiatives they hope will curb mean girls and rough boys.

Schools will be required to track and monitor all bias ...

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NYC Transit Cracks Down on Fare Evasion on Buses

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

NYC Transit officials are cracking down on people who board buses without paying the fare.

Officials have identified the worst routes and bus stops and they plan to crack down on them starting as early as next week.

Police officers will be part of the new enforcement, ...

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Tenants Sue Bronx Landlord

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Residents fed up with the living conditions at their dilapidated building in the Bronx are suing their landlord and asking a judge to take the building away from him.

Tenants say the 43 unit building on 175th Street near Crotona Park has been falling apart for ...

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Refugee Summer School

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York City school’s are back in session. Adapting to a new school is always a challenge, but it can be especially hard for the sons and daughters of refugees and asylum seekers -- people who were forced from their homes because of violent conflict ...

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Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who ...

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New York GOP Delegates Talk Party Future

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York's Republican delegates may be in St. Paul to support Sen. John McCain for president, but Albany politics are still on their minds. Long Island Congressman Peter King addressed the group yesterday saying they should use this convention to brainstorm ways to revamp the ...

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Pataki Backs McCain, Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York's former governor, George Pataki, took a shot at Barack Obama and bolstered support for the McCain-Palin ticket, during a breakfast with the Ohio delegation. Reporter Karen DeWitt has more from the Republican National Convention.

DEWITT: Pataki told the Ohio delegates that McCain and V.P. ...

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Silver Faces Primary Competition

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been in office since 1976 and speaker of the Assembly since 1994. He's considered one of Albany's powerful "three men in a room" that determine the fate of legislation, member items, and how the state is run. Some have argued ...

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Columbia Expansion Enters Final Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem is entering its final stage. The state's economic development agency began holding hearings last night on whether it should invoke eminent domain to take possession of properties the university doesn't own.

It's not enough to argue that Columbia's expansion will ...

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Heating Oil Prices Hit Home Owners, Suppliers

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Consider this: in January 2007, a barrel of heating oil cost about a $150. A year and a half later, the price has more than doubled. Despite the recent dip in the price of crude, the small suppliers who sell home heating are so. WNYC's ...

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