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Cuomo Goes After Drugstore Chains

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is initiating legal action against the CVS and Rite Aid drugstore chains.

Investigators, with the attorney general's office say they found numerous products on shelves long after their expiration date at stores across the state. These included expired medicines, as well as baby formula and eggs.

Arthur Levin ...

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Report: More New Yorkers Going Hungry

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More New Yorkers are struggling to feed themselves and their families. The annual report from the Food Bank for New York City says that, between 2003 and 2007, the number of people who had trouble affording food jumped 55 percent, from 2 million to 3.1 million. Aine Duggan is the ...

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Educators Call For End To Achievement Gaps

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The heads of the New York City and Washington, D.C., school systems have joined with the Rev. Al Sharpton and others to press for a shake-up of public schools, calling the achievement gap between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts the nation's most pressing civil rights issue.

By the ...

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OTB Future Uncertain

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

As the future of the city's Off-Track Betting begins to look more and more bleak, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding firm on his promise to pull the plug on the parlors if Albany does not come up with a rescue plan by his deadline this Sunday.

BLOOMBERG: New York City is ...

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Union Foes Killing Property Tax Cap In State Legislature

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A proposed property tax cap supported by Gov. David Paterson and most New Yorkers appears to be dead. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

REPORTER: Nassau County executive Tom Suozzi, who headed Paterson's committee on the cap, says that after years of rising taxes, the time for a cap is now. But neither ...

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AG Sets Up Home Health Registry to Combat Fraud

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New York will create an Internet registry for home health aides to help combat Medicaid fraud. Home health care is one of the fastest growing parts of the health care economy.

REPORTER: Along with Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the state ...

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Judge Orders Pay Raise for Judges

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A State Supreme Court judge has ordered the legislature to raise the pay of judges within the next 90 days. The case was brought by four judges who argued that by earning the same as they did in 1998, they were essentially earning 30 percent less than they did 10 ...

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Jobs Program Helps Minorities Break In to Film Business

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Brooklyn-based job program is trying to get minorities into the film industry by training them to be Production Assistants on everything from commercials, to reality shows to big budget films. The work is supposed to help people with limited schooling and a lack of connections get their foot in ...

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One More Landowner Settles with Columbia Univerity

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Columbia University has made a deal with one of the last owners of private property in the neighborhood where it wants to create a new campus.

The school says it will trade land it owns in Washington Heights for a six-story warehouse in West Harlem now owned by Hudson Moving and ...

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Storms Down Trees and Powerlines

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Utility crews around New Jersey are working to restore power this morning after thunderstorms tore across the region overnight, knocking down trees and wires.

About 90,000 customers are without electricity around the state, most of them are customers of PSE&G, which says it could take days for service to be restored ...

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OTB Workers Call For City-State Deal

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

With just days to go before a deadline is reached, the union representing Off-Track Betting workers rallied this morning the steps of City Hall.

Leaders of the DC-37 union called on the governor, the mayor, and state legislators to unite around a plan to save OTB in New York City. The ...

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Contractor Faces Criminal Charges

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Brooklyn contractor is being charged with manslaughter today in connection with a fatal construction site accident in East New York last March.

Brooklyn prosecutors say the contractor, William Lattarulo, ignored safety hazards and forced employees into dangerous situations to keep the project on schedule. Authorities say Lattarulo ignored advice from ...

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WTC Site Faces More Delays: PA

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another delay in the rebuilding effort at the World Trade Center site, and more fines for the site's owner, the Port Authority.

The agency says it will pay developer Larry Silverstein between $9 and $18 million, because it will not meet a June 30 deadline to finish the excavation work for ...

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Companies Cited In Fatal Scaffold Accident

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two companies have been issued violations in last December's scaffold accident that sent two window washers plummeting 47 floors from a Manhattan skyscraper. One of the two men was killed. The survivor, Alcides Moreno, underwent 16 operations and remains in rehabilitation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations accusing the ...

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Public Hearings On Education Funding

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Department of Education is holding public hearings across the boroughs this week on the city's controversial contracts for excellence school funding proposal. The public will get to chime in on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's proposed $450 million in cuts. WNYC's Elaine Rivera has more.

REPORTER: The public will also be ...

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City to Get Break From the Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Just one more day.

The scorching temperatures that have smothered the New York City metro area are expected to break on Wednesday, but people have to get through Tuesday first.

For the fourth day, the metro area is expected to face scorching temperatures well into the 90s. The National Weather Service warns ...

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Report Questions NYPD Training

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An outside review of shootings by New York City police officers generally praises the department's procedures, but it finds many lapses in officers' training. The Rand Institute's Bernard Rostker says trainees only get to practice a particular shooting scenario once during their six months at the Police Academy, and students ...

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Mini 'Skyscraper' Unveiled in Midtown

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There is a gleaming new skyscraper in midtown, but this one is only sixty feet tall. It's a stainless steel sculpture by the California artist Chris Burden, built to resemble a structure created from the old child's toy, an Erector Set.

REPORTER: The sculpture, titled "What My Father Gave Me," was ...

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Mayor Urges Energy Conservation as Teachers File Complaint over Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Con Edison is asking New Yorkers to do what they can to cut back on their electricity usage, as the utility continues to grapple with scattered outages. Brooklyn and Queens are the most affected, with about 175 customers without power.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also urging electrical conservation.

BLOOMBERG: If you could ...

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Lehman Raising $6B In Capital, Expects $2.8B Loss

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lehman Brothers is taking a nearly $3 billion loss in its latest quarterly report, and it's had to raise $6 billion in fresh capital to ensure its survival. The news confirms fears on Wall Street that the credit crunch isn't over yet.

But Lehman appears to be in better shape than ...

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