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Court Blocks Plan to Auction Landing Slots at Area Airports

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A plan to auction off some airport landing slots at New York area airports has hit another snag. WNYC's Marc Garber has more.

The Bush administration's plan to auction some of the slots at LaGuardia, JFK, & Newark has been blocked by a federal appeals court.

The ...

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Suit Aims to Hike Welfare Payments

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A class action lawsuit filed against New York State attempts to raise welfare payments for poor New Yorkers.

It's been nearly 20 years since the state Legislature last increased payments.

Currently, the maximum a single adult on welfare gets is about $137 a month. Plus close ...

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Paterson Wants to Raise Gas Tax

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Paterson is backing down from his pledge to avoid raising taxes to balance the state's budget. He says higher gas taxes will be needed to fill a $15 billion deficit over the next two years, and he defends his proposal to impose $5 tolls ...

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Fares Could Go Way Up if the State Doesn't Help MTA

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The basic subway fare could go up to $2.50 or more, and a monthly Metrocard could surpass 100 bucks if the state doesn't help out.

That's the conclusion of a study conducted by the city's Independent Budget Office and commissioned by the Straphangers Campaign.

The MTA says ...

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Cops Due in Court Today on Sodomy Charges

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Three New York City police officers are due in court today to faces charges they beat and sodomized 24-year-old Michael Mineo of Brooklyn. All three have already turned themselves in this morning to the district attorney's office. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The charges stem from ...

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Officers Indicted for Sexual Assault

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Officer Richard Kern is accused of sodomizing Michael Mineo with his baton. Two other officers, Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales, face charges for trying to cover up the assault.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes credited two witnesses. Transit Officer Kevin Maloney and Police Officer Noel Jugraj ...

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Student Files Suit Against School Guards in Queens

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

REPORTER: About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents. ...

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Studs Terkel Remembered

Monday, December 08, 2008

The life of Studs Terkel, the renowned oral historian, radio personality, actor and writer, was celebrated last night at The Great Hall of Cooper Union. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:

REPORTER: A famous Chicagoan, Studs Terkel was born only a few blocks away from the Great ...

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Brooklyn Hate Crime Denounced

Monday, December 08, 2008

Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is urging the public to help police find the attackers.

ARROYO: This crime is not against one individual. It's a crime against a community of people that are working hard to make a big contribution to this society.

REPORTER: Authorities say one of ...

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Building Biotech in the Big City

Monday, December 08, 2008

INTRO: Biotech is to the 21st Century what industrial grade steel and the internal combustion engine were to the 20th Century. So says one local promoter of the high-tech business of turning genes and proteins and enzymes into drugs and therapies and medical devices. New ...

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Investigating School Safety Officers

Monday, December 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents.

NYCLU's Donna ...

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It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...

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Easing the State Budget Deficit with New Taxes

Monday, December 08, 2008

New York drivers may be facing higher gasoline taxes, and new tolls on East River bridges, as the state looks for ways of closing a $15 billion budget deficit.

Yesterday, opponents of the new tolls suggested that state officials bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by ...

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Council Speaker on Spending Cuts

Monday, December 08, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council have identified close to a half-billion dollars in spending cuts for 2009 and 2010. The cuts would preserve the $400 tax rebate that homeowners currently enjoy. Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins us now.

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Haitian Hurricane Relief

Monday, December 08, 2008

Governor Paterson says there's a new timetable to deliver long-delayed donations to hurricane victims in Haiti three months after four heavy storms hit the Caribbean nation.

He says 40 tons of water, food and medical supplies that have been stored in a Brooklyn Armory will be ...

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The Lost Tunnel of New York

Monday, December 08, 2008

If you stood in front of the Trader Joe's in Brooklyn yesterday, you might've seen dozens of locals mysteriously descend into a manhole on Atlantic Avenue. WNYC's Arun Venugopal joined them underground for a glimpse of "The Lost Tunnel of New York."

DIAMOND: This tunnel was ...

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National Wholesale Liquidator, Liquidating

Monday, December 08, 2008

Why a local discount chain has filed for Chapter 11.

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City Council Identifies $495M in Cuts

Monday, December 08, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Council members have met Mayor Bloomberg's challenge to find more budget cuts to help the city close the budget gap. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: All totaled Quinn says the proposed cuts will save a half-billion dollars in fiscal years ...

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City Council Releases More Proposed Spending Cuts

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The City Council's Budget Negotiating Team has released nearly $500 million in additional spending reduction proposals in an effort to minimize the impact of the fiscal crisis. The cuts would reduce the 2009 budget by nearly $170 million, and the budget for Fiscal Year 2010 ...

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Brazilian Air Force Releases Study on Plane Crash

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Brazilian Air Force investigation has concluded that a switched-off transponder in a Long Island-based jet contributed to a 2006 crash over the Amazon. Two Brazilian newspapers report that investigators determined the two Long Island-based pilots of an executive jet inadvertently placed the transponder and ...

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