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High-Speed Rail Proposed

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Plans for a high-speed rail line have taken a baby step forward, but a two-hour trip from New York to Washington D.C. still faces hurdles. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: Joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters at Penn Station, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ticked off the ...

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Ethics Issues Continue to Dog Congressman Rangel

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The congressional session is drawing to a close, and so far, there's no resolution to the ethical issues raised by the conduct of Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel.

Last week, the House Ethics committee decided to expand its investigation into Rangel's finances, including whether he traded his ...

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High Speed Rail

Monday, December 15, 2008

High speed rail is moving one step closer to reality today.

At Penn Station, Mayor Bloomberg and US Transportation Commissioner Mary Peters announced the federal government is seeking design proposals for 11 high speed rail corridors.

The officials wouldn't put a timeline on the proposed 2-hour New ...

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A High School Economics Class Tackles the Financial Crisis

Monday, December 15, 2008

In today’s financial crisis, regulators and mutual fund managers are throwing out their playbooks. So are high school economics teachers. WNYC’s Lisa Chow goes up to the Bronx and finds out how one group of students is reacting to the troubles down on Wall Street.

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Merger Canceled in Madoff Fallout

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Swiss bank has canceled its merger with a U.S. investment fund linked to Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff, who's accused of securities fraud.

Banque Benedict Hentsch says the termination of its three-month partnership with New York-based Fairfield Greenwich Group is immediate.

On Friday, the Geneva ...

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Hospitals Brace for State Funding Cuts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Across New York, hospitals are warning of reduced service and longer wait times - as they anticipate the state budget Gov. Paterson is set to release tomorrow. But, as WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, that doesn't mean all new capitol improvement projects are being put on ...

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Burned by Bernard

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Madoff mayhem, and what it means.

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Closing Arguments in Fort Dix Terror Trial

Monday, December 15, 2008

Were they just talking tough, or planning a terrorist attack? That's the question jurors will consider when they get the case of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. Closing arguments begin today. We're joined now by Associated Press ...

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Advocates Eye Budget Savings in Prison Closings

Monday, December 15, 2008

As Gov. David Paterson prepares to unveil his next budget plan tomorrow, criminal justice advocates say he could save money by closing prisons. Robert Gangi of the Correctional Association of New York -- says five upstate prisons are under-utilized.

GANGI: The state's prison population has declined ...

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City Launches Free Financial Helpline

Monday, December 15, 2008

Have your credit cards or mortgage payments become characters in your nightmares? Then the city's free financial hotline might help.

All this week, volunteers from financial institutions and universities will be answering calls from 9 AM to 7 PM.

Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says the "Money ...

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Victim's Brother Appeals to Community to Find Bias Attack Assailants

Monday, December 15, 2008

The brother of a Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in an apparent hate crime is urging neighbors to help find the assailants.

Jose Sucuzhanay was walking with with one of his brothers last week when he was attacked by a group of bat-wielding African American men ...

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'Worse Than Projected'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thompson says the global credit crisis has caused the city to lose close to a billion dollars in tax revenue this fiscal year.

The shortfall was felt most acutely in real estate transactions and in personal income and business tax receipts.

A spokesman for the mayor says ...

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City Bus Security Camera Plan Stalled

Monday, December 15, 2008

Even before a bus driver was fatally stabbed over a fare dispute in Brooklyn this month, New York City was trying to install security cameras in buses.

But those cameras didn't work very well and the transit system has canceled the contract.

Bus division head Joseph Smith, ...

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N.J. Reacts to Obama's EPA Pick

Monday, December 15, 2008

The nomination of New Jersey EPA head Lisa Jackson to Barack Obama's EPA is causing a divide between greens in the Garden State.

One Jackson supporter is the director of New Jersey's Sierra Club, Jeff Tittel. He says a vast majority of environmental groups are behind ...

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Drivers May Feel Squeezed in Paterson Budget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tomorrow, Gov. Paterson will unveil his plan for closing the $15 billion deficit that the state is projecting over the next two years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says automobile drivers will feel some of the pain.

REPORTER: Right now, the Department of Motor Vehicles charges about $70 ...

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Shaun Donovan's Appointment to HUD Wins Praise

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Local housing advocates and developers alike are praising President-Elect Barack Obama's decision to appoint Shaun Donovan to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Donovan has headed the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development since 2004. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez talks to Weekend Edition ...

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Ecuadorean Man Dies After Being Attacked in Alleged Bias Crime

Sunday, December 14, 2008

An Ecuadorean man who was attacked in an alleged hate crime in Brooklyn has died after being declared brain-dead Tuesday. Family members say Jose Sucuzhanay died at Elmhurst hospital on Friday as his mother was traveling from Ecuador to see him. Police say three men ...

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New York Hospitals Expanding Amid Expected Cuts

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Many hospitals around New York state are expanding, even as they brace for steep spending cuts when Governor Paterson submits his 2009 budget on Tuesday. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Almost two dozen facilities made their case before the State Hospital Review and Planning Council last ...

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Shaun Donovan Tapped to Head HUD

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

REPOTER: In his radio address today, the president-elect called Donovan an outstanding public servant and said he would bring "fresh thinking unencumbered by ...

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Malcolm Smith Says He Has Enough Votes to be Majority Leader

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens says he's confident he'll have the 32 votes he needs to be the chamber's majority leader. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: After weeks of infighting led by three renegade senators, Smith emerged from the latest of many closed-door meetings ...

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