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Plans to Change the Way we Fly in and out of the NYC Region

Monday, January 14, 2008

Local officials say a new federal plan to ease flight delays nationwide is only a short term solution to a larger problem. The U-S Transportation Secretary was in New York to announce some new rules for airlines. WNYC's Richard Hake reports.

REPORTER: Currently when a plane lands its charged a fee ...

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Sen. Clinton Talks About MLK in Midtown

Monday, January 14, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign to New York today, and spoke about the legacy of Martin Luther King at a union event in Midtown.

REPORTER: Her appearance comes as Clinton engages in a week-long, back-and-forth debate with rival Barak Obama over questions of racial sensitivity. Clinton took a conciliatory ...

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Disabled Demand Improved Accessibility

Monday, January 14, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Eric Gioia, the chair of the City Council's Investigations Committee, outlined recommendations for the subways and buses, commuter rail lines, taxis, and the Access-A-Ride paratransit system.

GIOIA: Every single Acces-A-Ride should have GPS. It shouldn't take you 4 hours to get from the Bronx to downtown New York for ...

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No Show for Winter Storm

Monday, January 14, 2008

REPORTER: The big snow storm never materialized for the city.

Over the weekend, the National Weather Service said that the city could get 5-8 inches of snow. But this morning, there's just rain in the city.

John Christantello, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says yesterday's mid-40 temperatures were expected to ...

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The Art of Small Things

Monday, January 14, 2008

With Super Tuesday just around the corner, culture critic Claudia La Rocco discusses two performances that mix the personal with the political.

Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People at DTW

Sharon Hayes at the New Museum

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Ethanol Faulted for High Milk Prices

Monday, January 14, 2008

Senator Schumer's office surveyed 90 grocery stores across the city and in Long Island and found that milk is 35% more expensive than it was a year ago.

The biggest jump was in Brooklyn, where a gallon costs $4.34 - that's a $1.23 more than it was last January.

Schumer says the ...

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Mike Bloomberg, the Non-Candidate

Monday, January 14, 2008

It's still an open question - will he or won't he run for president?

Aides to Mayor Bloomberg have been quietly laying the groundwork for an Independent bid, while in public the mayor continues to deny he's running. Here's his latest denial, given to reporters just after last week's State of ...

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Tankleff's Lawyer Confident There Won't Be a Retrial

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A defense lawyer for Martin Tankleff says he's confident that a new investigation won't lead to a retrial for the Long Island man who served 17 years in prison for his parents' murder before his conviction was overturned last month.

All charges against Tankleff were expected to be dropped by the ...

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Corzine Hits the Road to Pitch Toll Increases

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine has hit the road to sell voters on his plan to raise highway tolls. Corzine kicked off his 21-county tour with a public hearing in Livingston Saturday. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there:.

REPORTER: The crowd of 900 spilled out of the high school auditorium and into the ...

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Deutsche Bank Investigation Targets Subcontractors

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The grand jury considering criminal charges in connection with a deadly fire at the former Deutsche Bank is focusing primarily on the private contractors working on the building's demolition, rather than on the government agencies that hired them. That's according to sources familiar with the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation.

A new ...

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Three Cunard Queen Ships to Meet off Lower Manhattan

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The three Queen ships of the Cunard line, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Victoria are expected to meet in the waters off Lower Manhattan Sunday night. This is the only time the three Queen ships will ever meet. A fireworks show will illuminate the ...

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New York and Connecticut Investigating High-Risk Loans

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Authorities in New York and Connecticut are investigating whether Wall Street banks hid information about high-risk loans bundled into securities sold to investors. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is not commenting, but Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says the investigations center on so-called "no-doc" or "exception" loans that did ...

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Bloomberg Tells City Agencies to Tighten Their Belts

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Governor Spitzer says he wants to cap state property taxes, leaving the burden on municipalities to make up the difference.

REPORTER: Speaking on his weekly WABC radio show, Mayor Bloomberg said he's not sure whether he'll have to raise property taxes in the city, but he has asked city agencies to ...

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Bill Clinton Calls Sharpton to Explain "Fairy Tale" Remark

Saturday, January 12, 2008

As the presidential hopefuls court the black vote ahead of the South Carolina primary, Bill Clinton is working to undo some of the damage he's done to Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign with his comment that seemed to suggest that the campaign of Illinois Senator Barack Obama is a "fairy tale." ...

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Giuliani Says His Campaign Has "Quite a Bit of Money"

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rudolph Giuliani says he didn't ask any of his presidential campaign staffers to forgo their January paychecks, but some volunteered to do so to stretch the campaign's funds.

REPORTER: About a dozen senior staffers are working for free this month. It's been seen as a sign of possible money trouble for ...

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Atlantic Yards Opponents Suffer a Defeat

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Opponents of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development have suffered another setback. A state judge on Friday rejected a complaint alleging flaws in the environmental review of the planned sports and residential complex. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: In her decision, Judge Joan Madden at times sympathized with the plaintiffs' arguments. But she ...

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Busy Courts Mean Backup in Foster Care

Friday, January 11, 2008

Following her death, reports of abuse and neglect skyrocketed. The result - an increasingly overburdened family court system. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

According to a report by the Center for New York City Affairs, court-ordered supervision cases have nearly doubled since 2005.

At a City Council hearing, Administration for Children's Services Commissioner ...

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National Network Prepared for Bloomberg

Friday, January 11, 2008

In Virginia, the "Draft Bloomberg" vehicle is an existing party - the Independent Greens.

That effort is led by Carey Campbell, an accountant who says he's paying $1,000 a week out of his pocket to pay for a full-time professional petitioner to travel the state to ensure the effort gets 20,000 ...

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Proactive Approach to City's Rat Population

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: It's hired 20 new inspectors and exterminators to comb neighborhood "hot spots" that have been known to attract rats and record any sign of rodent activity into a hand held computer.

Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says the new system will allow the Health Department to teach people ...

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Slow Times for 2nd Avenue Business

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Dan Garodnick says several hundred businesses located on 2nd Avenue face losses because of construction work and reduced foot traffic.

Eddie Crowe opened the Crowe's Nest restaurant last spring, before construction began. Now, business is down and once the weather warms, he won't be able to seat customers on ...

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