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Gas Drilling in Upstate New York Atracts Foreign Investors

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How valuable are upstate New York's untapped natural gas reserves? No one knows for sure. But as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, a new joint venture gives some clues.

REPORTER: StatoilHydro, a Norwegian company, will pay $3.4 billion dollars for a one-third share in Chesapeake Energy's northeast ...

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Visions of a Better Coney Island

Thursday, November 13, 2008

As the city moves forward with a rezoning plan for Coney Island, some groups on the sidelines want to make sure it's as bold and eclectic as the place itself. The Center for an Urban Future surveyed 23 architects, historians, writers and even a video ...

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Greening Your House One Tool at a Time

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So, you want to be green? Looking to buy some eco-friendly soap or flooring or a TV? OK, but how do you know if they really are good for the environment?

MATRANGA: I think all of us are confused.

REPORTER: That’s Vicky Matranga. She’s not looking to ...

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Questions Continue for Informant in Fort Dix Trial

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Last spring the FBI arrested six men for an alleged plot to attack the Fort Dix army installation base in Burlington County, New Jersey. The trial for five of them is underway. Joel Rose is covering the story for NPR, and he joins us now.

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About Those Troubled Assets…

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Treasury says no bailout money will go to mortgage-backed securities. New York contemplates “green jobs” and Douglas Holtz-Eakin says he is “underwhelmed” by Paulson’s performance.

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Artists Apply Creativity to Finances

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This week, the New York Foundation for the Arts awarded $100,000 to eight small dance companies through its BUILD program. Its goal is to help strengthen dance organizations by investing in their management and infrastructure. But it's not the only group pushing artists to rethink ...

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Group Takes Term Limit Suit to Federal Court

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A state court wasn't friendly to their cause, so opponents to the way the city's term limits law was changed have gone to federal court.

REPORTER: Attorney Norman Siegel says federal courts have ruled against elected officials who try to keep themselves in power.

SIEGEL: If you ...

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Why Does Everyone Want to be a Bank Holding Company?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Amex’s decision to reclassify itself, plus job hunt tips for out-of-work Wall Streeters.

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Advocates Push Stem Cell Research Funding

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

With New York state leaders slashing the budget to shrink the deficit, many programs are in jeopardy. Here’s what it could mean for the $600 million fund for stem cell research.

REPORTER: President Elect Obama’s transition chief, John Podesta, said the new administration would likely reverse ...

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City Celebrates Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thousands of uniformed service people from all over the world are gathering in the city today to celebrate the holiday that commemorates their service.

REPORTER: Floats and marching bands will roll up 5th avenue.

But Sergeant First Class Holoway says he doesn't need all the pomp and ...

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NYC to Require Bike Storage for New Buildings

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bicycle commuting is going up across the city, and the Bloomberg administration wants to make life easier for New Yorkers who get to work on two wheels. The Department of City Planning will propose new regulations today to require locked bike rooms in almost all ...

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Chagall and Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater

Monday, November 10, 2008

It tells the story of the Yiddish theater under Communism. Chagall painted backdrops and studies for costumes for the theater. Organizer Susan Goodman says the exhibition is also about much more.

GOODMAN: You begin to see that theater is a window into Soviet Jewish life and ...

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Shaky Economy Threatens New Jersey Commuters

Monday, November 10, 2008

The taxpayer bailout of AIG is growing. Over the weekend, the Fed and the Treasury brokered an additional $40 billion for the mega-insurer, bringing the total rescue package to $150 billion.

And now a local lesson in why AIG was considered too big to fail, and ...

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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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Stopping Term Limit Law

Monday, November 10, 2008

This time, they're filing their lawsuit in federal court, claiming the mayor and speaker Christine Quinn acted illegally when they changed the term limits law by legislation, and not a voter referendum.

Attorney Norman Siegel says legal precedent supports their case, that elected officials cannot act ...

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Term Limits Law Faces Another Lawsuit

Monday, November 10, 2008

Opponents of a change to the city's term limit law are set to announce another lawsuit today. WNYC’s Brian Zumhagen reports.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council member Letitia James and other elected officials will discuss the details of the legal action early this afternoon ...

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NJ Eyes New Restrictions for Teen Drivers

Monday, November 10, 2008

New drivers in New Jersey may soon face more restrictions.

The Assembly's Transportation Committee is set to consider a package of bills this week that incorporate recommendations made by the state's Teen Driving Safety panel. It was commissioned by Governor Corzine to look into ways to ...

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Another Fare Hike?

Monday, November 10, 2008

The MTA says the failing economy is causing next year's deficit to balloon to $1.2 billion, making it even more necessary to hike bus and subway fares, and bridge and tunnel tolls.

Lee Sander, the authotity's executive director, says service cuts are also likely, though he ...

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Senators Voice Concerns About Financial Rescue Efforts

Sunday, November 09, 2008

As Congress prepares to start work on another round of economic stimulus measures to help middle-income households and local governments, US senators from New York and New Jersey are expressing reservations about the first phase of the financial rescue package, the 700 billion-dollar bank bailout.

REPORTER: ...

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Tolls Considered for East River Bridges

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tolls to cross East River bridges may be part of a state commission's plan to close the MTA's $1.5 billion budget gap. The Ravitch commission plans to make its recommendations to Governor Paterson next month. It's also expected to propose higher transit fares and a ...

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