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Fare Increases Approved

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved fare increases on unlimited Metro Cards in a 12-to-2 vote, with the daily fare of $2 staying the same.

REPORTER: Beginning in March, a weekly card will cost $25, which is a one dollar increase, and a monthly card, will increase $5 to $81. Board ...

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Magna Carta Bid Falls Short of Expectations

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A 710-year-old copy of the Magna Carta has been sold at auction for $21.3 million. The document is dated 1297 and is the version of the declaration of human rights that became part of English law.

It had been expected to draw bids of $30 million or higher.

Sotheby's officials call it ...

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Development Plan Takes Shape for City Island

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

For the years since the Federal government handed over ownership of Governor's Island to the City and New York State little appears to actually have happened. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports that is about to change.

REPORTER: The Dutch firm West 8 won the competition to design a 90 acre park-- covering ...

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Airlines Aim to Halt "Bill of Rights"

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The airline industry was in an Albany court yesterday trying to stop a New York "passenger bill of rights" from becoming law in two weeks.

REPORTER: The bill would require airlines to provide food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours. ...

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MTA Set to Approve Fare Hike

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Buses, the subway, Metro North and the LIRR are likely to get more expensive after the MTA meets today to consider fare hikes.

Tolls on East River Bridges and tunnels would also go up.

The standard subway and bus fare will stay at two dollars. But the cost of weekly and monthly ...

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Baseball Pitcher Maintains Innocence in Steroid Controversey

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Roger Clemens denied allegations by his former trainer that he took performance-enhancing drugs, calling them "a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take."

The accusations against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner from his former trainer, Brian McNamee, were contained in last week's report by former Senator George ...

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Lieberman’s Choice? John McCain.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is endorsing his good friend and colleague, John McCain, for president. Lieberman, a former Democrat who's now an Independent, ran as Al Gore's vice presidential candidate in 2000.

REPORTER: He says he's crossing party lines because the war on terror requires a candidate who can unite the ...

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Audit Reveals Medical Provider Fraud

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Some psychiatrists and other medical providers overcharged New York by more than $1.3 million for treatments. That's according to a new audit.

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says in one case he found a psychiatrist repeatedly billed Medicaid for more than 24 hours of treatment in a single day and also ...

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Pricing Plans Presented to Commission

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Members of the commission were presented with about 10 plans - either variations on the city's original proposal or complete departures, such as the idea to toll East River Bridges. Most of these would be significantly cheaper to implement and in some cases, would generate far more revenue than the ...

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Baby Discovered in Dumpster

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A baby girl was found - alive - in a garbage bin in Queens. Police say 2 teens heard the baby crying and discovered her wrapped in a blanket and a paper bag. The girl is believed to be only hours old.

Even with yesterday's freezing temperatures, she's in stable condition ...

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Service Changes Proposed to Subway

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The fare hike is one step closer to being approved. An MTA committee approved the plan to make weekly and monthly Metrocards more expensive, along with commuter railroad tickets.

Meanwhile, New York City Transit is planning service changes that would mean shorter wait times for riders and extended hours of operation ...

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Tenant Bill Goes Before Council

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dozens of tenants are pushing for legislation that would allow them to sue their landlords for harassment. The bill is supposed to protect tenants from being forced out of rent-regulated apartments by unscrupulous landlords.

REPORTER: A landlord group says the legislation will expose too many honest landlords to frivolous claims. Mitch ...

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Integrating First Responder Radios Statewide Harder Than Expected

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Governor Spitzer's top homeland security aide says the state will cancel a contract for a first responders' radio network, and will not have to pay its startup costs, if the system fails field tests for a second time next spring.

REPORTER: Michael Balboni, deputy secretary for public safety, says the state's ...

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Access-A-Ride Strikers Reach Agreement

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A tentative settlement has been reached between striking drivers and the companies that provide public transportation to disabled riders. But, the strike continues until tomorrow, when drivers vote on the deal.

The 1500 member Paratransit Operators Coalition represents 4 of the 14 companies that provide the Access-A-Ride van service for the ...

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Problems with Voting Machines Persist

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

We're now less than 2 months from Super Tuesday, when we may know the nominees for the presidency from each party. The candidates are raising and spending record sums, but the nation hasn't spent much on its election infrastructure.

When all the votes are cast next November, there may be big ...

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Success for Pilot Program

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The city's new experimental program aimed at reducing poverty has paid more than $700,000 to low-income families for good behavior. The money comes from private donors, not taxpayers. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

More than 1400 families received the money, making the average pay out just over $500. Families were paid for ...

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Getting Healthier Foods to Low Income Neighborhoods

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Hoping to combat rising obesity and diabetes rates, city leaders want to encourage more fruit and vegetable street vendors in low-income neighborhoods. The city plans to issue 15-hundred new permits for produce vendors for Harlem, Jamaica, Bed-Stuy, and south Bronx.

REPORTER; Ulysses Kilgore, president of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Care Center, ...

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Bernstein Festival Planned for Next Fall

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic will host a festival celebrating the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

It will begin on Carnegie Hall's opening night next September and run through December 13th, marking what would have been Bernstein's 90th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as the ...

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Government Watchdog for New Jersey

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The state Senate confirmed the nomination of Matthew Boxer as state comptroller. Boxer was nominated by Governor Corzine. The former assistant US attorney used to work in Corzine's office, overseeing state authorities.

The comptroller position was created earlier this year to combat wasteful government spending in an effort to control the ...

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Election Deadlines in Garden State

Monday, December 17, 2007

New Jersey's February presidential primary is several weeks away, but voters and candidates have to meet some key deadlines this week. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

If you are a registered Democrat or Republican, but envy the other party's presidential field and want to vote in their primary, today is your last ...

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