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Financial 411

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It was a roller coaster session on Wall Street today, as the fed tried another move to stimulate the economy, cutting a key interest rate by half a percentage point to one percent, its lowest level in 50 years. The Dow closed down 74 points ...

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NYC Mayor Endorses NJ House Candidate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has made it clear he intends to stay out of the endorsement game when it comes to the presidential election. But in some tough local races the mayor is jumping into the fray.

Yesterday he endorsed Dennis Shulman, the blind psychologist and rabbi from ...

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Long Island Roads Deadliest for Pedestrians

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suburban pedestrians beware. A new report has identifies the most dangerous roads to cross and the infamous Queens Boulevard does not top the list. Long Island's Hempstead Turnpike had three times as many pedestrian fatalities as Queens Boulevard between 2005 and 2007.

Next on the list ...

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Balance of Power Could Shift in NYS Senate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New York Republicans are holding on to their last statewide power-base by a thread. They control the State Senate, 31 seats to 29. If two move from the red column to the blue, the 40-year-old GOP majority will come to an end. Both sides are ...

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Political Pumpkins Popping Up

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reporter: When you want to display your enthusiastic support for a candidate, you can pin a button to your coat; slap a bumper sticker on your car; tape a sign to your window. Or you can do what these two women are doing: carve a ...

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NY Gov: Tax Hikes Unlikely This Year

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says a deepening recession means that he and the state legislature have to find another $2 billion in cuts for the current budget year, and another $45 billion in cuts through 2012. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says the global crisis ...

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From Soccer Pitch to Silver Screen

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

French athlete Zinedine Zidane is a star on the soccer field... and now on the big screen. "Zidane" the film is running this week only at BAM and at Anthology Film Archives.

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter has these observations on the way soccer becomes a work of ...

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NYS Comptroller: Physicians Inflate Insurance Costs

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

State authorities are going after health care providers for over-billing the New York State Health Insurance Program. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says audits uncovered widespread abuses. He says $14 million in reimbursements were linked to inflated claims.

DINAPOLI: These medical providers misled patients and engaged in ...

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Paterson: New York's Fiscal Woes Deepening

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York State faces a $1.5 billion shortfall this year, up from the $1.2 billion projected a just few weeks ago. Governor Paterson says the state's fiscal outlook has grown more dire since this summer.

PATERSON: The budget deficit that I described at that time has ...

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NYC Ups Pubilc Recycling

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

To increase public recycling, the city is adding more than a hundred new recycling bins around the five boroughs.

Citywide, about a third of trash is recycled, but residential recycling is only at about 16 percent.

DOHERTY: And that's an area we have to work on. We've ...

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NJ Election Officials Tackle Absentee Voting

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Today is the last day for New Jersey residents to apply by mail to get an absentee ballot for next month's election. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, election officials are already swamped by absentee ballots.

REPORTER: This is the first Presidential election in which New Jerseyans ...

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Calling Parents: Pre-K Spots Still Available

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More than 5,000 seats are still available in the city's pre-kindergarten classes and City Council members are trying to spread the word.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other Councilmembers are distributing flyers across the city to encourage parents to sign up their four-year-olds by Friday.

Although October ...

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Brooklyn Mom Accused of Beating 11-year-old to Death

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prosecutors say a Brooklyn woman will be arraigned today on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of her 11-year-old daughter.

Thirty-six-year-old Florencia Vasquez reportedly confessed to beating her daughter, Alejandra Vasquez, with a broom, and police say she left the girl ...

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Governor's Grim Mid-Year Assessment

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Governor David Paterson took to a podium at his Midtown Manhattan office and offered a grim prognosis for New York State's economic health. His midyear assessment finds that Wall Street revenues have fallen so low, the state's current budget is now in the red by ...

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Governor Paterson's Budget Prognosis Grim

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Governor David Paterson took to a podium at his Midtown Manhattan office and offered a grim prognosis for New York State's economic health. His midyear assessment finds that Wall Street revenues have fallen so low, the state's current budget is now in the red by ...

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Dial Back 101 Years, Part II

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Financial historian Richard Sylla on what the response to the Panic of 1907 may tell us about the mess we’re in today.

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Mother Arraigned in Daughter's Death

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Florencia Vasquez faces murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges. Police say the 36-year-old gave a videotaped statement and admitted to striking the child. Her court appointed attorney Anthony Baratta says the girl did not die at the hands of her mother, but rather from ...

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New York State Governor Calls for More Cuts to Budget

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In a briefing in his Manhattan office of the latest economic data, Paterson says falling revenues from Wall Street are tearing a one and a half billion dollar hole in the current budget, and a $12.5 billion one in the next budget.

PATERSON: We are also ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Makes Political Endorsement

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has made it clear he intends to stay out the endorsement game when it comes to the presidential election. But in some tough local races, the mayor is jumping into the fray.

He announced he's endorsing Dennis Shulman, the blind psychologist and rabbi from ...

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NYS Dems Confident in Gaining Senate Majority

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York Democrats are expressing confidence that they can take control of the state Senate in next week's election. Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens says years of failed Republican policies have led to high property taxes, thousands of people losing their jobs, and ...

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