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MTA Needs $30 Billion To Maintain and Expand Services

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The capital plan for the MTA is out early.

It asks for $30 billion over the next five years, a record amount that officials say is needed both to keep up the current level of service and expand it.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says its passage in Albany will be tied up with ...

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Black Cars Go Green

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The city's ten thousand chauffer-driven black cars are going green.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled new fuel efficiency standards that will require the fleet to double its fuel efficiency, from 15 miles to the gallon, to 30.

Marcia Bystryn with the New York League of Conservation Voters notes many black cars idle for ...

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Union Says Corzine's Budget Unfair for State Workers

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Union leaders for New Jersey's state workers say Governor Jon Corzine's budget, which calls for cutting 3,000 of their jobs from the state pay roll, is unfair and they are pledging to fight it.

Union leaders are saying the governor's work force reductions will actually cost the state more money in ...

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Parks Dept. Settles Discrimination Suit

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

REPORTER: The city will pay more than $20 million to black and Hispanic Parks Department employees to settle claims that they were promoted less than white co-workers.

Kathleen Walker has been with the Parks Department for 27 years. She says she was demoted after joining the lawsuit.

WALKER: The point is - ...

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Corzine Proposes Freezing Spending, with $3 Billion in Cuts

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Governor Corzine’s $33 billion proposal reduces state spending from the current fiscal year by 500 million dollars...but does so by actual reductions of 2.7 billion dollars. The governor says he had to do that in order to offset rising costs. WNYC's Bob Hennelly talks with Amy Eddings on All Things ...

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Musicians Rethink Approach to Money Making

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In a time of plunging CD sales and the growth of Internet file sharing, musicians have to rethink their approach. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on how some people could make music pay.

REPORTER: It is possible to make money making music even if some don't see how.

MACLAINE: The realities of making ...

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Sean Bell Trial Begins 3rd Day

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The prosecution countered the defense argument that Sean Bell was drunk and disorderly the night he was killed.

They questioned a bartender from the Club Kalua - who could only recall serving Bell a single drink.

Harrell James - a party organizer known as Bones - also took the stand and said ...

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Day 2 of Trial in Death of Sean Bell

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In the second day of the trial of the detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell, we heard from eye witnesses for the first time. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the Queens State Supreme Courthouse and speaks with All Things Considered’s Amy Eddings.

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Corzine's Budget Reduces Spending, Increases School Aid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's proposed state budget reduces state spending by a half billion dollars but retains his commitment to increase the state’s aide to local public schools.

It was a somber Governor Corzine who stood before a joint session of the state legislature and presented his budget in what ...

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NY Phil's N. Korea Concert is Talk of the Town

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The historic NY Philharmonic concert in North Korea remains the topic of conversation in classical music circles and diplomatic coffee klatches.

REPORTER: WNYC’s John Schaeffer was there and says as the concert ended the audience just continued applauding until the musicians got up to leave the stage.

SCHAEFFER: As they did that ...

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Medical Testimony in Nixzmary Brown Trial

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

REPORTER: According to the Medical Examiner's report, she died from a combination of regular beatings and head trauma.

Dr. Charles Wetli, a forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for Suffolk County, disputed that.

Wetli was called to the stand by defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz, who says the doctor's testimony helps prove ...

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Parks Dept. Settles Bias Suit for $21 Million

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A nine year old class action lawsuit against the city's Parks Department for passing over minorities for promotion has been settled. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says the city will pay $21 million.

REPORTER: Kathleen Walker has worked in the Parks Department for 27 years and says she was ...

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Corzine Delivers Budget Proposal

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Governor Corzine will call for a reduction of the state workforce by roughly 3,500 employees.

Aids to the governor say that for the first time in modern state history, Corzine will propose a budget that spends less than the previous year.

Corzine has identified $1.7 billion in cuts which may include rollbacks ...

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Ohio Reporters Weigh in on Primary

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A week from today, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up with crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas. Both states are rich in delegates.

A critical part of campaigning takes place on the ground and involves thousands of volunteers.

WNYC's Richard Hake takes a closer look at Ohio.

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NYPD Heads to Madrid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Under an agreement signed yesterday, the Police Department will assign officers to posts in Madrid, and officers from that city will be assigned here.

Commissioner Ray Kelly and his Madrid counterpart have formalized a program between the 2 police departments, in which officers from each city share information and work together ...

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Bell Trial Heads Into 2nd Day

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today's the 2nd day of the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell.

Yesterday's opening arguments set the tone and the themes that are likely to be heard over the course of the trial.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the trial yesterday and ...

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Chinatown Raid Nets Over a Million in Counterfeit Goods

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Police seized over a million dollars worth of perfume, handbags, and other counterfeit goods in a dramatic raid today. Dozens of Chinatown businesses, including a massage parlor, were padlocked.

REPORTER: Law officers have been sweeping three buildings owned by the Terranova family, seeking building code violations. Mayor Bloomberg says going after ...

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New York Philharmonic Performs Historic Concert in Pyongyang

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's nighttime in North Korea and The New York Philharmonic has has just concluded its historic concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater, in the nation's capital. WNYC's John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. He spoke with Soterios Johnson.

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Congestion Pricing Supporters Sponsor Print Ads

Monday, February 25, 2008

Supporters of congestion pricing will spend half-a-million dollars on television and print advertisements over the next four weeks. The ads emphasize that charging cars and trucks a fee to drive into central Manhattan will pump an estimated $500 million a year into the transit system.

REPORTER: Anna Vincenty of Nos Quedamos, ...

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Bloomber Says Nader Not s Spoiler

Monday, February 25, 2008

A day after Ralph Nader announced he's running for president, potential independent candidate Mayor Michael Bloomberg is declaring there's no such thing as a spoiler.

REPORTER: He says everyone has a right to run.

BLOOMBERG: There's 330 million people in this country and anybody that's over 35, I think you have to ...

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