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NYRA Stays in Charge of Race Tracks

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A deal has been struck between state officials and the New York Racing Association that will allow NYRA to continue to operate the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks for the next 25 years.

NYRA's board still has to approve the deal, which was confirmed by two state officials who spoke ...

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Criticism For "Empire Zones"

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The state's Empire Zone program is taking a beating in Albany.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told a budget hearing yesterday that the multimillion dollar program isn't monitored closely enough to determine whether it's effective at retaining and attracting jobs.

Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said Empire Zones have failed to turn around the ...

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Ron Brown Dance Co Opens at Joyce

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Ronald K. Brown dance company "Evidence" opens its season at the Joyce theater Tuesday. The Brooklyn-born dancer and choreographer draws on dance styles from all over the African diaspora.

This year he's presenting the U.S. premiere of a work inspired by the African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris. Brown says that ...

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Quinn Seeks Budget Cuts and Innovation in Lean Times

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Predictably, Council Speaker Christine Quinn used her State of the City address to lay out her priorities for the coming year. But, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, she was also being sized up as the first woman who could be elected mayor. Last year, the speaker's challenge was how to ...

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Focus Shifts to Superdelegates

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: With the Democratic primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton very close, super delegates are getting more attention.

They're high-level elected officials and party members who can attend the Democratic National Convention in August and back whomever they want.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says she's sticking with Clinton, regardless of what ...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Denounce Lawsuit Against New Law

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Citizen watchdogs are defending the city's new campaign finance reform law after a lawsuit challenging it was filed in federal court. The lawsuit contends that the reforms hurt the prospects of minority candidates, because of new limits on campaign contributions from businesses and lobbyists.

REPORTER: According to the plaintiffs candidates who ...

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Prosecution Rests in Beating Death Trial

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of Cesar Rodriguez. He's accused of murdering his stepdaughter - 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown.

The defense was going to call Rodriguez's wife as its first witness tomorrow, but after a contentious hearing, a judge ruled against her taking the stand.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

During the ...

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Bloomberg Speaks at Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg addressed a climate change conference at the UN yesterday. There, he announced a plan to reduce the use of tropical hardwood by city agencies.

After his speech, he said climate change should be front and center for lawmakers all over the world.

BLOOMBERG: Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass ...

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Therapy Dogs: Champions Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: Tonight, judges will decide the "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

As the canine contest was beginning, volunteers from 2 local dog therapy programs gathered at a charity benefit.

The groups, "Angel on a Leash" and the "Good Dog Foundation," provide dogs are ...

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Brainwaves at the Rubin Museum of Art

Monday, February 11, 2008

Last night at the Rubin Museum of Art, a musician, a filmmaker and a neuroscientist got together to talk about out-of-body experiences. It was part of the museums’ Brainwaves series, which explores how music, art and meditation affect the brain. Jazz composer and pianist Vijay Iyer took part in the ...

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New Site Aimed at Former Foster Kids

Monday, February 11, 2008

REPORTER: Youth Communication is launching a site that will list resources for finding things like housing and college scholarships.

Director Keith Hefner says being in foster care is often traumatic and many teens require mental health services.

HEFNER: There's a list of probably 200 clinics that you can click on and you ...

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Deal Could End Writers Strike

Monday, February 11, 2008

Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative agreement that would allow their members to end a walkout that's dragged on for almost 4 months.

The writers are expected to be back at work this week.

Melissa Locker Benavidez is a staff writer at televisionwithoutpity.com and she joins us ...

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Changes to Corzine's Road Plan

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine says he'll probably drop Route 440 from his plan to use highway tolls to pay down state debt and fund transportation projects.

Corzine's announcement got cheers yesterday at a town meeting in Middlesex County.

The governor is touring the state's counties to sell the plan, which would increase ...

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Fire Safety Program Unveiled

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Fire Department is unveiling the largest fire safety campaign in its history.

The Sound the Alarm campaign was prompted by a fire in the Bronx that took the lives of 9 children and an adult last March.

The campaign features ad educating people about the importance of smoke alarms and proper ...

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Writers' Guild Considers Tentative Agreement with Producers

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New York-based entertainment writers are optimistic that they can end their three-month-old strike and get back to work this week.

REPORTER: Writers' Guild East president Michael Winship says union members are reacting positively to a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers:

WINSHIP: The general sense of it ...

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Writers' Guild Leadership Backs Contract Deal

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Writers for New York-based television shows could be back to work by Wednesday. Leaders of the Writers Guild of America decided today to recommend a proposed three-year contract to union members and ask them to approve a quick end to the walkout, which has dragged on for more than three ...

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Mayoral Candidates Get Windfall of Donations Ahead of New Law

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The campaign contribution limits passed by the city council last June take effect this month. Under the new law, any person doing business with the city is limited to making a $400 contribution for any candidate for citywide office or $250 dollars for city council candidates. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly ...

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NJ Utility Rates to Rise

Saturday, February 09, 2008

New Jersey residents will see double-digit increases in their electric bills come this summer. The rate hikes range from 10 and a half percent to 17 percent. Regulators cited the sharply higher prices that utilities must pay to deliver electricity to customers, due primarily to record increases in costs for ...

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More Voting Machine Options for New York

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The state Board of Elections has added four companies' voting machines to a revised list from which county officials may choose. Complying with a judge's orders and under a federal timeline, each of New York's 6800 polling places must have at least one disabled-access machine for the fall elections.

Counties had ...

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Newark's University Hospital Could Face Layoffs

Saturday, February 09, 2008

University Hospital in Newark could soon be hit by layoffs. The hospital is losing millions of dollars every month, according to the president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, William Owen Junior. He says the state's largest provider of charity care doesn't receive enough compensation.

The state-run ...

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