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Today in History: Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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On April 1, 1970, President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning cigarette advertisements on radio and television to be effective on January 1, 1971.

Radio ads from 1965:

'Camel's Real Taste'

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No Joke. Tobacco Tax Just Went Up Again

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Starting today, a pack of cigarettes will cost at least $9 in NYC. (Getty Images)

Starting today, a pack of cigarettes will cost at least $9 in NYC. (Getty Images)

Smokers might think it's an April Fools joke, but it's true. A ...

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Sailing Round Manhattan on the Sludge Boat

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Eight million New Yorkers generate a whole lot of sewage, and on any given day some of that sewage - more than two million gallons - is being shipped around on the city's waterways. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was treated to a ride on the city's ...

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Quinn: Eliminate Income Tax for Poor

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Even as City Council economists predict a worsening economy, Speaker Christine Quinn is pressing ahead with her plan to eliminate income taxes on New York's poorest households. She says it's possible if the budget is tightened.

QUINN: I think it is very important that the city ...

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NYS Legislature Misses Budget Deadline

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The State budget will not be on time once again this year after delays and mishaps in the State Senate caused lawmakers to adjourn for the night, after approving just one of nine budget bills. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Voting in the State Senate ...

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Federal Stimulus Increases NY Food Stamps

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Low income New Yorkers are now reaping the benefits of federal stimulus funds. Food stamps went up 13 percent today. That means an additional $40 a month for families like Ann Valdez and her son.

VALDEZ: I guess the best thing I can say is this ...

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B23 Faces the Axe in MTA Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

If the MTA doesn’t get its bailout package from Albany, at least 24 bus lines will be totally cut by the end of spring. One of those is the B23 in Brooklyn, which winds from Borough Park into Flatbush. WNYC’s Ailsa Chang spent a good ...

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Surge in Mortgage Fraud Has DAs Short-Staffed

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The city's district attorneys say they need more money to handle a dramatic jump in financial crimes, like mortgage fraud. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The district attorneys told the City Council's Public Safety Committee that lawyers currently handle between 200 and 300 cases each. ...

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Car Making By Fiat

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

How Chrysler could be saved by a resilient Italian automaker. Guest: Josh Whitford, Columbia University.

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Supreme Court Rules Cost Issue in Plant Upgrade

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government may consider cost when deciding if Indian Point and other nuclear power plants must upgrade. Alex Matthiessen is president of Riverkeeper - among the groups that sued the EPA over the plants cooling system. He says ...

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Vietnam Remembered in Poetry and Jazz

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

On this first day of Poetry month, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa meets up with jazz violinist Billy Bang. They're both veterans who have used their art to deal with painful memories. More on Billy Bang and Yusef Komunyakaa


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Taxi Fee on Table in MTA Bailout

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are still trying to come up with a way to rescue the MTA, and prevent big fare hikes and service cuts. The latest idea: a 50 cent fee on all cab rides. The news has angered cabbies, who say the fee would ...

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Feds to Decide Future of Oyster Creek Power Plant

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A decision could come today on the future of the nation's oldest operating nuclear power plant. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear power station was built on a tidal marsh north of Atlantic City. On April 10th - the plant's 40th ...

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Senate Dems Float "Taxi Tax"

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is not taking a position on a proposed 50-cent taxicab surcharge, but says all options should be considered when it comes to bailing out the MTA.

REPORTER: The taxi tax idea is being floated by some State Senate Democrats.

BLOOMBERG: I don’t know how real ...

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On the Other Side of 25,000 Evictions

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Everyday we’re hearing about foreclosures and evictions, about people getting tossed out of their homes during this economic crisis. In New York City, there is a band of 48 marshals who evict people for a living. They do more than 25,000 evictions a year. You ...

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DOE Criticized for Out-of-State Contracts

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

City lawmakers say the Department of Education should follow the same standards as other agencies when awarding contracts. At a hearing today, lawmakers criticized the department for taking money away from the city's small businesses in favor of larger out of state companies. But the ...

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Bloomberg Meets With GOP Leaders

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg continues to work his charm to get on the Republican Party ballot line in November's election, meeting with local, state and national Republicans this evening.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says the leadership hasn't made a decision yet, but he hasn't forgotten that ...

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Brooklyn Launches Program for Sex Crime Victims

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Orthodox Jewish leaders and the Brooklyn District Attorney's office are launching a new initiative to fight sexual abuse in their community, after a sharp rise in reported cases. DA Charles Hynes says the initiative is called Kol Tzedek, "Voice of Justice."

Hynes: In the book of ...

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A Recession Hero: Behrooz the Good Broker

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

By Jennifer Hsu, Femi Oke of The Takeaway

Sam Jordan, a Takeaway listener in New Jersey, wants you to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days. We found this broker who, even ...

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Chicago Sun-Times Joins the Bankruptcy List

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

 

With over $800 million in debt, the Sun-Times Media Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.

Due to a decline in advertising revenue, this renders both of Chicago's major daily ...

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