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H1N1 Vaccines Now Available to All New Yorkers

Friday, December 11, 2009

With supplies high and demand low, officials are making the swine flu vaccine available to ALL New Yorkers. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Previously, the vaccine was only available for people in priority groups, such as pregnant women, caregivers of newborns and people with chronic ...

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Bike Access to Office Buildings Now In Effect

Friday, December 11, 2009

A new law mandating bike access to office buildings goes into effect today, but there's a catch. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: The city's planning commission says biggest obstacle to increasing bike commuting is limited access to safe bike parking. The new law will begin to ...

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Food Stamps Usage On the Rise

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Food stamp usage is on the rise. In the Bronx for instance, more than 400,000 people use food stamps. That’s close to 30 percent of the borough’s entire population. According to the city, since 2007 usage has increased 26 percent in the Bronx. WNYC’s Cindy ...

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Bruno Convictions May Spur Ethics Reform in Albany

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senator Dan Squadron, a Democrat who's sponsoring ethics reform legislation, says the conviction of the former senate leader for hiding ...

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Bloomberg, Klein Defend Math Reforms

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New York City students made no significant progress on their national math exams. But the Bloomberg Administration says that doesn't mean its reforms have stalled. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Fourth grade scores were flat and eighth grade scores went up just slightly on the ...

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Locals Demand Living Wage for Jobs at Kingsbridge Armory

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A City Council committee is set to vote this morning on the controversial plan to turn a former National Guard Armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: City Council members say it's the closest fight over any real estate ...

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ACS Worker Murdered In Front of Children

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A 30-year-old child protective caseworker was shot-and-killed in front of her two young daughters yesterday morning in the Bronx. Police say they're reviewing her past cases, but so far have no leads.

According to the Administration for Children's Services, Lakesha Scriven was hired in 2005 and ...

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Another Type of Fight at a Bronx Armory

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

An effort to boost the wages of some low income workers is set to face a key vote in the City Council today. Proponents want workers at a large city-backed development project in the Bronx to get more than minimum wage. But the developer of ...

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Fare Game: Traveling by Bus This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Millions of Americans take to the road every Thanksgiving, and for many New Yorkers it's in a bus. Competition among bus companies has intensified this year with big multinationals jumping in and selling one-way tickets to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington for as cheap as $1. ...

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Day of Outrage Called For Today

Monday, November 23, 2009

(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)


The National Action Network, a civil rights organization found by Rev. Al Sharpton, is calling today a 'National Day of Outrage.' It is holding a rally in Times Square to protest what ...

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NRA Fights Back Against Bloomberg's Gun Control Coalition

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a known gun control advocate, and has built a national platform to stem the flow of illegal guns into cities and towns. The group he co-founded in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has grown from 15 to 526 mayors. Its success ...

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Bronx Borough President Says Violence Must Stop

Friday, November 20, 2009

(Nigel Treblin/AFP/Getty Images)

(Nigel Treblin/AFP/Getty Images)

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says residents have reached the breaking point with gun violence after 15-year-old Vada Vasquez was hit in the head by a stray bullet Monday.

Diaz told WNYC's Brian Lehrer he'll hold ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Outrage in The Bronx

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. talks about his plans to reach out to gang leaders following the shooting of a teenage girl caught in crossfire.

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Five Gang Members Charged in Bronx Shooting

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Police say five members of the Bloods street gang, face attempted murder charges in a Bronx shooting that caught a high school girl in the crossfire. The accused shooter is a 16-year-old boy. The others are 18 through 23. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior, ...

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Discord Over Worker Benefits at Kingsbridge Project

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A City Council subcommittee has heard from both sides in the lively debate over the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. The Related Companies wants to turn the former National Guard facility into one of the city's largest shopping malls.

City Council Member Robert Jackson says he ...

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Public Hearing on Kingsbridge Armory Today

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hundreds of people are expected to show up at City Hall this morning for a public hearing about the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has the details.

REPORTER: The Related Companies is proposing to turn the former National Guard Armory into one of ...

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Major Reconstruction Project Slated for Major Deegan to Begin in 2012

Monday, November 09, 2009

Traffic on the Major Deegan in the Bronx is fated to get worse before getting better. The state Department of Transportation is planning a $250-million project just south of Yankee Stadium. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The state's transportation department wants to reconstruct the Major ...

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Bronx Drug Bust Yields 53 Arrests

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A Bronx drug bust early this morning called Operation Rotten Apple involved 450 federal and local agents, and resulted in charges against 53 men and women. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more:

REPORTER: The names of the alleged drug dealers sounded straight out of central casting. There ...

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Metro-North's Yankee Station Falls Short of Expectations

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Yankees still have a chance to finish the season strong as they head back to the Bronx this week, but a new MetroNorth station built to serve the new ballpark in the Bronx came up a little short of expectations. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has ...

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NYPD Looks Into Speeding Up DWI Tests

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Top brass within the city's police department are looking into ways to shorten the time it takes to get blood alcohol tests after a suspected drunk driver refuses a breath test.

The panel's formation comes after two recent fatal drunk driving accidents involving off-duty cops. Both ...

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