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NYS Senate Rolls Back 70s Drug Laws

Friday, April 03, 2009

The State Senate has approved sweeping changes to the "Rockefeller drug laws," as part of the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The rollback of the strict drug laws on the books since the days of Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1970s was accomplished ...

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Solace for Returning Combat Troops

Friday, April 03, 2009

The New York Army National Guard now requires that troops returning from combat attend two weekends of training. They don’t involve drills or briefings on new equipment. Instead, the citizen-soldiers attend workshops, including suicide prevention, alcohol and traffic safety, tools for facing troubling feelings that ...

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Clinics Benefit from Federal Fast-Track Funding

Friday, April 03, 2009

Local health clinics are looking forward to expanding staff and services, thanks to ‘fast-track’ funding from the federal stimulus package. Elizabeth Howell of the Community Healthcare Network says her nine-clinic group hopes to being hiring new doctors with the $500,000 she expects to get in ...

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NYC Weighs Water Rate Hike

Friday, April 03, 2009

Today the city's Water Board is expected to consider a double digit water rate hike. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The proposal to increase water bills by 14 percent follows a similar boost last year. City Council Finance Chair David Weprin says the back-to-back hikes ...

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SUNY Budget Raises Ire

Friday, April 03, 2009

Some students and administrators are protesting next fiscal year's proposed budget for SUNY schools. Shirley Strum Kenny, the president of SUNY Stony Brook, is angry that diminishing state aid will effectively offset revenue from recent tuition hikes.

KENNY: It is being hijacked to go into the ...

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The Wheels on the B23 Go 'Round and 'Round -- But for How Much Longer?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

by Ailsa Chang

If the MTA doesn’t get its bailout package from Albany, the B23 bus line in Brooklyn may get cut.

>>B23 Faces the Axe in MTA Crisis

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Visit those in Need

Thursday, April 02, 2009

We define the word "need" broadly in this case. It's not just the down-and-out who can use our care, but friends and neighbors who are feeling the effects of the recession. Worry over job loss or less money can be alleviated when people connect. One artist looking for community posted this text and a photo of his painting to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators.

Billy Fleurima: What I'm about to say is very difficult, but promotion is the key for success. I'm an artist and I'm looking to expose my work. I have a small place in Brooklyn. I would like to change to a gallery, but i need help, money,...I need to know if there is help for artists.

Well, Brian asked all of his listeners if, in fact, they are helping each other and if they had any advice for Billy. You can read the comments and listen to the audio of the segment, Sticking Together. When Billy later replied with an invitation for Brian to come see the art, Brian accepted:

While most of you sent advice about loaning money or finding friends jobs, one person wrote back with help for artists:

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Paterson Pledges to Stop MTA Fare Hike

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson is threatening to force state legislators to approve a plan to avert the MTA fare hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of May. But WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports he isn't giving them a firm deadline. Addressing business leaders ...

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Department of Labor Educates Workers on Labor Laws

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Department of Labor is using immigrant groups and labor unions to educate workers and employers about state labor laws. Alex Lazaro from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union says his group will cover the lower and upper east side as well as Harlem:

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New Yorkers Frolic As Spring Arrives

Thursday, April 02, 2009

On this gorgeous spring day, students from the Waldorf School in Brooklyn are using today's good weather to stretch their legs and shed their winter gear. Six-year-old kindergartener Zisi Blades drew an airplane in the dirt in Fort Greene Park. He says he was saving ...

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Paterson Defends Budget to Business

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson defended his budget in front a ballroom full of business people this morning, many of whom will be paying an 8.97 percent state income tax.

Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York, he called the $132-billion budget balanced ...

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Open Spaces in NYS Get Funding

Thursday, April 02, 2009

New York State is funding some $81 million in bike paths and public spaces. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

BERNSTEIN: A greenway in the south Bronx, a riverfront bike path in Brooklyn and a plaza in Queens are among nine projects to get about $20 million ...

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Councilman de Blasio: NYC Stimulus Transparency Needed

Thursday, April 02, 2009

In an effort to encourage transparency and accountability, Councilman Bill de Blasio has introduced legislation that would require all New York City recipients of federal stimulus funds to report exactly how the money will be spent, and what impact it will have on the economy.

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Brooklyn DA Hynes Indicts 43 in Drug Ring

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes has indicted 43 people involved in what he calls a $2 million drug ring. The 26-year-old accused of running the sophisticated drug operation, Eric "Fat Eddy" Rodriguez, was arrested on March 20th when he was heard on a phone tap ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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