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WQXR News

After Weeks of Wrangling, Senate Approves New York State Budget

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lawmakers finally completed the over-four-months-late state budget on Tuesday evening.

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WQXR News

Student Achievement Plummets on NYS Exams

Thursday, July 29, 2010

After years of steady improvement, it now appears that test scores have fallen in New York State. The percentage of elementary and middle school students passing the annual math and reading tests has dropped by double digits. Just 53 percent of students met the standards on their English Language Arts exams in grades 3 through 8. That's a 24 percentage point drop since last year. The percentage of students passing the math tests fell by about the same, with just 61 percent now on grade level.

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WQXR News

President Obama Signs Bill to Extend Jobless Benefits

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The president signed the bill hours after it was approved by the House.

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WQXR News

NYS Budget Director: Layoff Plans Could Come Next Month

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson’s budget director says a layoff plan for state workers may be drawn up as early as August, and numbers will depend on the results of an early retirement plan.

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WQXR News

New York More Likely to Lose Federal Medicaid Funding

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

State and city officials in New York are bracing for the loss of $1.7 billion in federal Medicaid funding, after Congressional Democrats dropped the funding in order to win GOP support for a bill to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans.

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WQXR News

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC Policy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television.

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WQXR News

Paterson Proposes New Revenue Bill

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has proposed a new revenue bill that would close the state’s budget gap, but he says the legislature is refusing to accept the measures.

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WQXR News

Comptroller DiNapoli Says New York Racing Association on the Edge of Insolvency

Monday, July 12, 2010

The New York state Comptroller says the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is once again facing insolvency early next year if a contract to expand gambling at the Aqueduct Race Track is not settled soon.

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WQXR News

NYS Budget Delayed Again

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Hours before the state's final budget bill was to be voted on, New York's Senate has shelved it until after the July 4th holiday.

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WQXR News

Paterson on the Budget, His Trip To D.C., and How He Will Sign 6,900 Vetoes

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New York Governor David Paterson sat down with WNYC's Karen DeWitt to discuss the state's delayed budget, his lobbying trip to Washington and how he expects to actually sign 6,900 vetoes of the legislature's proposed member items.

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Transportation Nation

Shannon Trice Will Stop You, Distracted Drivers

Thursday, April 08, 2010

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(Syracuse, NY - Transportation Nation) On the window sill next to Captain Shannon Trice's desk, there's a toy cop car. Instead of the badge of the Syracuse Police Department, where he's worked for the last 20 years, it has the logo of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Trice is a traffic nerd.  He's worked on a bunch of federal-state-local programs, reads the studies.  The toy car is one of a few awards he's won for traffic safety programs.  He's a modest man, but you can almost get him to brag about how many tickets he's written as part of New York State's "Click It or Ticket" program -- something he does for an hour now and then just to get out of the office.  He has served long enough to see the difference his work has made.

But Trice and the Syracuse PD are now taking on a new challenge.

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WNYC News

Re-Thinking Reentry: Improving Parole

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Angela Jimenez (left), director of Downstate Operations, New York State Division of Parole, and Yvonne Oliver, a parole officer at the Harlem Parole Reentry Court, visit The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about the work of parole officers and the challenges faced by former ...

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WNYC News

Who's more powerful in Washington -- Paterson or Bloomberg? (What's in the Stimulus, Part 2)

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's not just WHAT you get, it's how you get it -- and New York State and City may not be on the same page. For example, when it comes to education, the state prefers the Senate version, because -- you guessed it -- under the Senate version the state ...

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