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New York Appoints Privacy Officer To Protect Student Data

The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi on Wednesday.
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Pa. Is 40th State To Launch Open Data Website

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Pennsylvania now has a public open data portal. It's a website where state agencies and government programs can upload and archive raw data so it can be viewed.

40 states already have open data websites, according to the US government's official open data website.

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Binghamton’s drinking water is below the EPA’s lead and copper action level.

Mayor Rich David made the announcement Thursday, saying the city has taken steps to exceed the federal government’s requirements by investing in infrastructure and service lines.

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This past July, Tompkins County banned the box requiring applicants to answer if they’ve had a felony conviction.


The change, which applies only to county jobs, is one tactic being used to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. Another tactic is vocational training inside prison. However, some say those programs don’t necessarily help them on the outside.


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The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi on Wednesday.

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The 12-day New York State Fair begins today in Syracuse. And it will be a different experience for everyone, after a $50 million state-funded renovation of the fairgrounds. 

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Democrats in Tompkins County will have a chance to hear from candidates for the nomination for District Attorney tonight.


Tompkins County has to elect a new DA on a rushed schedule. That’s because Gwen Wilkinson resigned last month for health reasons. Her departure came so late that various party committees - not primary voters - will choose the nominees for the general election.

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A popular state-owned beach in the southern Adirondacks is closed for the second time in less than a week because of high levels of bacteria.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday evening that it has closed Lake George Beach due to coliform counts that exceed health department guidelines.

The DEC says it's also closing all waters in the area known as Dog Beach, located just west of what's also known as Million Dollar Beach.

Great Lakes Waters Can Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

Aug 24, 2016

The Great Lakes have more coastline for beaches than the United States' East and West coasts combined. There are thousands of beaches — and hundreds of drownings each year, in part because of dangerous currents that are very different from those found in the ocean.

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Republican Donald Trump recently held a roundtable of top campaign officials and allies to discuss national security policy. Two conservative Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania—Tom Marino and Lou Barletta—took part.

Barletta in particular is known as a hard-liner on immigration.

As mayor of Hazelton—which he now represents in Congress—he led a broad, controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that hired them and landlords who rented to them.

He said he and Trump share a similar vision for national immigration policy.

It's been a rough summer for supporters of Donald Trump.

A convention that aimed for harmony had some disharmony. The candidate picked arguments with a Gold Star family and with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Polls have shown Trump falling behind.

At a recent rally in Altoona, Pa., Trump told the crowd that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania — a state where he is polling well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — would be in the event of a fix.


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