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NY State Government
4:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Lago Beats Out Traditions And Tioga Downs For Casino License

Credit courtesy of Lago Resort and Casino

New York State has selected the small town of Tyre, in Seneca County, for the site of one of three new casinos. Lago Resort and Casino beat out the two other applicants in our region -Traditions in Johnson City and Tioga Downs Racetrack.

The winning proposal was the source of controversy among residents in the small farming town.

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Breaking
3:29 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New York Rejects Hydrofracking

Credit wwwukberrinet / Flickr

Environmentalists are celebrating after Governor Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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AP Headlines
5:57 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Power Authority To Continue Low-Cost Power

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved another round of low-cost power allocations.
 
Thirty megawatts of cheaper power will be distributed among 59 businesses and one not-for-profit organization to support more than 10,300 jobs.

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Upstate Economy
5:45 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Decision on Casino Locations Expected Today

After the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board meets for the final time this afternoon, the wait to find out where as many as 4 new casinos in New York will be built might be nearly over. .

The five-person board’s meeting will be streamed online. There’s a press conference afterwards. The decision was scheduled for the fall, winter officially starts on Sunday, and so it looks like they’ll narrowly meet their deadline.

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Budget Season
6:31 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Regents Ask For Part Of State's Budget Windfall

New York lawmakers have some extra money to work with as they get ready for next year’s budget negotiations. The state recently gained $5 billion in legal settlements with banks and insurance companies. Now New York’s schools want a piece of that money.

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Stories from Pennsylvania
4:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Study Finds Significant Leaks Coming From Abandoned Gas Wells

A drilling site in Susquehanna Pennsylvania.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG News

Pennsylvania is littered with old oil and gas wells that date back to the 1860’s. Unmapped and unmonitored, these wells can turn into pollution pathways for oil, gas and brine. About 12,000 of an estimated 300,000 wells have been found and plugged. But the peer reviewed report out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows even the plugged wells are leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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NY State Government
4:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Major Decisions On Casinos, Hydrofracking And Tolls Due Before End Of The Year

Credit Karen DeWitt / WSKG News

It’s looking less and less likely that state senators and assemblymembers will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydrofracking.
 
Lawmakers hopes for a pay raise in the new term are fading with the waning days of 2014, as Gov. Cuomo continues to press for an ethics reform package in exchange for a salary hike.

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AP Headlines
5:58 am
Tue December 16, 2014

SUNY Research Foundation To Pay $3.75M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the Research Foundation for the State University of New York has agreed to pay $3.75 million to resolve allegations that its Center for Development of Human Services manipulated audits of health care programs in 2007-2008.
 
Authorities say the nonprofit foundation contracted with the state Health Department to review and report to the federal government on patients' eligibility for government-funded Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs.

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Health Care
2:44 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NY Health Insurance Exchange Deadline Extended

If you plan to use the New York State of Health Marketplace to sign up for health care, you have 5 more days to enroll if you want your coverage to start on Jan. 1. The state department of health says New Yorkers need the extra time because of the power outages and road closures caused by extreme winter weather since the beginning of this year’s open enrollment.

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AP Headlines
5:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Water Leak Found At Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) - Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure.
 
PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation" but the unit was removed from the grid as a precaution to allow completion of repairs and assure reliability during high-demand winter months.

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