Economy
8:14 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Cuomo Tours Upstate To Push For Minimum Wage Hike

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken his call to raise New York's minimum wage to Buffalo.
 
The Democratic governor and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul appeared with labor leaders and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Tuesday at a Boys and Girls Club to detail his plan to raise the wage to $10.50 and $11.50 in New York City.

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Government
5:45 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Budget Watchdog Group Says Cuomo Counting His Chickens Before They're Hatched

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses. But a watchdog group says Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized. 

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Sports
8:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Bill To Legalize Mixed Martial Arts Advances In NY

Mixed martial arts star Jon Jones is a graduate of Union-Endicott High School.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — has resumed with a state Senate committee advancing legislation.

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Health
4:25 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Pfizer's Pneumonia Vaccine Okayed For Adults In EU

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NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer's blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia and other bacterial infections has won another approval, for use in European Union residents aged 18 and older.

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Government
3:38 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Wolf Seeks Billions In Higher Taxes For Schools, Tax Revamp

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D).
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve $4 billion in higher taxes and new taxes to help boost school aid and shift education funding away from local property taxes.

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History
3:32 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

They Call Me "Cool Fool": A George Haley Story

 

    

To conclude our series highlighting historical black residence of our region we discuss the life of Bath, NY native Lt. Col. George J. Haley.

Haley volunteered in WWII as a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. He fought in multiple wars, flying over 90 missions in WWII alone.

More history from the Twin Tiers can be found here.

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Politics
7:26 am
Tue March 3, 2015

NY Senate Backs Term Limits For Legislative Leadership Posts

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's state Senate has endorsed term limits on legislative leadership, though the idea is unlikely to win approval in the Assembly.
 
The Senate voted Monday to impose eight-year limits on the Senate leader, Assembly speaker and minority leaders and committee chairpersons in both chambers. Those individuals could keep their legislative seats but couldn't continue in their leadership positions.
 

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Economy
7:14 am
Tue March 3, 2015

NY Comptroller DiNapoli To Detail Economic Impact Of Farms

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will release a report on agriculture's statewide economic impact.
 
There are roughly 36,000 farms in New York and agriculture remains a multi-billion dollar business in the state. Dairy farming is especially important to New York state.
 
DiNapoli will release a report detailing how farms affect the state economy in Albany on Tuesday at a New York Farm Bureau breakfast.

Education
10:16 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Hundreds Of Teachers Rally Against Cuomo's Education Plans

NYSUT President Karen Magee and others protest Governor Cuomo's education proposals at the New York state capitol Monday.
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Hundreds of teachers rallied at the New York state capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda. The teachers, including New York State United Teachers Union Vice President Andy Pallotta, say Cuomo has declared a “war” on students, parents, and teachers, and is advancing a “test and punish” agenda.

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Energy & Environment
1:24 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

With His First Budget, Wolf Gears Up For Gas Tax Fight

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Governor Wolf made taxing natural gas drillers the centerpiece of his campaign, and as he prepares to give his first state budget address Tuesday  the issue has once again taken center stage in Harrisburg. Click here for the full story.

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