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7:52 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Prepares First Responders For Oil Train Accidents

Pennsylvania and New York have been seen increases in the number of trains carrying oil passing through their borders in recent years.
Credit Brad Clinesmith / via flickr

The State of Pennsylvania is facing a safety concern similar to one that has been in the news recently in New York: On any given week… up to 75 trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota roll through the Keystone State.

Over the last year… a sharp increase in accidents involving these oil trains has prompted emergency officials in Pennsylvania to make sure first responders are prepared.

Officials from about seven government agencies, the railroad CSX and the refinery in South Philadelphia are responding to a faux fiery train accident on a rail bridge right in the city’s downtown.

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AP Headlines
7:35 am
Tue October 21, 2014

GlobalFoundries Says IBM Employees Will Keep Their Jobs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — GlobalFoundries' chief executive says the chip manufacturer plans no shutdowns or layoffs at IBM's semiconductor factories in New York's Hudson Valley and Vermont.

Announcing the deal Monday, Chief Executive Sanjay Jha says GlobalFoundries will welcome about 5,000 IBM employees including "800 of the best technologists in the world."

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7:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Bill Gates And 900 Cornell Students Talk Computers, Education And Tax Policy

Credit Joshua B. Ludzki / WSKG Public Media

As both an industrialist and a philanthropist, Bill Gates has defined our age.  The Microsoft co-founder brought the information age into nearly every home, and with the profits, he and his wife have funded over 30-billion dollars in grants to health, educational and other charitable organizations. Earlier this month, Gates spoke to students at Cornell University about his company, his foundation and his good luck. The tycoon was introduce by Cornell President David Skorton...

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2014 Election
7:09 am
Tue October 21, 2014

NY Campaign Moves On From Debating Debates To Tax Returns

Credit courtesy of Chris Moss campaign / via Facebook

The Democratic ticket for governor is calling on Republican candidate Rob Astorino and his running mate Chris Moss to release their tax returns.

Governor Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul have both publicized their own returns going back a few years.Astorino has only released returns for one year. Chris Moss says voters know how much he makes as Chemung County Sheriff, but he isn’t willing to show them any of his tax returns.

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NY State Government
6:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Cuomo's Appeals Court Pick Raises Partisanship Concerns

Credit wadester16 / via flickr

Governor Cuomo’s nominee to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, is a former Rensselaer County Integrated Domestic Violence Court administrative judge named Leslie Stein.  

Stein is a Democrat, and was nominated to replace Republican Victoria Graffeo, who could have been renominated for another term.

But Cuomo chose to go with a Democrat and that’s too bad, says Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle. He says the Court of Appeals has now taken a step toward becoming politicized, similar to what the Supreme Court has become.

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2014 Election
5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

No Consensus On NY Redistricting Ballot Amendment

Next month, voters will decide whether they want to change the way redistricting is done in New York, by voting on a ballet amendment that would change the state’s constitution.  But there are difference of opinion over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering, or not.

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Stories from The Innovation Trail
4:44 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Drones Take Off In Canada, Not US

Commercial drones are waiting for approval from the FAA to begin flying in the United States.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

The Canadian aviation agency, Transport Canada, has approved the flights of more than 300 small unmanned aerial vehicles so far this year, just in the northern region of the country alone.

"In Canada, as globally, UAV is exploding. It’s a huge growth area," says Joe Barnsley, an aviation attorney based in Winnipeg.

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AP Headlines
8:09 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Cuomo Nominates Appellate Court Judge To Top Court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has selected a midlevel appellate judge from Albany for the state's highest court.

Justice Leslie Stein, a jurist for the past 17 years, will replace Judge Victoria Graffeo on the seven-member Court of Appeals.

Graffeo's term is expiring next month. Her name was on the short list of seven potential nominees and the only Republican.

Cuomo cites Stein's judicial experience and says she has helped women, families, domestic violence victims and vulnerable New Yorkers have a voice in the legal system.

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Stories from Pennsylvania
4:17 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Turning Frack Water Into Profit Proves A Challenge

Fracking wastewater is often treated to remove the solids, which are sent to landfills, while the treated water can be sent back down the well.
Matt Richmond WSKG News

Inside a big industrial building not far from downtown Pittsburgh, Mike Broeker shows off what he hopes is the next big thing in cleaning up the fracking business.

"We have three 8 foot diameter satellite dishes. These are the most common satellite dishes in the world--typically used for radio communications," says Broeker.

You might say these are no ordinary satellite dishes--but, that’s the thing. They are totally ordinary satellite dishes. What Broeker’s company puts on the surface of these dishes--that’s the “not so ordinary” thing happening here.

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2014 Election
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Astorino Campaign Proposes Public Safety Measures

Chris Moss is running for lieutenant governor on Rob Astorino's ticket.
Credit Astorino for Governor


The Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are taking aim at New York’s SAFE act and hoping to place more police officers in schools. When Chris Moss talks about the ticket’s plans, he points to his experience as Chemung County Sheriff.

“When I sat down and I talked with Rob Astorino, there’s things that I’m going to take control of immediately, and I imagine they’d be things like homeland security, the direction of the state police, department of corrections,” Moss says.

One of Moss’s proposals to keep New Yorkers safe is to use video conferencing to conduct pretrial proceedings for jail inmates.

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