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Marcellus Shale
6:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo Says Fracking Study Will Be Out By Year's End

Gov. Cuomo hasn't taken a position on hydrofracking in New York, saying only that he'll let the science decide.
Credit courtesy of Cuomo campaign

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review  will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day. He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report”.

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Programs on WSKG
4:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From Vaccines To Hazmat Suits, Innovators Aiding The Fight Against Ebola

From vaccines to better hazmat suits, innovations are aiding the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien debriefs with Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
More online: Ebola sounds scary but these diseases are the real threat: http://to.pbs.org/1tlYR5p

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2014 Election
7:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Debate Focuses On Corruption, Fracking, Housing Discrimination Charges

Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott during debate in Buffalo.
Credit Eileen Eibol / WBFO News

Four of the candidates for governor of New York faced off in an hour long debate Wednesday night, where they discussed a number of key issues, and the two major party candidates traded charges of lying,  and even racism.

Governor Cuomo , a Democrat, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott talked about hydro fracking,  legalizing marijuana and, being in Buffalo, the Bills football team.

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Local Governments
8:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Democrats Critical Of Proposed Broome County Budget

Democratic Broome County Legislators Dan Reynolds, Jason Garnar and Mark Whalen want reversals to several cuts in County Executive Preston's budget.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG News

The Democrats in Broome County say County Executive Debbie Preston’s proposed budget for 2015 includes too many cuts. They say the Republicans controlling the legislature and county executive office are hiding revenue to justify the cuts.

Democratic County Legislator Dan Reynolds criticizes the county’s decision to close the mental health clinic and cut 20 mental health department positions.

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Programs on WSKG
4:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Canadian Parliament Locked Down After Shootings In Ottawa

Several gunshots were fired inside and around Canada's parliament building in Ottawa today. One soldier was killed in the attack, which police believe may have involved more than one shooter. Gwen Ifill has the latest updates on the situation. 

More online: Gunman kills soldier in Ottawa: http://to.pbs.org/ZNRvvX

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Upstate Economy
4:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NY Food Distributor Creating App To Track Local Farm Offerings

Credit US Department of Agriculture / via flickr

Does anyone out there want know what crops local farmers are producing? There’s an app for that, or at least there should be one soon. Senator Chuck Schumer announced federal funding for Greene County food distributer, Field Goods, to develop one.

Donna Williams’ company Field Goods connects many of the Capital Regions and Hudson Valley farms with a larger diverse consumer base, but it can be tricky.

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2014 Election
3:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Democrats Enjoy Large Leads As Debate Approaches

A new poll from the Siena Research Institute found a 21-point lead for Gov. Cuomo over his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has a 27-point lead over Robert Antonacci and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is 20-points up on John Cahill.

Cuomo's lead is a 9-point drop from the last Siena poll, with a 54-33 point lead over Astorino. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is up from 7 to 9 points.

More from the poll after the jump.

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AP Headlines
7:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New York Settles Public Defender Funding Lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his administration's agreement with the New York Civil Liberties Union to improve criminal defense for the state's poor addresses longstanding inequities.

The agreement settles the lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven years ago, saying New York systemically provided inadequate staff and money for constitutionally required defense lawyers in the 57 counties outside New York City.

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2014 Election
6:12 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Tonight's Public Broadcasting Debate Is The One-And-Only Chance For Cuomo's Challengers

One of the questions Gov. Cuomo may face during tonight's debate is how his administration plans to finance a rebuild of the Tappan Zee bridge, and how much tolls will increase.
Credit Courtesy of governor's office

 Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will participate in a debate broadcast on WSKG Public Television and Radio. Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott will appear together  in the one hour debate,  the only televised candidate contest of the 2014 governor’s race.

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5:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Regents Adjust Graduation Requirements

New York’s high school students now have more choice in how they fulfill graduation requirements. As of Monday, the Board of Regents allows students to opt out of one of the social studies Regents exams. Instead, they can take a test in another field.

Regent James Dawson says the change in graduation requirements is aimed at students who tend to fall through the cracks in high school.

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